Vehicle vision system with camera and mirror mount

  • US 9,352,692 B2
  • Filed: 03/09/2015
  • Issued: 05/31/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/10/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle mirror and camera mounting system comprising:

  • a windshield attachment member configured to adhesively attach at an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said mirror and camera mounting system;

    a camera mounting bracket configured to attach at said windshield attachment member when said windshield attachment member is adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said camera mounting bracket comprises an injection molded bracket that is formed by injection molding a thermoplastic polymeric molding resin, said thermoplastic polymeric molding resin comprising a reinforced polyamide polymeric molding resin;

    a camera module attached at said camera mounting bracket, wherein said camera module comprises a camera having an image sensor array and a lens;

    wherein said camera mounting bracket, with said camera module attached thereat, is attached at said windshield attachment member attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield;

    wherein said camera, when said camera module is attached at said camera mounting bracket and with said camera mounting bracket attached at said windshield attachment member adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield of the equipped vehicle, has a field of view through the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head pivotally mounted at a mirror mount;

    wherein said camera mounting bracket includes a mirror attachment portion for attaching said interior rearview mirror assembly thereat, and wherein said mirror attachment portion comprises a socket; and

    wherein said mirror mount comprises an attaching portion that is configured to insert at least partially into said socket of said mirror attachment portion of said camera mounting bracket to attach said interior rearview minor assembly at said camera mounting bracket,a spring element disposed at said socket and configured to engage and retain said attaching portion of said minor mount when said attaching portion is at least partially received in said socket,wherein said spring element engages and retains said attaching portion of said mirror mount when said attaching portion is inserted into said socket and twisted about an axis of said socket, andwherein said spring element comprises a three lobed spring element having three tabs that engage three tabs of said attaching portion of said minor mount when said attaching portion is inserted into said socket and twisted about the axis of said socket.

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