Accessory system for a vehicle

  • US 9,487,161 B2
  • Filed: 10/02/2014
  • Issued: 11/08/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a bracket configured for adhesive attachment at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield;

    wherein said bracket comprises an attaching portion having an aperture therethrough;

    wherein said bracket comprises a pair of attaching arms extending from said attaching portion;

    wherein an interior rearview mirror assembly has a mounting base that is attached at said attaching portion of said bracket with said attaching portion of said bracket adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein, with said mounting base attached at said attaching portion, a rain sensor is disposed at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and wherein said aperture of said attaching portion circumscribes said rain sensor;

    wherein said attaching portion comprises a generally planar attaching portion that extends along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield when said bracket is adhesively attached thereat, and wherein, with said bracket adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, said attaching arms extend from a lower region of said attaching portion along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below said attaching portion;

    wherein said attaching arms are spaced apart and extend from said lower region of said attaching portion of said bracket downward along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below said attaching portion, and wherein lower ends of said attaching arms are configured to engage respective receiving portions of a forward camera module; and

    wherein, with said attaching portion of said bracket adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, said forward camera module is attached at said attaching arms of said bracket and generally at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below said attaching portion, and wherein said attaching arms and said receiving portions are configured to attach said forward camera module at said bracket so that an imager of said forward camera module is below said bracket and has a field of view through the vehicle windshield.

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