Vehicular interior rearview information mirror system

  • US 7,918,570 B2
  • Filed: 11/15/2010
  • Issued: 04/05/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview information mirror system for a vehicle, said interior rearview information mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror housing and a reflective element;

    wherein said reflective element comprises an electro-optic reflective element having a mirror reflector;

    wherein said mirror housing is adjustable relative to an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle;

    wherein adjustment of said mirror housing by a driver of the equipped vehicle adjusts a rearward field of view of said electro-optic reflective element when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle;

    an information display operable to display information for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said information display comprises a reconfigurable liquid crystal display comprising a plurality of pixels;

    wherein said information display is disposed in said mirror housing rearward of said mirror reflector of said reflective element, and wherein information displayed by said information display is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle viewing through said reflective element when said information display is displaying information;

    wherein information display intensity of said information display is adjustable responsive to determination of a light level at said interior rearview mirror assembly by at least one photosensor of said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a forward facing camera having a forward field of view in the direction of forward travel of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said forward facing camera views through the windshield of the equipped vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly accommodates circuitry that, at least in part, is part of a lane departure warning system.

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