Vehicle accessory system

  • US 8,405,726 B2
  • Filed: 05/14/2012
  • Issued: 03/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said vehicular accessory system comprising:

  • a mounting element;

    wherein a first side of said mounting element comprises an attachment portion for attachment of said mounting element at a vehicle windshield of a vehicle equipped with the accessory system;

    wherein, at least when said mounting element is attached at the vehicle windshield, a module is mounted at a second side of said mounting element that opposes said first side;

    wherein said module comprises a housing having a windshield-facing side that faces towards the vehicle windshield when said module is mounted at said second side of said mounting element attached at the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said housing of said module has a cabin-facing side that faces away from the vehicle windshield towards the interior cabin of the equipped vehicle when said module is mounted at said second side of said mounting element attached at the vehicle windshield;

    wherein a camera is disposed in said housing between said windshield-facing side of said housing and said cabin-facing side of said housing;

    wherein said camera comprises an imager and a lens;

    wherein said windshield-facing side of said housing comprises a generally wedge-shaped recess;

    wherein, with said module mounted at said mounting element attached at the vehicle windshield, said wedge-shaped recess tapers from the vehicle windshield; and

    wherein said camera, with said module mounted at said mounting element attached at the vehicle windshield, views through the vehicle windshield via said wedge-shaped recess.

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