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, MI455

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 36 3789
Larson, Mark L Grand Haven, MI 76 7656
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 478 35768
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 249 21437

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Gentex Corporation (6)
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GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (1)
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ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
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DONNELLY CORPORATION (10)
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4,956,591 Control for a moisture sensor 239 1989
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RAYTHEON COMPANY (1)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
9,090,234 Braking control system for vehicle 0 2013
9,092,986 Vehicular vision system 0 2014
9,090,211 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 0 2014
 
MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC. (4)
8,154,418 Interior rearview mirror system 31 2009
8,451,332 Interior mirror assembly with adjustable mounting assembly 0 2010
8,508,383 Interior rearview mirror system 3 2012
8,654,433 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 2 2013
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC. (51)
7,965,336 Imaging system for vehicle 72 2003
7,914,187 Automatic lighting system with adaptive alignment function 41 2008
8,451,107 Imaging system for vehicle 2 2008
8,446,470 Combined RGB and IR imaging sensor 1 2008
8,027,029 Object detection and tracking system 14 2008
9,019,090 Vision system for vehicle 0 2009
7,888,629 Vehicular accessory mounting system with a forwardly-viewing camera 62 2009
7,914,188 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 63 2009
8,866,907 Camera for mounting on a vehicle 0 2010
8,542,451 Vehicular camera and lens assembly 2 2010
8,309,907 Accessory system suitable for use in a vehicle and accommodating a rain sensor 24 2010
8,376,595 Automatic headlamp control 4 2010
8,874,317 Parking assist system 0 2010
9,041,806 Imaging and display system for vehicle 0 2010
7,994,471 Interior rearview mirror system with forwardly-viewing camera 55 2011
8,094,002 Interior rearview mirror system 47 2011
8,100,568 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 46 2011
8,070,332 Automatic lighting system with adaptive function 4 2011
8,982,273 Camera module for vehicle 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 40 2011
8,217,830 Forward facing sensing system for a vehicle 9 2011
8,767,186 Object detection system 0 2011
8,743,203 Rear vision system for a vehicle 2 2011
8,142,059 Automatic lighting system 6 2011
8,267,559 Interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle 7 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 25 2012
8,814,401 Vehicular vision system 0 2012
8,629,768 Vehicle vision system 0 2012
8,294,608 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 3 2012
8,543,330 Driver assist system for vehicle 9 2012
8,665,079 Vision system for vehicle 0 2012
* 8,614,640 Forward facing sensing system for vehicle 0 2012
* 2013/0044,021 FORWARD FACING SENSING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE 0 2012
8,599,001 Vehicular vision system 1 2012
8,593,521 Imaging system for vehicle 1 2012
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 4 2013
8,643,724 Multi-camera vision system for a vehicle 2 2013
8,636,393 Driver assistance system for vehicle 2 2013
8,908,040 Imaging system for vehicle 0 2013
8,637,801 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 1 2013
8,993,951 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
9,014,904 Driver assistance system for vehicle 0 2013
8,818,042 Driver assistance system for vehicle 1 2013
8,917,169 Vehicular vision system 0 2013
9,014,966 Driver assist system for vehicle 0 2014
8,849,495 Vehicle vision system with yaw rate determination 2 2014
8,896,700 Rear vision system for a vehicle 1 2014
9,008,369 Vision system for vehicle 0 2014
8,976,247 Rear vision system for a vehicle 0 2014
 
MAGNA MIRRORS ENGINEERING GMBH (1)
8,830,319 Device and method for detecting and displaying the rear and/or side view of a motor vehicle 0 2009
 
VALEO VISION (1)
7,863,568 Photosensitive sensor in the automotive field 3 2007
 
OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 7,964,840 High dynamic range image sensor including polarizer and microlens 0 2008
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS (1)
9,036,026 Scalable integrated electronic control unit for vehicle 0 2010
 
