Patents Assigned to Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10466563
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an electro-optic reflective element, a back plate, and an attaching element having first and second spring-loaded electrical connectors disposed thereat. The attaching element attaches at the back plate such that the first spring-loaded connector contacts and is biased into electrical contact with a first electrically conductive element at a fourth surface of a rear substrate and the second spring-loaded connector contacts and is biased into electrical contact with a second electrically conductive element at the fourth surface of the rear substrate. The first and second spring-loaded connectors are electrically connected to a connector disposed at the back plate and are configured to electrically connect to a connector of a wire harness of the rearview mirror assembly or of the vehicle to electrically connect the first and second spring-loaded connectors to an electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Craig Kendall, Michael J. Baur, Hans J. Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10442360
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head having a reflective element. A display device is disposed in the mirror head and behind the reflective element. The display device, when actuated, is viewable through the reflective element. The mirror head is adjustable between a mirror mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views rearward of the vehicle via the reflective element, and a display mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views images displayed by the display device through the reflective element. When in the display mode orientation, the reflective element is angled upward or downward relative to the orientation of the reflective element when in the mirror mode orientation. An actuator is pivotally mounted at the mirror head and includes a pivot element that adjustably mounts the mirror head at a mirror mount that attaches at the interior surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony J. LaCross, Darryl P. De Wind, Mark L. Larson, Rodney K. Blank, Christopher R. Koetje, Eric Peterson
  • Patent number: 10434844
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a plurality of window panels arranged with at least one pair of adjacent window panels, with adjacent edge portions of adjacent ones of the window panels joined by a respective molded joining element. The adjacent edge portions joined by a respective molded joining element are offset or non-coplanar. The molded joining element may comprise an encapsulation that at least partially receives a perimeter edge portion of at least one of the adjacent window panels. The molded joining element may at least partially receive a rear perimeter edge portion of a forward window panel and may not overlap an outer surface of the forward window panel, with the molded joining element at least partially receiving a front perimeter edge portion of a rearward window panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Troy F. Tooker, David K. Johnson, Julie L. Quinones
  • Patent number: 10427503
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a glass window panel and a display device disposed at an interior surface of the glass window panel. The display device is operable to backlight or illuminate at least one icon or alphanumeric character. With the window assembly mounted at a vehicle, and when the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is backlit or illuminated, the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is viewable through the glass window panel by a person exterior the vehicle. With the window assembly mounted at a vehicle, the display device is activated to display an icon responsive to determination that an in-cabin temperature of the vehicle is above a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 10421404
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head having a mirror reflective element with a transflective mirror reflector. A video display device is disposed rearward of the mirror reflective element, and a polymer reflector layer is disposed in front of the video display device. The video display device is operable to display video images captured by a rearward viewing camera of the vehicle. When the video display device is operated to display video images, light emitted by the video display device passes through the polymer reflector layer and the mirror reflective element for viewing of displayed video images by a driver of the vehicle viewing the mirror reflective element. Linearly polarized light emitted by the video display device is circularly polarized as it passes through the polymer reflector layer, such that the displayed video images comprise circularly polarized light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Larson, Christopher R. Koetje, Anthony J. LaCross, Eric Peterson
  • Patent number: 10406970
    Abstract: A charge port illumination system for an electric vehicle includes a charge port disposed at the electric vehicle and configured for electrically connecting to a charging source to charge a power source of the electric vehicle. The charge port includes an outer portion that is exposed and viewable at the electric vehicle when a person is connecting the charge port to the charging source. The charge port includes at least one illumination source that, responsive to an activating event associated with an electric charging event of the electric vehicle, is activated to provide backlighting at the outer portion. The illumination source may be controlled to indicate a state of charge of the power source. The system may include a cover panel that is opened to expose and access the charge port. The activating event may include plugging in of the charging source to the charge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Richard R. Hook, David A. Dingman
  • Patent number: 10384610
    Abstract: A rearview vision system for a vehicle includes a camera module disposed at a side portion of the vehicle. The camera module includes a casing, a reflective element disposed in the casing, and a camera disposed in the casing and having a field of view that encompasses at least a portion of the reflective element. The camera module is disposed at the side portion of the vehicle so that images of the exterior scene occurring to the side and rear of the vehicle are reflected off of the reflective element and image data representative of the reflected images is captured by the camera. A display device displays images derived from the captured image data representative of the reflected images so as to provide a sideward and rearward field of view to the driver when the driver is viewing the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Baur
