Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera

  • US 7,994,471 B2
  • Filed: 02/14/2011
  • Issued: 08/09/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an attachment element attached at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield of the vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror system;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly configured for attachment to said attachment element;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a structure that includes (i) a mount for attaching said interior rearview mirror assembly to said attachment element and (ii) a pivot element;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an interior rearview mirror head pivotally attached at said pivot element;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror head includes an electrochromic rearview mirror element;

    wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, said interior rearview mirror head is adjustable by a driver of the equipped vehicle about said pivot element to adjust a rearward field of view of said electrochromic rearview mirror element;

    wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, at least two accessories are encompassed by said structure of said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said structure comprises at least one of (i) a polymeric structure formed by molding and (ii) a metallic structure formed by metallic fabrication;

    wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, said structure covers said at least two accessories from view by the driver operating the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, said structure includes at least one of (a) a portion abutting close to the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and at least partially encompassing where said at least two accessories are disposed, and (b) a portion contacting the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and at least partially encompassing where said at least two accessories are disposed; and

    wherein one of said at least two accessories comprises a forwardly-viewing camera and wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to said attachment element, said forwardly-viewing camera views through the vehicle windshield.

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