Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle

  • US 9,758,102 B1
  • Filed: 06/30/2017
  • Issued: 09/12/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/14/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle equipped with a blind spot detection system that includes at least one blind spot sensor and is operable to detect objects in a blind spot at a side of the vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a base configured to fixedly attach at a side of a vehicle equipped with said exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    a mirror casing movably attached at said base;

    a mirror reflective element sub-assembly movable relative to said mirror casing via an actuator;

    wherein said mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprises a backing plate attached to said actuator;

    wherein said backing plate comprises a backing plate perimeter;

    a mirror reflective element fixed at said backing plate and movable therewith via operation of said actuator such that, with said base attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said mirror reflective element is movable in a manner allowing an operator of the equipped vehicle to actuate said actuator to adjust the operator'"'"'s view rearward of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said mirror reflective element comprises a reflector-coated glass substrate having a substrate perimeter;

    a blind spot indicator fixedly disposed at said backing plate outboard of said substrate perimeter of said glass substrate and between said substrate perimeter and said backing plate perimeter;

    wherein, with said base attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said blind spot indicator is in communication with the blind spot detection system of the equipped vehicle to receive signals from the blind spot detection system and to indicate to the operator of the equipped vehicle when an object is detected to be present in the blind spot of the equipped vehicle at the side of the equipped vehicle at which said base is attached;

    wherein an orientation of said blind spot indicator is adjustable by the operator when the operator actuates said actuator to move said backing plate to adjust said mirror reflective element and the operator'"'"'s rearward field of view; and

    wherein movement of said backing plate by said actuator moves said blind spot indicator in tandem with said mirror reflective element.

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