  • Patent number: 10369932
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for use in an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror reflector and a mirror back plate disposed at the rear side of the mirror reflective element. A heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the mirror back plate and has a light transmitting portion that is aligned with an aperture of the mirror back plate. A blind spot indicator module includes a body portion and a connector portion extending laterally from the body portion. Light emitted by at least one light emitting diode passes through the light transmitting portion of the heater pad and through a light-transmitting portion of the mirror reflector and exits the mirror reflective element to provide a visual icon visible to a driver of the vehicle who is driving the vehicle and who is viewing said mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20190193637
    Abstract: A method for extending and retracting a mirror head of an exterior rearview mirror assembly includes providing an exterior rearview mirror assembly having (i) a mounting base, (ii) a mirror head having a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element and (iii) an electrically-operated actuator. The mirror head is adjustably mounted at the mounting base via first and second links, with the links having respective base ends that pivotally attach at the mounting base and respective head ends that pivotally attach at the mirror head. The actuator is operated to pivot the first link to move the mirror head relative to the mounting base from a retracted position toward an extended position. As the mirror head moves toward the extended position, the first and second links pivot at their respective base ends relative to the mounting base and at their respective head ends relative to the mirror head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc., a corporation of the State of Michigan
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Matthew V. Steffes
  • Patent number: 10315575
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly having a mounting portion mountable at a side of a vehicle and a mirror head portion pivotally adjustable relative to the mounting portion. The mirror assembly includes an actuator operable to impart pivotal movement of the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion to adjust the mirror head portion relative to the side of the vehicle at which the mounting portion is mounted. The actuator includes a first motor and a second motor that are operable in tandem to cooperatively rotatably drive a gear to cause the mirror head portion to pivot relative to the mounting portion. Operation of the first motor is synchronized with operation of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 10308186
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle equipped with a blind spot monitoring system includes a mirror reflective element sub-assembly having a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and a heater pad disposed between the mirror reflective element and the mirror back plate. A light transmitting aperture of the heater pad is juxtaposed with a light transmitting aperture of the mirror reflector of the reflective element and with a light transmitting aperture of the mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes first structure that is configured to attach at an actuator. A blind spot indicator is disposed at the light transmitting aperture of the mirror back plate, and, when activated responsive to a blind spot monitoring system of the vehicle, emits light through the light transmitting apertures, forming an illuminated icon viewable by a driver of the vehicle viewing the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10272833
    Abstract: A glass roof assembly for a vehicle includes a frame portion and a glass roof panel disposed at and at least partially circumscribed by the frame portion. When the glass roof assembly is installed at a vehicle, a forward region of the glass roof panel is at a headliner of the vehicle and above a windshield of the vehicle. The glass roof assembly includes a lighting device having at least one interior light source and a user input for actuating the light. The lighting device is attached as a unit at an in-cabin surface of the glass roof panel at the forward region of the glass roof panel. The lighting device is electrically connected to a power source of the vehicle via electrical connection at the headliner of the vehicle when the glass roof assembly is installed at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 10266151
    Abstract: A method for unlocking a door for an authorized user of a vehicle via a door unlocking system of the vehicle includes providing a control at the vehicle, providing a near field communication device at the vehicle, and wirelessly communicating, via the near field communication device of the vehicle, with a near field communication-enabled smartphone when the smartphone is within a threshold distance from the vehicle. Responsive to the near field communication device of the vehicle communicating with the smartphone, it is determined whether or not the smartphone is an authorized device. The smartphone is authenticated as an authorized device for communication with the near field communication device of the equipped vehicle. Responsive to the smartphone being authenticated as an authorized device, the locking mechanism is actuated, at least in part via the control, to unlock the vehicle door for the user of the authorized device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 10266119
