Vehicle exterior rearview mirror system with indicator module

  • US 8,466,780 B2
  • Filed: 04/20/2012
  • Issued: 06/18/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/06/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror casing and a reflective element;

    an indicator module, wherein said indicator module comprises a housing, a circuit element and a lens element;

    wherein said circuit element is disposed in said housing, said circuit element comprising at least one light emitting diode in electrical connection with a connecting element;

    wherein said connecting element protrudes through said housing for electrically connecting said circuit element to an electrical connector of said exterior rearview mirror assembly when said indicator module is attached at said exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said lens element is disposed at said housing and wherein, when said at least one light emitting diode is powered, light emitted by said at least one light emitting diode passes through said lens element;

    wherein said housing comprises at least one attachment element for mechanically attaching said indicator module at a mounting structure of said exterior rearview mirror assembly, and wherein, when said indicator module is attached at said mounting structure, said lens element is disposed at an aperture of said mirror casing, whereby said lens element of said indicator module is viewable at the exterior of said exterior rearview mirror assembly and said housing of said indicator module is substantially concealed by said mirror casing of said exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said indicator module comprises a sealed module that is substantially impervious to water; and

    wherein said indicator module provides a blind zone indicator that is operable to indicate to a driver of a vehicle equipped with said exterior rearview mirror assembly that an object or other vehicle is detected at a side region of the equipped vehicle.

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