Accessory mounting system for a vehicle

  • US 9,283,900 B2
  • Filed: 09/09/2013
  • Issued: 03/15/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An accessory mounting system for a vehicle, said Accessory mounting system comprising:

  • a first attachment element adhesively attached to an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory mounting system;

    wherein said first attachment element comprises a mirror mounting button;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly attached at said mirror mounting button;

    a second attachment element adhesively attached to the in-cabin surface of the windshield of the equipped vehicle at a position spaced from where said mirror mounting button is attached to the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said second attachment element comprises a bracket;

    said bracket comprising a windshield-facing side;

    said bracket comprising a cabin-facing side;

    the cabin-facing side of said bracket comprising first structure;

    an accessory module comprising a housing;

    wherein said accessory module is configured to mount to said bracket;

    wherein an electronic device and circuitry are housed in said housing;

    wherein said electronic device comprises a camera and wherein said camera comprises a Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) imaging array;

    wherein said circuitry is in communication with a vehicle bus system of the equipped vehicle;

    said housing comprising second structure; and

    wherein said second structure of said housing engages said first structure of said bracket when mounting said accessory module to said bracket.

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