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, MI419

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 36 4801
Larson, Mark L Grand Haven, MI 80 10857
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 515 48860
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 264 30496

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Nippondenso Soken, Inc. (1)
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GENTEX CORPORATION (6)
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Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. (3)
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GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (1)
4,727,290 Automatic vehicle headlamp dimming control 155 1987
 
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
* 5,313,072 Optical detector for windshield wiper control 162 1993
 
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Donnelly Corporation (10)
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Introlab Pty. Limited (1)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 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
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC. (113)
7,965,336 Imaging system for vehicle 114 2003
* 2006/0171,704 Imaging system for vehicle 167 2003
* 2009/0244,361 CAMERA MODULE FOR VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM 34 2006
7,914,187 Automatic lighting system with adaptive alignment function 86 2008
8,451,107 Imaging system for vehicle 21 2008
8,446,470 Combined RGB and IR imaging sensor 2 2008
8,027,029 Object detection and tracking system 38 2008
* 2010/0328,644 Object Detection and Tracking System 8 2008
9,019,090 Vision system for vehicle 2 2009
7,888,629 Vehicular accessory mounting system with a forwardly-viewing camera 82 2009
7,914,188 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 89 2009
8,866,907 Camera for mounting on a vehicle 2 2010
9,126,525 Alert system for vehicle 0 2010
8,542,451 Vehicular camera and lens assembly 10 2010
8,309,907 Accessory system suitable for use in a vehicle and accommodating a rain sensor 35 2010
8,376,595 Automatic headlamp control 11 2010
9,495,876 Vehicular camera with on-board microcontroller 0 2010
8,874,317 Parking assist system 3 2010
9,041,806 Imaging and display system for vehicle 6 2010
7,994,471 Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera 72 2011
8,094,002 Interior rearview mirror system 64 2011
8,100,568 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 71 2011
8,070,332 Automatic lighting system with adaptive function 5 2011
8,982,273 Camera module for vehicle 1 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 51 2011
8,217,830 Forward facing sensing system for a vehicle 22 2011
8,767,186 Object detection system 1 2011
8,427,288 Rear vision system for a vehicle 21 2011
8,743,203 Rear vision system for a vehicle 8 2011
8,142,059 Automatic lighting system 12 2011
9,180,908 Lane keeping system and lane centering system 0 2011
9,264,672 Vision display system for vehicle 2 2011
9,357,208 Method and system for dynamically calibrating vehicular cameras 0 2012
8,267,559 Interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle 11 2012
9,085,261 Rear vision system with trailer angle detection 1 2012
8,288,711 Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera and a control 40 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
9,376,066 Vehicular camera with variable focus capability 0 2012
8,629,768 Vehicle vision system 6 2012
8,294,608 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 11 2012
8,543,330 Driver assist system for vehicle 45 2012
8,665,079 Vision system for vehicle 4 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 4 2012
* 2013/0044,021 FORWARD FACING SENSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE 2 2012
9,277,104 Vehicular camera and lens assembly and method of manufacturing same 2 2012
9,146,898 Driver assist system with algorithm switching 0 2012
9,491,451 Calibration system and method for vehicular surround vision system 0 2012
8,599,001 Vehicular vision system 4 2012
9,264,673 Vehicle vision system with enhanced functionality 1 2012
8,593,521 Imaging system for vehicle 2 2012
9,187,028 Driver assistance system for vehicle 2 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 15 2013
9,191,574 Vehicular vision system 0 2013
8,643,724 Multi-camera vision system for a vehicle 14 2013
8,636,393 Driver assistance system for vehicle 7 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 1 2013
8,637,801 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 6 2013
8,993,951 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 1 2013
9,340,227 Vehicle lane keep assist system 0 2013
9,365,162 Method of obtaining data relating to a driver assistance system of a vehicle 0 2013
9,338,334 Vehicular camera and lens assembly 2 2013
9,014,904 Driver assistance system for vehicle 3 2013
9,446,713 Trailer angle detection system 0 2013
9,307,640 PCB pad for imager of vehicle vision system 0 2013
9,090,234 Braking control system for vehicle 1 2013
8,818,042 Driver assistance system for vehicle 4 2013
8,917,169 Vehicular vision system 0 2013
9,481,301 Vehicle vision system utilizing camera synchronization 0 2013
* 9,140,789 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 3 2013
* 2014/0104,095 FORWARD FACING SENSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE 0 2013
9,436,880 Vehicle vision system 0 2014
9,440,535 Vision system for vehicle 0 2014
9,092,986 Vehicular vision system 1 2014
9,352,623 Trailer hitching aid system for vehicle 0 2014
9,171,217 Vision system for vehicle 0 2014
9,014,966 Driver assist system for vehicle 2 2014
9,487,159 Vehicle vision system with camera module mounting bracket 0 2014
8,849,495 Vehicle vision system with yaw rate determination 9 2014
9,327,693 Rear collision avoidance system for vehicle 0 2014
9,280,202 Vehicle vision system 0 2014
9,205,776 Vehicle vision system using kinematic model of vehicle motion 1 2014
8,896,700 Rear vision system for a vehicle 3 2014
9,260,095 Vehicle vision system with collision mitigation 0 2014
9,383,445 Object detection system 0 2014
9,008,369 Vision system for vehicle 6 2014
9,346,468 Vehicle vision system with yaw rate determination 0 2014
9,346,415 Camera for mounting on a vehicle 0 2014
9,457,717 Parking assist system 0 2014
9,451,138 Camera for vehicle vision system 1 2014
8,976,247 Rear vision system for a vehicle 2 2014
9,183,749 Rear vision system for a vehicle 2 2015
9,296,339 Camera module for vehicle 0 2015
9,315,151 Driver assist system for vehicle 2 2015
9,191,634 Vision system for vehicle 0 2015
9,193,303 Driver assistance system for vehicle 2 2015
9,481,344 Braking control system for vehicle 0 2015
9,318,020 Vehicular collision mitigation system 1 2015
9,244,165 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 2 2015
9,440,586 Multi-camera vision system for a vehicle 0 2015
9,428,192 Vision system for vehicle 0 2015
9,376,060 Driver assist system for vehicle 0 2015
9,463,744 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2016
* 9,335,411 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 1 2016
9,509,962 Vehicle vision system with enhanced functionality 0 2016
9,469,250 Vision display system for vehicle 0 2016
* 9,507,021 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 0 2016
9,497,368 Method of assembling camera for vehicle vision system 0 2016
 
