Vehicular rearview mirror system

  • US 8,625,815 B2
  • Filed: 12/08/2010
  • Issued: 01/07/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A rearview mirror system for a vehicle, said rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly comprising an electrochromic reflective element, said electrochromic reflective element comprising a mirror reflector;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly includes a control;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly includes a video display device operable to display video information for viewing by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly, wherein said video display device is disposed behind said electrochromic reflective element and wherein, when operated, said video display device displays video information that is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle through said electrochromic reflective element;

    wherein, during a period when a reverse gear of the equipped vehicle is selected and the driver of the equipped vehicle is executing a reverse maneuver, said video display device displays video images captured by a rearward facing camera of the equipped vehicle, and wherein, when the equipped vehicle is not executing a reverse maneuver, said display device is operable to display other information;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly includes a vehicle bus node; and

    wherein, when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted in the equipped vehicle, said vehicle bus node is connected to a vehicle bus of the equipped vehicle, and wherein at least one of (a) said control conveys signals to said vehicle bus via said vehicle bus node and (b) said vehicle bus conveys signals to said control via said vehicle bus node.

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