Interior rearview mirror system

  • US 8,779,910 B2
  • Filed: 11/07/2011
  • Issued: 07/15/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said interior mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror support, said mirror support comprising a mirror mount configured for attachment at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a housing and a reflective element, said reflective element comprising a mirror reflector;

    wherein said mirror support comprises a pivot element and wherein the rearward field of view of said reflective element is pivotally adjustable via adjustment of said housing about said pivot element when said interior rearview mirror assembly is attached by said mirror support at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle;

    a display element disposed within said housing and behind said reflective element, wherein said display element is backlit by a plurality of white light-emitting light emitting diodes;

    wherein information displayed by said display element, when said display element is backlit by said plurality of white light-emitting light emitting diodes, is viewable through said reflective element by a driver of the equipped vehicle viewing said reflective element of said interior rearview mirror assembly when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a control and wherein said control is responsive to a photo sensor and operable to distinguish between daytime and nighttime lighting conditions;

    wherein said control is operable to vary the intensity of information displayed by said display element as viewed through said reflective element by the driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, when said display element is backlit by said plurality of white light-emitting light emitting diodes during daytime lighting conditions, said control is operable to adjust the intensity of displayed information to at least about 1,000 cd/m2 as viewed through said reflective element by the driver of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises circuitry and wherein said circuitry shares components with said control and at least one other electrically operable feature of said interior rearview mirror assembly.

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