Accessory system for a vehicle

  • US 9,539,956 B2
  • Filed: 12/16/2015
  • Issued: 01/10/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a bracket comprising a windshield-facing side and a cabin-facing side;

    the windshield-facing side of said bracket bonded by an adhesive at a first windshield location to an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    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 by said housing;

    said housing of said accessory module comprising second structure;

    wherein said electronic device comprises a CMOS camera and wherein said camera comprises an imaging array;

    wherein said housing is configured to mount to said bracket when said bracket is attached to the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said second structure of said housing directly engages said first structure of said bracket when mounting said housing to said bracket;

    wherein, with said accessory module mounted to said bracket attached to the vehicle windshield, said circuitry is in communication with a vehicle bus system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein an interior rearview mirror assembly is attached at a second windshield location at the vehicle windshield, and wherein said second windshield location is spaced from said first windshield location where said bracket is attached to the vehicle windshield;

    wherein, when mounted to said bracket attached to the vehicle windshield, said accessory module is removable from said bracket for service or replacement without detaching said interior rearview mirror assembly from the windshield;

    wherein said second structure of said housing comprises a first housing element of said housing and a second housing element of said housing;

    wherein said first and second housing elements are spaced apart;

    wherein said first structure of said bracket comprises a first bracket element and a second bracket element;

    wherein said first bracket element is similarly spaced apart from said second bracket element;

    wherein said first bracket element engages said first housing element when mounting said housing to said bracket;

    wherein said second bracket element engages said second housing element when mounting said housing to said bracket; and

    wherein said first and second housing elements are at opposite parts of said housing.

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