US Patent No: 6,806,452

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

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, MI706

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 50 3217
Larson, Mark L Grand Haven, MI 101 6617
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 747 33212
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 404 19255

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
DONNELLY CORPORATION (66)
7,965,336 Imaging system for vehicle 52 2003
7,308,341 Vehicle communication system 79 2004
7,855,755 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display 67 2006
7,526,367 Communication system for a vehicle 13 2007
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7,734,392 Vehicle information display 57 2009
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7,898,398 Interior mirror system 38 2010
7,832,882 Information mirror system 33 2010
7,822,543 Video display system for vehicle 33 2010
7,864,399 Reflective mirror assembly 48 2010
8,179,236 Video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle 19 2010
7,916,009 Accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle 44 2010
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8,170,748 Vehicle information display system 3 2012
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8,271,187 Vehicular video mirror system 2 2012
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8,465,162 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 0 2012
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8,610,992 Variable transmission window 0 2012
8,577,549 Information display system for a vehicle 0 2013
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8,727,547 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 0 2013
 
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