MAGNA ELECTRONICS IN. (1)
8,676,491 Driver assist system for vehicle 4 2013
 
DONNELLY CORPORATION (75)
7,308,341 Vehicle communication system 94 2004
7,855,755 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display 97 2006
7,526,367 Communication system for a vehicle 17 2007
8,095,310 Video mirror system for a vehicle 49 2008
8,194,133 Vehicular video mirror system 33 2008
7,871,169 Vehicular signal mirror 51 2008
7,734,392 Vehicle information display 67 2009
7,826,123 Vehicular interior electrochromic rearview mirror assembly 52 2009
8,462,204 Vehicular vision system 1 2009
8,044,776 Rear vision system for vehicle 42 2009
8,083,386 Interior rearview mirror assembly with display device 31 2009
7,859,737 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 44 2009
7,898,719 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 41 2009
8,072,318 Video mirror system for vehicle 38 2009
7,821,697 Exterior reflective mirror element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly 54 2009
7,926,960 Interior rearview mirror system for vehicle 43 2009
8,294,975 Automotive rearview mirror assembly 18 2010
8,842,176 Automatic vehicle exterior light control 0 2010
7,898,398 Interior mirror system 45 2010
7,832,882 Information mirror system 40 2010
7,822,543 Video display system for vehicle 40 2010
7,864,399 Reflective mirror assembly 63 2010
8,179,236 Video mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle 34 2010
7,916,009 Accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle 55 2010
7,906,756 Vehicle rearview mirror system 43 2010
7,815,326 Interior rearview mirror system 47 2010
7,873,593 Vehicle information display 41 2010
8,277,059 Vehicular electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly 9 2010
8,282,226 Interior rearview mirror system 6 2010
8,000,894 Vehicular wireless communication system 35 2010
8,164,817 Method of forming a mirrored bent cut glass shape for vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly 24 2010
7,918,570 Vehicular interior rearview information mirror system 37 2010
8,228,588 Interior rearview mirror information display system for a vehicle 19 2010
8,335,032 Reflective mirror assembly 11 2010
8,511,841 Vehicular blind spot indicator mirror 2 2011
8,019,505 Vehicle information display 37 2011
8,179,586 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 25 2011
8,063,753 Interior rearview mirror system 38 2011
8,106,347 Vehicle rearview mirror system 35 2011
9,019,091 Interior rearview mirror system 0 2011
8,525,703 Interior rearview mirror system 1 2011
8,047,667 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 40 2011
8,162,493 Interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 24 2011
8,121,787 Vehicular video mirror system 22 2011
8,095,260 Vehicle information display 33 2011
8,427,288 Rear vision system for a vehicle 8 2011
8,177,376 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 21 2011
8,779,910 Interior rearview mirror system 2 2011
8,653,959 Video mirror system for a vehicle 2 2011
8,282,253 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 8 2011
8,325,028 Interior rearview mirror system 31 2012
8,170,748 Vehicle information display system 9 2012
8,304,711 Vehicle rearview mirror system 20 2012
8,271,187 Vehicular video mirror system 7 2012
8,559,093 Electrochromic mirror reflective element for vehicular rearview mirror assembly 2 2012
8,355,839 Vehicle vision system with night vision function 2 2012
8,465,162 Vehicular interior rearview mirror system 1 2012
8,379,289 Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle 6 2012
8,908,039 Vehicular video mirror system 0 2012
8,400,704 Interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle 5 2012
8,503,062 Rearview mirror element assembly for vehicle 1 2012
8,506,096 Variable reflectance mirror reflective element for exterior mirror assembly 4 2012
8,833,987 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 1 2012
8,465,163 Interior rearview mirror system 2 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 1 2013
8,705,161 Method of manufacturing a reflective element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly 0 2013
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 0 2013
8,886,401 Driver assistance system for a vehicle 0 2013
9,073,491 Exterior rearview mirror assembly 0 2014
9,045,091 Mirror reflective element sub-assembly for exterior rearview mirror of a vehicle 0 2014
 
NVIDIA CORPORATION (19)
8,471,852 Method and system for tessellation of subdivision surfaces 6 2003
8,571,346 Methods and devices for defective pixel detection 3 2005
7,750,956 Using a graphics processing unit to correct video and audio data 18 2005
8,588,542 Configurable and compact pixel processing apparatus 2 2005
8,594,441 Compressing image-based data using luminance 2 2006
8,737,832 Flicker band automated detection system and method 1 2007
8,723,969 Compensating for undesirable camera shakes during video capture 0 2007
8,724,895 Techniques for reducing color artifacts in digital images 0 2007
8,570,634 Image processing of an incoming light field using a spatial light modulator 2 2007
8,780,128 Contiguously packed data 0 2007
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8,373,718 Method and system for color enhancement with color volume adjustment and variable shift along luminance axis 0 2008
8,768,160 Flicker band automated detection system and method 0 2009
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8,456,547 Using a graphics processing unit to correct video and audio data 6 2009
8,456,548 Using a graphics processing unit to correct video and audio data 6 2009
8,456,549 Using a graphics processing unit to correct video and audio data 6 2009
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8,712,183 System and method for performing image correction 0 2010
 
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG (1)
* 6,975,390 Optoelectronic monitoring device for a motor vehicle 18 2001
* Cited By Examiner

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