Vehicular video mirror system

  • US 9,783,114 B2
  • Filed: 12/05/2014
  • Issued: 10/10/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said video mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly mountable at an interior portion of a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror case and a reflective element, said reflective element having a front portion that faces generally towards a driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, and having a rear portion that is generally opposite said front portion;

    wherein said reflective element comprises an electrochromic reflective element;

    a video display device;

    wherein said video display device is fixedly disposed in said mirror case;

    wherein said video display device is operable to display video images that are viewable by the driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle;

    wherein said video display device comprises at least one of (i) a multi-pixel light emitting diode (LED) display, (ii) an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, (iii) a liquid crystal display backlit by a plurality of white light emitting light emitting diodes, (iv) a thin film transistor multi-pixel liquid crystal display backlit by a plurality of white light emitting light emitting diodes, (v) a multi-pixel organic electroluminescent display, (vi) a backlit pixelated display and (vii) an electroluminescent (EL) display;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an on-screen display controller and wherein said on-screen display controller is operable to receive a video signal from a camera and wherein, responsive to receipt of said video signal, said on-screen display controller is operable to generate a video feed to said video display device;

    wherein said camera comprises a rear camera having a rearward field of view to the rear of the vehicle, and wherein, when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said video display device is operable to display video images captured by said rear camera when the driver is executing a reversing maneuver; and

    wherein said on-screen display controller is operable to overlay a graphic overlay onto a video signal received from said rear camera and wherein said video feed generated by said on-screen display controller includes said graphic overlay.

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