Accessory mounting system for a vehicle

  • US 9,233,645 B2
  • Filed: 03/18/2013
  • Issued: 01/12/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/04/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory mounting system for a vehicle, said accessory mounting system comprising:

  • a mirror mounting button adhesively attached at an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory mounting system;

    a mounting element attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield separate from said mirror mounting button;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head and a mirror support;

    wherein said mirror head comprises a mirror reflective element and a mirror casing;

    wherein said mirror support comprises a mirror mount that is configured to mount said interior rearview mirror assembly to said mirror mounting button;

    a module configured to be received at and be supported by said mounting element attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said module accommodates a forward facing camera;

    wherein, with said module received by and supported by said mounting element, said forward facing camera views through the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said forward facing camera comprises (i) a CMOS image sensor and (ii) a lens;

    wherein said forward facing camera comprises part of a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, with said module received by and supported by said mounting element, said mirror mount can be mounted to said mirror mounting button and can be demounted from said mirror mounting button without demounting said module from said mounting element; and

    wherein a light absorbing layer disposed at the vehicle windshield at least partially masks the presence of said mounting element from view by a viewer who is viewing from outside the equipped vehicle through the vehicle windshield.

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