Accessory system for a vehicle

  • US 8,686,840 B2
  • Filed: 01/25/2013
  • Issued: 04/01/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/31/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • an accessory disposed at and behind a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    wherein said accessory comprises a forward facing camera, said forward facing camera viewing through the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    a control;

    wherein said control comprises digital circuitry and a microcontroller;

    wherein said microcontroller controls at least one of (i) said forward facing camera, (ii) an actuator of the equipped vehicle, (iii) a garage door opener of the equipped vehicle, (iv) an electro-optic rearview mirror assembly of the equipped vehicle, (v) a digital sound processor of the equipped vehicle, (vi) a display of the equipped vehicle and (vii) lighting of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said control is operable to at least one of send data to and receive data from at least one other accessory or system of the equipped vehicle via a vehicle network of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said at least one other accessory or system of the equipped vehicle comprises at least one of (i) an electro-optic exterior rearview mirror assembly, (ii) an antenna, (iii) a memory system, (iv) a sensor, (v) an alarm, (vi) a controller, (vii) a transmitter, (viii) a garage door opener and (ix) a mechanical system.

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