Accessory system for a vehicle

  • US 9,707,903 B2
  • Filed: 11/07/2016
  • Issued: 07/18/2017
  • 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 comprising an attaching portion configured for adhesive attachment at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield;

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

    a mirror mounting base configured for attachment 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 said mirror mounting base comprises a first pivot element, and wherein a mirror head of an interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a second pivot element for pivotally attaching said mirror head at said first pivot element of said mirror mounting base;

    wherein said attaching portion extends along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield when said attaching portion of said bracket is adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, and wherein, with said attaching portion of 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;

    a camera module configured for attachment at said attaching arms;

    wherein, with said attaching portion of said bracket adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and with said mirror mounting base attached at said attachment portion and with said camera module attached at said attaching arms, said camera module is located at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below said attaching portion and is at least partially disposed between the vehicle windshield and said mirror head pivotally attached at said first pivot element of said mirror mounting base;

    wherein said attaching arms are configured to attach said camera module at said bracket so that, with said attaching portion of said bracket adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and with said mirror mounting base attached at said attachment portion and with said camera module attached at said attaching arms, an imager of said camera module is below said attaching portion of said bracket and has a field of view through a portion of the vehicle windshield below said attaching portion; and

    a housing encasing said bracket and said camera module when said attaching portion of said bracket is adhesively attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and when said mirror mounting base is attached at said attachment portion and when said camera module is attached at said attaching arms, wherein said housing encases a portion of said mirror mounting base and wherein said first pivot element of said mirror mounting base protrudes through said housing.

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