Exterior mirror vision system for a vehicle

  • US 8,262,268 B2
  • Filed: 11/15/2011
  • Issued: 09/11/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/17/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior minor vision system for a vehicle, said exterior mirror vision system comprising:

  • a driver-side exterior rearview mirror assembly mounted at a driver side of a vehicle equipped with said exterior mirror vision system, said driver-side exterior mirror assembly comprising a driver-side mounting portion configured for mounting at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, a driver-side exterior minor housing portion, and a driver-side reflective element housed by said driver-side exterior mirror housing portion;

    wherein said driver-side exterior rearview minor assembly comprises at least one of (i) a driver-side breakaway exterior rearview mirror assembly and (ii) a driver-side powerfold exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein, when said driver-side exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, said driver-side exterior mirror housing portion is movable relative to said driver-side mounting portion;

    wherein said driver-side exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a driver-side light module and a driver-side camera;

    wherein said driver-side light module is sealed so as to be substantially water-impervious;

    wherein said driver-side light module comprises a driver-side security light;

    wherein said driver-side security light, when activated, illuminates a driver-side zone on the ground adjacent the driver side of the equipped vehicle at a cabin entrance at the driver side of the equipped vehicle and wherein said illuminated driver-side zone is substantially unchanged when said driver-side exterior mirror housing portion is moved relative to said driver-side mounting portion of said driver-side exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said driver-side security light, when activated, illuminates at least a portion of said driver-side zone with at least about one lux ground illumination intensity;

    a passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assembly mounted at a passenger side of the equipped vehicle, said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly comprising a passenger-side mounting portion configured for mounting at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, a passenger-side exterior mirror housing portion, and a passenger-side reflective element housed by said passenger-side exterior mirror housing portion;

    wherein said passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assembly comprises at least one of (i) a passenger-side breakaway exterior rearview mirror assembly and (ii) a passenger-side powerfold exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein, when said passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, said passenger-side exterior mirror housing portion is movable relative to said passenger-side mounting portion;

    wherein said passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a passenger-side light module and a passenger-side camera;

    wherein said passenger-side light module is sealed so as to be substantially water-impervious;

    wherein said passenger-side light module comprises a passenger-side security light;

    wherein said passenger-side security light, when activated, illuminates a passenger-side zone on the ground adjacent the passenger side of the equipped vehicle at a cabin entrance at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle and wherein said illuminated passenger-side zone is substantially unchanged when said passenger-side exterior mirror housing portion is moved relative to said passenger-side mounting portion of said passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assembly; and

    wherein said passenger-side security light, when activated, illuminates at least a portion of said passenger-side zone with at least about one lux ground illumination intensity.

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