Accessory system for vehicle

  • US 9,266,474 B2
  • Filed: 04/28/2014
  • Issued: 02/23/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2004
  • 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, when said windshield is mounted to a vehicle equipped with said accessory system, is exterior of the equipped vehicle and said windshield having an inner surface that is interior of the equipped vehicle when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

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

    wherein said mounting element is positioned at an area of said windshield that is wiped by a windshield wiper of the equipped vehicle when the windshield wiper is activated;

    wherein said mounting element is configured for mounting of an accessory module thereto and demounting of said accessory module therefrom;

    wherein said accessory module is configured for mounting to said mounting element via snap attachment;

    said accessory module accommodating a camera comprising a CMOS photosensor array and a lens;

    wherein said CMOS photosensor array is disposed on a first circuit board;

    wherein said accessory module is configured so that, when mounted to said mounting element attached at said windshield, said lens has a field of view through said windshield;

    wherein said camera is operable to capture image data for use by a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said accessory module comprises an electrical connector;

    wherein said electrical connector comprises a plurality of electrically conducting members;

    wherein said electrical connector electrically connects with circuitry disposed in said accessory module; and

    wherein said electrical connector is configured for electrical connection to at least a power source of the equipped vehicle and a communication bus of the equipped vehicle, wherein said driver assistance system comprises a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle and at least one of (i) a traffic sign recognition system of the equipped vehicle, (ii) an adaptive cruise control system of the equipped vehicle, (iii) a headlamp control system of the equipped vehicle and (iv) a collision avoidance system of the equipped vehicle.

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