Interior rearview mirror system

  • US 8,325,028 B2
  • Filed: 01/06/2012
  • Issued: 12/04/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • a mirror mounting button adhesively attached at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head and a mirror support;

    wherein said mirror head comprises a mirror reflective element and a mirror casing;

    wherein said mirror support comprises a mirror mount that is configured to mount said interior rearview mirror assembly to said mirror mounting button at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said mirror mount, when mounted to said mirror mounting button, provides a breakaway connection;

    wherein said mirror support comprises a first pivot element and wherein said mirror head comprises a second pivot element that pivotally attaches at said first pivot element to pivotally mount said mirror head at said mirror support via a single pivot joint;

    a forward facing camera disposed at said mirror support, wherein said forward facing camera has a field of view through the vehicle windshield when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted at said mirror mounting button at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said forward facing camera comprises a CMOS camera; and

    wherein said forward facing camera captures images for a collision avoidance system of the equipped vehicle.

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