Patents Assigned to Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
  • Publication number: 20090123223
    Abstract: A pivot connection comprising a substantially cylindrical head (14) to be pivotally located into a socket, at least one first surface on the socket that engages one side of the outer surface of the cylindrical head (14), and second surfaces that engage the ends of the cylindrical head (14) on a side substantially opposite to the at least one first surface to thereby retain the cylindrical head (14) within the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: SCHEFENACKER VISION SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Tim Lynn, Graham Davies, Daniel Flynn
  • Publication number: 20090080096
    Abstract: A vehicle external rear view mirror assembly comprising a bracket and a mirror head, a pair of parallel outer arm assemblies (20, 20?) having a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion having a rack (28, 28?), a pair of parallel inner arm assemblies (40, 40?) and extending into respective outer arm assemblies (20, 20?), each inner arm assembly (40, 40?) having a front portion and a rear portion, a pair of driving pinion gears (50, 50?), each engaging a respective rack (28, 28?), a pinion drive shaft (53), a drive motor (60), and a gear train, the drive motor (60) driving the inner arm assemblies (40, 40?) to move telescopically with respect to their respective outer arm assemblies (20, 20?), wherein each outer arm assembly (20, 20?) is recessed back from the distal end towards the bracket to allow the pinion drive shaft assembly to travel towards the bracket behind the front portion of the outer arm assembly (20, 20?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Garry Fimeri, Mark Leonid Olijnyk, Matthew John Reedman, Simon Belcher
  • Patent number: 7399137
    Abstract: A pivot arrangement between a mirror head and a mirror mounting bracket of a rear vision mirror for a motor vehicle which uses a disc spring with a negative spring rate over part of its travel. The disc spring has a height to thickness ratio of greater than ?2(1.414).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Maarten J. Schuurmans
  • Patent number: 7390102
    Abstract: A pivot and detent mechanism is disclosed. The mechanism includes: a base 30 for mounting on a vehicle; an arm 40 for supporting a mirror head 20, the arm 40 pivotally connected to the base 30 to allow angular movement of the head 20, the arm having spaced apart first and second flexible branches 44 and 44?; and a deploy detent recess and a cooperating detent member 46 set, the deploy detent member 46 engageable with the detent recess to hold the mirror head 20 with respect to the base 30 in a deployed position. The flexible branches 44 and 44? are resiliently movable with respect to each other to allow disengagement and engagement of the deploy detent member 46 from the detent recess upon the application of sufficient force to the mirror head 20 allowing the head 20 to move from the deployed position to a non-deployed position. An improved pre-loaded spring is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Garry Gordon Leslie Fimeri, Mark Olijnyk
  • Publication number: 20080068717
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly comprising a reflective element (21) for reflecting incident light (I), the reflective element (21) having a viewable side, a means (20) for varying the intensity of light (I) reflected from the viewable side, a photo-electrical power cell (35) for powering the means (20) for varying the intensity of reflected light (I) and a control means (40) for controlling the means (20) for varying the intensity of reflected light (I) in response to ambient light (A) conditions, wherein, in use, the intensity of the light (I) reflected from the viewable side is reduced in low ambient light (A) conditions. In other embodiments a power storage means is defined, for providing intermittent power to power the means (20) for varying the intensity of light (I) reflected, the power being supplied by the photo-electric power cell (35).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Gilbert, Kash Munir
  • Patent number: 7318648
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly comprising a reflective element for reflecting incident light, the reflective element having a viewable side, a dimming element for varying the intensity of light reflected from the viewable side, a photo-electric power cell for powering the dimming element for varying the intensity of reflected light and a controller for controlling the dimming element in response to ambient light conditions, wherein, in use, the intensity of the light reflected from the viewable side is reduced in low ambient light conditions. In other embodiments a power source is defined, for providing interment power to power the dimming element for varying the intensity of light reflected, the power being supplied by the photo-electric power cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert William Gilbert, Kash A. Munir
  • Patent number: 7287867
    Abstract: A power telescoping vehicle mirror assembly (10) comprising a bracket (12) mountable to a vehicle, a mirror head (15), telescopically mounted to the bracket (12), a mirror (16) mounted to the head (15), a power telescope motor mechanism (30) for telescopically moving the head (15) with respect to the bracket (12), a position controller for controlling the extent to which the mirror head (15) extends with respect to the vehicle, a switch operable by a driver of the vehicle, the switch providing a signal to the position controller, and an input means for providing the position controller with a set point, wherein upon actuation of the switch, the head (15) telescopically moves with respect to the bracket (12) from a retracted position to a partially extended position determined by the set point. In an other embodiment, a spotter mirror, and a spotter mirror motor mechanism for adjusting the orientation of the spotter mirror with respect to the mirror head is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Kingsley Wellington, James Nicholas Dickson