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror head with a mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element includes a transflective mirror reflector. A video display screen is disposed behind the mirror reflective element and is operable for displaying video images viewable through the transflective mirror reflector of the mirror reflective element. When not operated to display video images, the presence of the video display screen behind the mirror reflective element is rendered covert by the transflective mirror reflector. The interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mechanism operable to change the orientation of the mirror reflective element relative to the vehicle driver. The mechanism operates to flip the orientation of the mirror reflective element between a first position that is tilted towards the vehicle driver and a second position that is tilted away from the vehicle driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Hamid Habibi, Michael J. Baur
  • Patent number: 10266037
    Abstract: A slider window assembly for a vehicle includes a movable window panel that is movable at a fixed window panel between closed and opened positions. A lower end region of the movable window panel moves along a channel portion of a lower rail and an end stop is disposed at an end of the channel portion. The end stop includes a rigid base portion attached at the lower rail and a resilient elastomeric stop portion attached at the base portion and configured to engage an end portion of the movable window panel when the movable window panel is moved to its fully opened or fully closed position. The base portion and the stop portion are separately formed in separate forming processes. When the base portion of the end stop is attached at the lower rail, the stop portion is fixedly attached at the base portion and is not removable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Hulst, Peggy L. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10266118
    Abstract: A process for providing an interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes providing a mirror reflective element and forming a mirror backplate and a mounting base, with the mounting base formed separate from the mirror backplate. The mounting base is configured for attachment at an interior portion of a vehicle and includes a ball member. A socket element is formed separate from the mirror backplate and separate from the mounting base, and the socket element includes a socket member. The ball member of the mounting base is inserted into the socket member of the socket element to form a ball and socket joint whereby the mounting base pivotally attaches to the socket element. With the mirror backplate attached at the mirror reflective element, the socket element, with the mounting base pivotally attached thereto, is attached to the mirror backplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan W. Watson
  • Patent number: 10261648
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head and an exterior mirror reflective element fixedly attached at the mirror head. An attachment portion is configured for attachment at an exterior portion of the vehicle. The mirror assembly includes a multi-axis adjustment mechanism having at least one electrically-operable actuator. The multi-axis adjustment mechanism is operable to move the mirror head, with the exterior mirror reflective element fixedly attached thereto, about multiple axes relative to the attachment portion. The exterior mirror reflective element moves in tandem with movement of the mirror head relative to the exterior portion of the body of the vehicle to adjust the rearward field of view of a driver of the vehicle who views the exterior mirror reflective element when operating the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Darryl P. De Wind, Keith D. Foote, Joseph M. Mambourg, Rodney K. Blank, Mark L. Larson, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10259392
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a principal reflective element, a wide angle auxiliary reflective element and a back plate. The principal reflective element is disposed at a principal reflective element region of the back plate and has a cutout at a corner region thereof. The wide angle auxiliary reflective element is disposed at the auxiliary reflective element region of the back plate and is adjacent to the principal reflective element at the corner region of the principal reflective element. A single heater pad is disposed between the principal reflective element and the principal reflective element region of the back plate and between the wide angle auxiliary reflective element and the auxiliary reflective element region of the back plate. When powered, the single heater pad heats the principal reflective element and the wide angle auxiliary reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Donald S. Rawlings
  • Publication number: 20190106059
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror casing, a mirror reflective element disposed at the mirror casing, and an indicator disposed at the mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element and mirror casing are adjustably mounted at an interior portion of a vehicle via a mounting structure. The indicator includes a plurality of light emitting diodes, with each light emitting diode of the plurality of light emitting diodes being individually operated to emit light of a particular color. Responsive to one of a plurality of triggers, the indicator electrically powers a particular one or particular ones of the light emitting diodes for that trigger. The indicator electrically powers the particular one or ones of the light emitting diodes to emit light of one or more colors to convey colored information associated with that trigger to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell J. Wesley, Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10239397
    Abstract: A slider window assembly for a vehicle includes at least one fixed window panel and a movable window panel. A perimeter seal is disposed at a surface of the fixed window panel and includes a continuous sealing element that circumscribes an opening of the fixed window panel and that is configured to substantially seal against a surface of the movable window panel about a periphery of the movable window panel when the movable window panel is closed. The perimeter seal includes a sealing tab at a corner region of the perimeter seal where an upper sealing portion engages a first elongated side sealing portion. The sealing tab is joined with an elongated sealing lip of the upper sealing portion or the first elongated side sealing portion. The sealing tab extends from the elongated sealing lip toward the surface of the at least one fixed window panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darin J. Snider, David K. Johnson, Linh H. Pham