Vehicular accessory system with a cluster of sensors on or near an in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield

  • US 8,513,590 B2
  • Filed: 10/15/2012
  • Issued: 08/20/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    a receiving structure attached at an in-cabin surface of said windshield, wherein said receiving structure comprises one of (i) a contiguous receiving structure comprising a contiguous perimetal portion and (ii) a non-contiguous receiving structure comprising at least two spaced apart elements;

    a structure attached at said receiving structure, wherein said structure comprises a portion that attaches at said receiving structure;

    wherein, with said structure attached at said receiving structure, a cluster of individual sensors resides on or near said in-cabin surface of said windshield, and wherein said cluster of individual sensors includes a forwardly-viewing camera; and

    wherein, with said structure attached at said receiving structure, at least one of said individual sensors is removable from said structure for service.

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