  • Patent number: 7282881
    Abstract: A circuit and method of reducing the occurrence of overheating of a power fold vehicle mirror. The circuit controls the operation of the power fold mirror such that when a portion of the circuit reaches or exceeds a predetermined temperature threshold, the vehicle mirror is prevented from at least folding in. In practice, the vehicle mirror will be allowed to fold out even when the predetermined temperature threshold has been reached or exceeded, to allow the vehicle door to be opened and the car to be driven. The vehicle mirror may be allowed to be folded in when the temperature of the circuit falls to or below a second predetermined temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Donald Kay
  • Patent number: 7270430
    Abstract: A vehicle external review-view mirror assembly having an extension and retraction mechanism for a telescopic arm support that connects a mirror head to a mirror mounting bracket is disclosed. The assembly comprises: a hollow outer arm extending from the bracket, an inner arm mounted to the head and extending into the outer arm for relative sliding movement out of and into the outer arm; a driving wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm or the head; a driven wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm and positioned within the outer arm at a location spaced apart from the driven wheel; and a toothed belt extending between the driving wheel and the driven wheel for power transmission between them. A pair of laterally spaced apart contact rollers are mounted coaxially with the driven wheel, the pair of contact rollers engaging spaced apart bearing surfaces depending from the outer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark L. Olijnyk, Daniel J. Flynn
  • Publication number: 20070194646
    Abstract: A electric motor and motor housing assembly includes an electric motor body having spaced apart sockets for receiving and frictionally engaging spaced apart electrical power supply terminals. A housing supports the motor. The housing defines an aperture over the sockets. The assembly also includes a connector body. A pair of spaced apart electrical terminals extends outwards from the connector body and is receivable by the sockets. A motor body gripping portion extends from the connector body. The gripping portion mechanically latches to the motor body thereby substantially preventing relative movement between the terminals and the sockets. A pliable member is mounted between the connector body and the housing. The pliable member allows relative movement between the connector body and the housing while the motor moves relative to the housing under varying loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Olijnyk, Daniel Flynn
  • Patent number: 7235896
    Abstract: A method for extending the functionality of a traditional vehicle mirror control switch to make use of a normally unused third state of the switch, to allow integration of extra mirror function operations such as powerfold and power telescoping. The method allows for reduced manufacturing costs and time. A modified switch arrangement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Mark Olijnyk
  • Patent number: 7175292
    Abstract: An external mirror assembly for a motor vehicle with a base (16) and an adjustable mirror head (12) and a pivot and vibration absorption mechanism (14) on the base (16) allowing manual adjustment of the mirror head (12) with respect to the base (16). The pivot and vibration absorption mechanism (14) has a ball joint (22, 26) to enable pivoting and frictionally engaging faces (36, 38, 42) spaced apart from the ball joint (22, 26) on the base (16) and the mirror head (12) to provide vibration absorption. The respective faces (36, 38, 42) are part spherical surfaces resiliently urged together by resilient means (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Darryl Flynn
  • Patent number: 7172298
    Abstract: A power-folding vehicle mirror assembly is described, including: a base; a mirror head assembly mounted to the base for movement from a drive position to a front position and for movement from the drive position to a park position; a first clutch body mounted to the base; a second clutch body mounted to the head, and biased towards engagement with the first clutch body; a sun gear mounted to the base for rotation about a first axis; a planetary gear mounted to the mirror head assembly for rotation about a second axis; a motor operably connected to the planetary gear; at least one drive train detent recess and projection pair forming a drive train detent system; and a head assembly to base detent system operably interposed between the head assembly and the base, wherein the mirror head is moveable between a drive position and a park position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Olijnyk, Daniel J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7165853