VALEO VISION (2)
7,863,568 Photosensitive sensor in the automotive field 5 2007
* 2008/0111,075 PHOTOSENSITIVE SENSOR IN THE AUTOMOTIVE FIELD 1 2007
 
Magna Electronics (1)
9,036,026 Scalable integrated electronic control unit for vehicle 0 2010
 
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
 
MAGNA ELECTRONIC INC. (1)
9,491,450 Vehicle camera alignment system 0 2012
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS SOLUTIONS GMBH (1)
9,405,120 Head-up display and vehicle using the same 0 2014
 
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG (1)
* 6,975,390 Optoelectronic monitoring device for a motor vehicle 29 2001
 
MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC. (11)
8,154,418 Interior rearview mirror system 43 2009
8,083,386 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display device 39 2009
* 2010/0085,653 MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE 4 2009
9,487,144 Interior mirror assembly with display 0 2009
8,451,332 Interior mirror assembly with adjustable mounting assembly 4 2010
8,282,253 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 12 2011
8,508,383 Interior rearview mirror system 7 2012
8,833,987 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 1 2012
8,654,433 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 6 2013
9,045,091 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 0 2014
9,221,399 Automotive communication system 1 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. (2)
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* 2009/0314,928 HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE SENSOR 4 2008
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS IN. (1)
8,676,491 Driver assist system for vehicle 13 2013
 
COGNEX CORPORATION (1)
* 2009/0174,773 Camera diagnostics 7 2008
 
Pylon Manufacturing Corp. (5)
9,457,768 Vortex damping wiper blade 0 2012
9,174,611 Windshield wiper adapter, connector and assembly 0 2012
9,174,609 Wiper blade with cover 0 2012
9,505,380 Windshield wiper connector and assembly 0 2014
9,108,595 Windshield wiper connector 0 2014
 
