Accessory mounting system for mounting an accessory at a vehicle such that a camera views through the vehicle windshield

  • US 9,527,445 B2
  • Filed: 05/18/2015
  • Issued: 12/27/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory mounting system for mounting an accessory at a windshield of a vehicle, the accessory mounting system comprising:

  • an accessory adapted for mounting at and demounting from a receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle;

    wherein the receiving structure comprises a portion configured to adhesively attach the receiving structure to a windshield of an equipped vehicle;

    wherein the receiving structure comprises a portion configured to receive and support the accessory;

    wherein the accessory comprises a camera and circuitry;

    wherein, with the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle, the camera at least one of (i) views through the windshield via an aperture in the receiving structure and (ii) contacts the windshield via an aperture in the receiving structure and views through the windshield;

    wherein, with the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle, the accessory receives an input from the equipped vehicle via a CAN bus communication and delivers an output to the equipped vehicle via a CAN bus communication;

    wherein, with the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle, the camera views forwardly through the windshield via a light transmitting portion of a light absorbing layer of the windshield of the equipped vehicle, and wherein the light absorbing layer of the windshield otherwise hides the accessory from view through the windshield from external the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, with the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle, the accessory is removable from the receiving structure; and

    wherein, with the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a windshield of an equipped vehicle, a cover is removable to facilitate service.

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