US Patent No: 6,806,452

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Interior rearview mirror system including a forward facing video device

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An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle includes a interior rearview mirror assembly adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle. The interior rearview mirror assembly includes a housing and a reflective element included within the housing. The mirror system further includes a video device (which includes an imaging sensor) and a control. The imaging sensor is positioned at the interior rearview mirror assembly and has a field of view forward and through the windshield. The imaging sensor is operable to at least sense precipitation at an interior and/or exterior surface of the windshield. The control receives a signal from the imaging sensor and is operable to control at least one of a headlamp of the vehicle, a windshield wiper of the vehicle, a defogging system of the vehicle and a movable window of the vehicle in response to the signal.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DONNELLY CORPORATIONHOLLAND, MI433

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 36 4115
Larson, Mark L Grand Haven, MI 78 9148
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 493 42274
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 253 25905

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GENTEX CORPORATION (6)
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DONNELLY CORPORATION (10)
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RAYTHEON COMPANY (1)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 2006/0186,323 Highly reliable window and windshield fog-rain detector 0 2002
* 2007/0103,567 Using a graphics processing unit to correct video and audio data 4 2005
9,244,165 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 0 2015
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC. (73)
7,965,336 Imaging system for vehicle 80 2003
* 2006/0171,704 Imaging system for vehicle 136 2003
* 2009/0244,361 CAMERA MODULE FOR VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM 16 2006
7,914,187 Automatic lighting system with adaptive alignment function 58 2008
8,451,107 Imaging system for vehicle 7 2008
8,446,470 Combined RGB and IR imaging sensor 1 2008
8,027,029 Object detection and tracking system 22 2008
9,019,090 Vision system for vehicle 0 2009
7,888,629 Vehicular accessory mounting system with a forwardly-viewing camera 66 2009
7,914,188 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 70 2009
8,866,907 Camera for mounting on a vehicle 1 2010
9,126,525 Alert system for vehicle 0 2010
8,542,451 Vehicular camera and lens assembly 3 2010
8,309,907 Accessory system suitable for use in a vehicle and accommodating a rain sensor 28 2010
8,376,595 Automatic headlamp control 7 2010
8,874,317 Parking assist system 2 2010
9,041,806 Imaging and display system for vehicle 2 2010
7,994,471 Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera 59 2011
8,094,002 Interior rearview mirror system 52 2011
8,100,568 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 53 2011
8,070,332 Automatic lighting system with adaptive function 4 2011
8,982,273 Camera module for vehicle 0 2011
9,117,123 Vehicular rear view camera display system with lifecheck function 0 2011
8,134,117 Vehicular having a camera, a rain sensor and a single-ball interior electrochromic mirror assembly attached at an attachment element 43 2011
8,217,830 Forward facing sensing system for a vehicle 14 2011
8,767,186 Object detection system 0 2011
8,427,288 Rear vision system for a vehicle 12 2011
8,743,203 Rear vision system for a vehicle 3 2011
8,142,059 Automatic lighting system 7 2011
9,180,908 Lane keeping system and lane centering system 0 2011
8,267,559 Interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle 8 2012
9,085,261 Rear vision system with trailer angle detection 0 2012
8,288,711 Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera and a control 30 2012
8,814,401 Vehicular vision system 1 2012
9,194,943 Step filter for estimating distance in a time-of-flight ranging system 0 2012
8,629,768 Vehicle vision system 2 2012
8,294,608 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 6 2012
8,543,330 Driver assist system for vehicle 27 2012
8,665,079 Vision system for vehicle 1 2012
9,174,574 Vehicle vision system for controlling a vehicle safety feature responsive to an imaging sensor having an exterior rearward field of view and before a collision occurs 0 2012
* 8,614,640 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 2 2012
* 2013/0044,021 FORWARD FACING SENSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE 0 2012
9,146,898 Driver assist system with algorithm switching 0 2012
8,599,001 Vehicular vision system 3 2012
8,593,521 Imaging system for vehicle 2 2012
9,187,028 Driver assistance system for vehicle 0 2013
9,018,577 Vehicular imaging system with camera misalignment correction and capturing image data at different resolution levels dependent on distance to object in field of view 0 2013
8,694,224 Vehicle yaw rate correction 5 2013
9,191,574 Vehicular vision system 0 2013
8,643,724 Multi-camera vision system for a vehicle 6 2013
8,636,393 Driver assistance system for vehicle 4 2013
9,131,120 Multi-camera vision system for a vehicle 0 2013
8,908,040 Imaging system for vehicle 0 2013
9,245,448 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
8,637,801 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 3 2013
8,993,951 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
9,014,904 Driver assistance system for vehicle 2 2013
9,090,234 Braking control system for vehicle 0 2013
8,818,042 Driver assistance system for vehicle 2 2013
8,917,169 Vehicular vision system 0 2013
* 9,140,789 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 1 2013
* 2014/0104,095 FORWARD FACING SENSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE 0 2013
9,092,986 Vehicular vision system 0 2014
9,171,217 Vision system for vehicle 0 2014
9,014,966 Driver assist system for vehicle 0 2014
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9,205,776 Vehicle vision system using kinematic model of vehicle motion 0 2014
8,896,700 Rear vision system for a vehicle 2 2014
9,008,369 Vision system for vehicle 0 2014
8,976,247 Rear vision system for a vehicle 1 2014
9,183,749 Rear vision system for a vehicle 0 2015
9,191,634 Vision system for vehicle 0 2015
9,193,303 Driver assistance system for vehicle 0 2015
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS (1)
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VALEO VISION (2)
7,863,568 Photosensitive sensor in the automotive field 3 2007
* 2008/0111,075 PHOTOSENSITIVE SENSOR IN THE AUTOMOTIVE FIELD 1 2007
 
SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (1)
9,245,333 Systems and methods for detecting obstructions within the field-of-view of an image sensor 0 2014
 
LEOPOLD KOSTAL GMBH & CO. KG (1)
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MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC. (6)
8,154,418 Interior rearview mirror system 34 2009
* 2010/0085,653 MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE 1 2009
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9,221,399 Automotive communication system 0 2014
 
MAGNA MIRRORS ENGINEERING GMBH (2)
8,830,319 Device and method for detecting and displaying the rear and/or side view of a motor vehicle 0 2009
* 2011/0043,634 DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND DISPLAYING THE REAR AND/OR SIDE VIEW OF A MOTOR VEHICLE 2 2009
 
OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 7,964,840 High dynamic range image sensor including polarizer and microlens 0 2008
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS IN. (1)
8,676,491 Driver assist system for vehicle 8 2013
 
COGNEX CORPORATION (1)
* 2009/0174,773 Camera diagnostics 4 2008
 
Pylon Manufacturing Corp. (3)
9,174,611 Windshield wiper adapter, connector and assembly 0 2012
9,174,609 Wiper blade with cover 0 2012
9,108,595 Windshield wiper connector 0 2014
 
DONNELLY CORPORATION (78)
7,308,341 Vehicle communication system 101 2004
* 2005/0187,675 Vehicle communication system 5 2004
7,855,755 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display 111 2006
7,526,367 Communication system for a vehicle 18 2007
* 2008/0122,591 Vehicle communication system 4 2007
8,095,310 Video mirror system for a vehicle 58 2008
8,194,133 Vehicular video mirror system 36 2008
7,871,169 Vehicular signal mirror 52 2008
7,734,392 Vehicle information display 68 2009
* 2009/0240,397 VEHICLE INFORMATION DISPLAY 1 2009
7,826,123 Vehicular interior electrochromic rearview mirror assembly 54 2009
8,462,204 Vehicular vision system 3 2009
8,044,776 Rear vision system for vehicle 51 2009
8,083,386 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display device 33 2009
7,859,737 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 45 2009
7,898,719 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 43 2009
8,072,318 Video mirror system for vehicle 54 2009
7,821,697 Exterior reflective mirror element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly 55 2009
7,926,960 Interior rearview mirror system for vehicle 45 2009
8,294,975 Automotive rearview mirror assembly 20 2010
8,842,176 Automatic vehicle exterior light control 1 2010
7,898,398 Interior mirror system 46 2010
7,832,882 Information mirror system 41 2010
7,822,543 Video display system for vehicle 41 2010
7,864,399 Reflective mirror assembly 65 2010
8,179,236 Video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle 40 2010
7,916,009 Accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle 58 2010
7,906,756 Vehicle rearview mirror system 44 2010
7,815,326 Interior rearview mirror system 49 2010
7,873,593 Vehicle information display 42 2010
8,277,059 Vehicular electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly 10 2010
8,282,226 Interior rearview mirror system 7 2010
8,000,894 Vehicular wireless communication system 37 2010
8,164,817 Method of forming a mirrored bent cut glass shape for vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly 26 2010
7,918,570 Vehicular interior rearview information mirror system 38 2010
8,228,588 Interior rearview mirror information display system for a vehicle 20 2010
8,335,032 Reflective mirror assembly 13 2010
8,511,841 Vehicular blind spot indicator mirror 3 2011
8,019,505 Vehicle information display 38 2011
8,179,586 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 26 2011
8,063,753 Interior rearview mirror system 41 2011
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8,121,787 Vehicular video mirror system 23 2011
8,095,260 Vehicle information display 34 2011
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8,653,959 Video mirror system for a vehicle 2 2011
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8,170,748 Vehicle information display system 11 2012
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8,271,187 Vehicular video mirror system 9 2012
8,559,093 Electrochromic mirror reflective element for vehicular rearview mirror assembly 3 2012
8,355,839 Vehicle vision system with night vision function 2 2012
8,465,162 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 2 2012
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8,400,704 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 6 2012
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8,833,987 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 1 2012
8,465,163 Interior rearview mirror system 3 2012
8,610,992 Variable transmission window 0 2012
8,797,627 Exterior rearview mirror assembly 4 2012
8,577,549 Information display system for a vehicle 2 2013
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8,608,327 Automatic compass system for vehicle 1 2013
8,977,008 Driver assistance system for vehicle 0 2013
8,727,547 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 1 2013
8,884,788 Automotive communication system 1 2013
8,886,401 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
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9,073,491 Exterior rearview mirror assembly 0 2014
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