Vehicle exterior rearview mirror system with a highly viewable display indicator for the driver

  • US 8,242,896 B2
  • Filed: 11/07/2011
  • Issued: 08/14/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/24/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system, said vehicular exterior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mounting portion adapted for mounting at a side of a vehicle;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror casing portion;

    a mirror actuator disposed in said mirror casing portion;

    a mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprising a mirror reflective element;

    wherein said mirror reflective element sub-assembly is attached to said mirror actuator whereby, in a vehicle equipped with said exterior rearview mirror assembly, the rearward field of view of said mirror reflective element can be adjusted by a driver of the equipped vehicle;

    said mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprising a mirror back plate, said mirror back plate formed by injection molding;

    wherein said mirror reflective element is fixedly attached to said mirror back plate;

    said mirror back plate comprising an actuator mounting portion for attaching said mirror reflective element sub-assembly to said mirror actuator;

    said mirror back plate comprising a display indicator, fixedly secured thereto, having a light source that is activatable to emit light;

    wherein said mirror back plate, including said display indicator fixedly secured thereto, and said mirror reflective element adjust in tandem when the driver of the equipped vehicle adjusts the rearward field of view of said mirror reflective element via actuation of said mirror actuator to which said mirror reflective element sub-assembly is attached;

    wherein, when activated, said light source emits light that is principally viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said display indicator is associated with a blind spot detection system of the equipped vehicle and wherein said light source of said display indicator is activated responsive to sensing by a sensor of said blind spot detection system of an object in a blind spot at a side of the equipped vehicle at which said exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted; and

    wherein, during daytime operation of the equipped vehicle and when said light source is activated and with said exterior rearview mirror assembly mounted at a side of the equipped vehicle, said display indicator, as viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle, is operable to have a luminance of at least about 5,000 nits.

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