Vehicle accessory system

  • US 9,862,323 B2
  • Filed: 06/09/2014
  • Issued: 01/09/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • an attachment member attached at a vehicle windshield;

    an accessory module configured to detachably mount to said attachment member;

    said accessory module and said attachment member configured so that when said accessory module mounts to said attachment member, an electrical element of said accessory module is biased toward and against a surface of the vehicle windshield so as to optically couple therewith;

    wherein said electrical element comprises a camera and wherein said camera comprises a CMOS imaging array sensor and a lens;

    wherein, with said accessory module mounted to said attachment member, said camera has a forward field of view through the vehicle windshield; and

    wherein said camera is associated with at least one of (i) a headlamp control system, (ii) a lane departure warning system, (iii) an adaptive cruise control system, (iv) a sign recognition system, (v) a night vision system, (vi) a pedestrian detection system and (vii) a pre-crash avoidance system.

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