Accessory mounting system for a vehicle

  • US 9,637,053 B2
  • Filed: 12/16/2015
  • Issued: 05/02/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/04/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • an attachment element bonded by an adhesive to an in-cabin windshield surface at a first windshield location of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    an attachment member attached at the in-cabin windshield surface of the vehicle windshield at a second windshield location that is separate and spaced from the first windshield location where said attachment element is located;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head and a mirror support;

    wherein said mirror head comprises a mirror reflective element and a mirror casing;

    wherein said mirror support comprises a mirror mount that is configured to mount said interior rearview mirror assembly to said attachment element;

    a module configured to be received by and be supported by said attachment member attached at the in-cabin windshield surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said module comprises a forward facing camera;

    wherein said forward facing camera comprises (i) an image sensor and (ii) a lens;

    wherein said forward facing camera has a dynamic range greater than about 60 dB;

    wherein, with said module received by and supported by said attachment member attached at the in-cabin windshield surface of the vehicle windshield, said forward facing camera views through the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said forward facing camera comprises part of a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, with said module received by and supported by said attachment member attached at the in-cabin windshield surface of the vehicle windshield, said mirror mount can be mounted to said attachment element and can be demounted from said attachment element without demounting said module from said attachment member;

    wherein, with said module received by and supported by said attachment member attached at the in-cabin windshield surface of the vehicle windshield, said module can be removed for service or replacement;

    wherein a light absorbing layer disposed at the vehicle windshield at least partially masks the presence of said attachment member from view from outside the equipped vehicle viewing through the vehicle windshield; and

    wherein said driver assistance system comprises at least one of (i) an automatic headlamp control system of the equipped vehicle and (ii) a collision avoidance system of the equipped vehicle.

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