Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle

  • US 7,914,188 B2
  • Filed: 12/11/2009
  • Issued: 03/29/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A rearview mirror system for a vehicle, said rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly having a case, said case housing an electro-optic reflective mirror element;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a mirror mount that is configured for attaching said interior rearview mirror assembly to an attachment element at an interior of a vehicle;

    wherein, when said mirror mount is attached to said attachment element at the interior of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly, said reflective mirror element has a field of view rearward of the equipped vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including a pivot joint enabling a driver of the equipped vehicle to pivotally adjust said case to set the rearward field of view of said reflective mirror element to the driver'"'"'s desired setting;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a base portion disposed generally at a windshield of the equipped vehicle when said mirror mount is attached to said attachment element at the interior of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said base portion comprises said mirror mount;

    wherein said base portion does not adjust relative to said attachment element when said mirror mount is attached to said attachment element and when the driver of the equipped vehicle pivotally adjusts said case to set the rearward field of view of said reflective mirror element to the driver'"'"'s desired setting;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a video camera disposed at said base portion, and wherein said video camera has, when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle, a field of view towards the windshield of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, with said mirror mount of said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, said base portion of said interior rearview mirror assembly encompasses a rain sensor.

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