Vehicular accessory mounting system with a forwardly-viewing camera

  • US 7,888,629 B2
  • Filed: 05/18/2009
  • Issued: 02/15/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle, said accessory mounting system comprising:

  • an assembly adapted for mounting at and demounting from a receiving structure at a portion of an interior surface of a windshield of a vehicle;

    a light absorbing layer at said portion of the windshield of the vehicle, said light absorbing layer at least partially hiding said assembly from view by a viewer external the vehicle when said viewer is viewing through the windshield with said assembly normally mounted at said receiving structure;

    wherein said light absorbing layer includes a light transmitting portion;

    a forwardly-viewing camera disposed at said assembly;

    said forwardly-viewing camera viewing through said light transmitting portion of said light absorbing layer at said portion of the windshield of the vehicle when said assembly is mounted at said receiving structure; and

    wherein said assembly comprises a pivot element and wherein said pivot element has electrical wiring passing therethrough, said pivot element connecting to an interior mirror.

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