Accessory system for vehicle

  • US 8,531,278 B2
  • Filed: 04/02/2010
  • Issued: 09/10/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a windshield, said windshield having an outer surface that is exterior of the vehicle when said windshield is mounted to a vehicle equipped with said accessory system and an inner surface that is interior of the vehicle when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield is at an angle relative to vertical when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield has a mounting element adhesively attached at said inner surface;

    an accessory support adapted for mounting to and demounting from said mounting element, said accessory support including an accessory receiving portion configured to receive an accessory;

    wherein at least one of (a) said accessory support comprises part of an interior rearview mirror assembly, (b) said accessory support includes a mirror mounting element and an interior rearview mirror assembly is adapted for mounting to said mirror mounting element of said accessory support and (c) said accessory support comprises an electrical connector; and

    wherein said accessory comprises an imaging sensor comprising a lens and a CMOS photosensor array and wherein said accessory receiving portion is configured to accommodate said imaging sensor in a manner that compensates for said angle of said windshield so that said imaging sensor has a more generally horizontal forward field of view through said windshield when said accessory support is mounted to said mounting element adhesively attached at said inner surface of said windshield.

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