Vehicle information display system

  • US 8,170,748 B1
  • Filed: 01/06/2012
  • Issued: 05/01/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An information display system for a vehicle, said information display system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly disposed at the interior cabin of a vehicle equipped with said information display system, wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a mirror reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector;

    a video display screen disposed in said interior rearview mirror assembly, wherein, when said video display screen is operating to display information, the displayed information is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle through said transflective mirror reflector of said mirror reflective element, and wherein, when said video display screen is not operating, the presence of said video display screen behind said transflective mirror reflector of said mirror reflective element is substantially not discerned by the driver of the equipped vehicle normally viewing said mirror reflective element when operating the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said video display screen is operable to display video images captured by a backup camera of the equipped vehicle for assisting the driver during a reversing maneuver;

    a transmitter disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    a graphical user interface and at least one user input, wherein said graphical user interface generates instructions for operation of said transmitter;

    wherein said video display screen is operable to selectively display video images captured by said backup camera and instructions from said graphical user interface;

    wherein, when the equipped vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver, said information display system displays said video images captured by said backup camera; and

    wherein said graphical user interface interactively operates with said at least one user input for display of instructions for operation of said transmitter.

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