Donnelly Corporation (78)
7,308,341 Vehicle communication system 116 2004
* 2005/0187,675 Vehicle communication system 8 2004
7,855,755 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display 144 2006
7,526,367 Communication system for a vehicle 21 2007
* 2008/0122,591 Vehicle communication system 4 2007
8,095,310 Video mirror system for a vehicle 76 2008
8,194,133 Vehicular video mirror system 49 2008
7,871,169 Vehicular signal mirror 60 2008
7,734,392 Vehicle information display 74 2009
* 2009/0240,397 VEHICLE INFORMATION DISPLAY 1 2009
7,826,123 Vehicular interior electrochromic rearview mirror assembly 62 2009
8,462,204 Vehicular vision system 9 2009
8,044,776 Rear vision system for vehicle 75 2009
7,859,737 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 50 2009
7,898,719 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 49 2009
8,072,318 Video mirror system for vehicle 74 2009
7,821,697 Exterior reflective mirror element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly 62 2009
7,926,960 Interior rearview mirror system for vehicle 53 2009
8,294,975 Automotive rearview mirror assembly 24 2010
8,842,176 Automatic vehicle exterior light control 2 2010
7,898,398 Interior mirror system 51 2010
7,832,882 Information mirror system 46 2010
7,822,543 Video display system for vehicle 46 2010
7,864,399 Reflective mirror assembly 80 2010
8,179,236 Video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle 50 2010
7,916,009 Accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle 71 2010
7,906,756 Vehicle rearview mirror system 50 2010
7,815,326 Interior rearview mirror system 58 2010
7,873,593 Vehicle information display 47 2010
8,277,059 Vehicular electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly 18 2010
8,282,226 Interior rearview mirror system 12 2010
8,000,894 Vehicular wireless communication system 43 2010
8,164,817 Method of forming a mirrored bent cut glass shape for vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly 33 2010
7,918,570 Vehicular interior rearview information mirror system 45 2010
8,228,588 Interior rearview mirror information display system for a vehicle 24 2010
8,335,032 Reflective mirror assembly 17 2010
8,511,841 Vehicular blind spot indicator mirror 6 2011
8,019,505 Vehicle information display 43 2011
8,179,586 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 36 2011
8,063,753 Interior rearview mirror system 51 2011
8,106,347 Vehicle rearview mirror system 41 2011
9,019,091 Interior rearview mirror system 1 2011
8,525,703 Interior rearview mirror system 4 2011
8,047,667 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 48 2011
8,162,493 Interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 29 2011
8,121,787 Vehicular video mirror system 27 2011
8,095,260 Vehicle information display 40 2011
8,177,376 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 26 2011
8,779,910 Interior rearview mirror system 4 2011
8,653,959 Video mirror system for a vehicle 4 2011
8,325,028 Interior rearview mirror system 57 2012
8,170,748 Vehicle information display system 14 2012
8,304,711 Vehicle rearview mirror system 26 2012
8,271,187 Vehicular video mirror system 13 2012
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8,559,093 Electrochromic mirror reflective element for vehicular rearview mirror assembly 5 2012
8,355,839 Vehicle vision system with night vision function 3 2012
8,465,162 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 4 2012
8,379,289 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 10 2012
8,908,039 Vehicular video mirror system 0 2012
8,400,704 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 9 2012
8,503,062 Rearview mirror element assembly for vehicle 4 2012
8,506,096 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 13 2012
8,465,163 Interior rearview mirror system 5 2012
8,610,992 Variable transmission window 3 2012
8,797,627 Exterior rearview mirror assembly 5 2012
8,577,549 Information display system for a vehicle 4 2013
8,705,161 Method of manufacturing a reflective element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly 1 2013
8,608,327 Automatic compass system for vehicle 2 2013
8,977,008 Driver assistance system for vehicle 0 2013
8,727,547 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 2 2013
8,884,788 Automotive communication system 2 2013
8,886,401 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
9,090,211 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 1 2014
9,073,491 Exterior rearview mirror assembly 0 2014
9,376,061 Accessory system of a vehicle 0 2015
9,341,914 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 0 2015
9,481,306 Automotive communication system 0 2015
 
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