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

  • US 8,466,779 B2
  • Filed: 08/10/2012
  • Issued: 06/18/2013
  • 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 equipped with said vehicular exterior rearview mirror system;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror actuator;

    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;

    a display indicator having a light source that is activatable to emit light, and wherein said light source comprises at least one light emitting diode;

    wherein said mirror back plate, said display indicator 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 said light source of said display indicator is disposed behind said mirror reflective element and wherein light emitted by said light source passes through said mirror reflective element to be viewed 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 the side of the equipped vehicle at which said exterior rearview mirror assembly is mounted;

    wherein, when said light source is activated, said display indicator, as viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle, displays a generally triangular-shaped icon; 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 generally triangular-shaped icon, as viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle, has a luminance of at least about 5,000 nits.

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