Accessory module system for a vehicle window

  • US 8,256,821 B2
  • Filed: 12/14/2005
  • Issued: 09/04/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory module system for a vehicle windshield, said accessory module system comprising:

  • an accessory module assembly comprising a frame assembly defining a plurality of sites for the modular location of accessories within the frame assembly;

    wherein said frame assembly includes at least two mounting elements that are spaced apart from one another and configured for adhesively attaching to an interior surface of a vehicle windshield to mount said accessory module assembly in the vehicle;

    wherein a first site of said plurality of sites is configured for the modular location of a camera and wherein said first site includes structure to support said camera so that said camera has at least a generally horizontal forward field of view through the vehicle windshield when said accessory module assembly is mounted in the vehicle;

    wherein a second site of said plurality of sites is configured for the modular location of a rain sensor;

    wherein said plurality of sites comprises at least a third site and wherein said at least a third site is configured for the modular location of at least one of (i) a sensor, (ii) a temperature sensor, (iii) a window temperature sensor, (iv) a compass sensor, (v) a closing velocity sensor assembly, (vi) a communications assembly (vii) a transmitter and (viii) a receiver, (ix) a light sensor assembly, (x) a humidity sensor assembly, and (xi) a display assembly; and

    the accessory module assembly further comprising a cover assembly detachably connectable to the frame assembly.

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