Exterior mirror having a display that can be viewed by a host driver or drivers of other vehicles

  • US 8,058,977 B2
  • Filed: 10/22/2007
  • Issued: 11/15/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/24/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element;

    a mirror back plate attached at a rear surface of said mirror reflective element, said mirror back plate formed by injection molding and having a display receiving portion established thereat, said mirror back plate being molded to have an integral light baffle at said display receiving portion;

    a display element having a light source that is activatable to emit light, said display element attaching to said display receiving portion of said mirror back plate and said light source being activatable to emit light through said display receiving portion and through said light baffle; and

    wherein said light baffle is configured to allow light emanating from said display element to pass through said light baffle at a predetermined angle so that light exiting said mirror reflective element when said light source is activated is viewable from a direction that is one of (a) generally away from the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by drivers of other vehicles and so as to be substantially not viewed by the driver of the host vehicle, and (b) generally toward the driver of the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by the driver of the host vehicle and so as to be substantially not viewed by drivers of other vehicles, said light baffle substantially shielding the light emanating from said display element so that the light is substantially non-viewable from another direction.

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