    Abstract: The present application includes a vehicle mirror which includes an approach light in the attachment assembly. The approach light is a single light source positionable in relation to predetermined inputs for directing light to various areas, depending on the inputs. Additionally, an intercom system is provided for communication between the interior of the vehicle and exterior of the vehicle, by way of the vehicle mirror. Also, a remote sensor is utilized to set predetermined memory positions of interior vehicle components such as seats, steering columns and brake pedals. This allows customization of the interior components upon an individual's approach to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert W. Gilbert, Kash A. Munir, Mark Olijnyk, Patrick McCaffrey, Paul M. Schwarz, Alex Gersch, Paul van de Loo, Maarten J. Schuurmans, Andrew D. Herps, Adam S. Peacock, Richard G. Teal, Chris Moase
  • Patent number: 7163300
    Abstract: An exterior rear vision mirror assembly (10) for a motor vehicle, the assembly (10) having a base (14) to be attached to the vehicle, at least one arm (15, 16) extending from the base (14) and a mirror head (11) mounted to the at least one arm (15, 16) and having a mirror (13), the mirror head (11) and arm (15, 16) is adapted to be rotated about an axis in the base (14), a power fold system having a motor assembly (24) in the at least one arm or each arm (15, 16) to drive the mirror (13) from a driving position to a foldaway position and from the foldaway position to the driving position and an override system including a clutch (64) is provided so that the mirror (13) can be manually moved to the foldaway position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Olijnyk, Daniel Joseph Flynn
  • Patent number: 7152986
    Abstract: A pivot assembly (10) adapted to connect a mirror head (11) and a mirror mounting bracket (12) of a rear vision mirror assembly. The pivot assembly (10) has a spigot extending from a spigot plate (40), a plate (35) journalled to the spigot and a detent arrangement between the plate (35) and spigot. An attachment arrangement on both the spigot plate (40) and plate (35) allows the spigot plate (40) to be secured to either one of the mirror head (11) or the mirror mounting bracket (12). The attachment arrangement also allows the plate (35) to be secured to the other of the mirror head (11) or the mirror mounting bracket (12). A stop means associated with the spigot and adapted to engage with a stop arrangement on either the mirror head (11) or the mirror mounting bracket (12) limits rotation of the mirror head (11) with respect to the mirror mounting bracket (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Maarten J. Schuurmans
  • Patent number: 7137715
    Abstract: A pivot assembly for a vehicle external mirror having a mirror head mounted to a mirror base, the assembly comprising a first member (20), a second member (30), the first and second members (20, 30) mounted in or being part of the mirror base and the mirror head respectively, the first and second members (20, 30) having respectively first and second detent sides (24, 34), inner sides (26, 36) and apertures (28, 38) extending from the detent side (24, 34) to the inner sides (26, 36) respectively, detent means (56, 59), a spigot (50), a spring (60), means (56, 72) for applying a pre-load to the spring (60), the initial relative rotation between the second member (30) and the first member (20) in a first direction causes loading of the spring (60), the pre-load is maintained during subsequent relative rotations between the second (30) and the first member (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Maarten J. Schuurmans, Michael Holbrook
  • Publication number: 20060165477
    Abstract: A pivot arrangement between a mirror head and a mirror mounting bracket of a rear vision mirror for a motor vehicle which uses a disc spring with a negative spring rate over part of its travel. The disc spring has a height to thickness ratio of greater than ?2(1.414).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Applicant: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Maarten Schuurmans
  • Publication number: 20060103957
    Abstract: A power-folding vehicle mirror assembly is described, including: a base; a mirror head assembly mounted to the base for movement from a drive position to a front position and for movement from the drive position to a park position; a first clutch body mounted to the base; a second clutch body mounted to the head, and biased towards engagement with the first clutch body; a sun gear mounted to the base for rotation about a first axis; a planetary gear mounted to the mirror head assembly for rotation about a second axis; a motor operably connected to the planetary gear; at least one drive train detent recess and projection pair forming a drive train detent system; and a head assembly to base detent system operably interposed between the head assembly and the base, wherein the mirror head is moveable between a drive position and a park position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Olijnyk, Daniel Flynn
  • Patent number: RE39328
    Abstract: A rear view mirror for a motor vehicle comprising a case containing a mounting platform which has a concave part-spherical recess. A reflective member is secured to a mirror carrier which has a hollow projection with a part-spherical outer surface dimensioned to be a sliding fit in the recess a part-spherical inner surface and a diametrically oriented slot. A stem is secured to the mounting platform so as to project from the center of the recess and has a T-shaped crosshead dimensioned to pass through the slot when aligned therewith and to engage with the part-spherical inner surface of the hollow projection when aligned transversely to the slot. A lever on the mounting platform engages with a slot in the mirror carrier to prevent relative angular movement between the mirror carrier and the mounting platform about said stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Garry Gordon Leslie Fimeri