Support For Mirror- Or Picture-type Article Patents (Class 248/549)
  • Patent number: 10300866
    Abstract: A method for assembling a camera for a vehicle includes providing a camera housing portion, disposing an imaging sensor at a base portion of the camera housing portion, and disposing a lens system at a first portion of the camera housing portion. A first circuit board is provided that includes circuitry associated with the imaging sensor, which is disposed at a second circuit board that is in board-to-board electrical connection with the first circuit board. The camera housing portion and a connector portion are joined together to encase the first and second circuit boards. The connector portion includes a multi-pin connector having terminals that include (i) a first terminal portion for electrically connecting with a connector of the vehicle and (ii) a second terminal portion that electrically connects with circuitry disposed at the first circuit board when the camera housing portion and the connector portion are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bingle, Joseph Camilleri, Peter J. Whitehead, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 10285578
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dental exam tool for attaching to a mobile electronic device. The dental exam tool can include a coupling element that securely and removably couples to a body portion of the mobile electronic device and a dental mirror retention element coupled to the coupling element. Also disclosed is a dental exam system for teledentistry. The dental exam system can include a dental exam tool for attaching to a mobile electronic device and a mobile electronic device, having a camera, wherein the mobile electronic device is capable of capturing still images and/or video from the camera and storing and/or transmitting the images and/or video captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VIGILIAS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Zana Desgranges, Philip Yaghmai, Bryce Gartner
  • Patent number: 10287749
    Abstract: A cab includes a dash panel disposed frontward of an operator's seat, and a monitor device disposed above the dash panel. The whole of the monitor device in the right-left direction overlaps a first front window when the monitor device is seen in the front-rear direction. The monitor device is disposed at a position at which the whole of the monitor device overlaps the first front window when the monitor device is seen in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Matsumoto, Masamichi Miyazaki, Shinji Hirose, Masashi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10190610
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a rearview device. A windshield bracket defines a central aperture and includes internal ledges disposed about the central aperture. A mount is operably coupled with the rearview device. The mount includes pre-loading posts. A spring clip includes a base and a plurality of legs. Each leg includes an upright portion extending from the base. A connecting portion extends inwardly from the upright portion. An engagement portion extends upward away from the base. At least one loading lever extends laterally from the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Timothy J. Cercone
  • Patent number: 9932082
    Abstract: A bicycle handlebar includes a base portion that can be coupled to a bicycle, a gripping portion that is rotatably coupled to the base portion, and a mounting portion to which an operating member that operates a component of the bicycle is mounted. The mounting portion is rotatable together with the gripping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Miyazaki, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9752608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system for mounting a component on a support of a motor vehicle. The mounting system comprises a first fixing device for fixing the component without tools in a first region of the component and a second fixing device for fixing the component without tools in a second region of the component. The first fixing device includes a snap closure for fixing the first region of the component in three linearly independent directions, and the second fixing device includes a rail for fixing the second region of the component so as to be displaceable in one direction on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Winklbauer
  • Patent number: 9539956
    Abstract: An accessory system for a vehicle includes a bracket having a windshield-facing side and a cabin-facing side. The windshield-facing side of the bracket is configured to be bonded by an adhesive at a first windshield location to an in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield. The cabin-facing side of the bracket includes first structure. An accessory module is configured to mount to the bracket. A housing of the accessory module has second structure that directly engages the first structure of the bracket when mounting the housing to the bracket. An electronic device and circuitry are housed by the housing. With the accessory module mounted to the bracket attached to the vehicle windshield, the circuitry may be in communication with a vehicle bus system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam, Ralph A. Spooner, Phillip A. March
  • Patent number: 9244249
    Abstract: A double ball rearview device mounting assembly includes a bracket having a windshield engagement surface, an internal sensor receiving aperture, and an external clip engagement wall. A sensor is adapted for reception in the internal sensor receiving aperture. A clip is operably coupled to the bracket to secure the sensor. A bracket cover is configured to slide into secure engagement with the bracket and includes a first mounting ball. A barrel is pivotally coupled to the first mounting ball at one end, and is pivotally coupled to a second mounting ball at the other end. A rearview device is operably mounted to the second mounting ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chul Bock Kim, Pil Joon Choi, Daniel B. Lee, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9174577
    Abstract: A rearview device having a rearview display. A rearview device attachment assembly is connected with the rearview display and includes a mount and an attachment clip coupled to the mount. The attachment clip includes a base and first and second opposing flex members extending from the base, each including an arcuate flex portion extending from the base. A connecting portion extends from the arcuate flex portion at an angle toward the base. An engagement portion extends away from the connecting portion at an angle away from the base. First and second protrusions project from the mount, each extending through first and second slots, respectively, in the base. The first and second protrusions are in abutting contact with the engagement portion of the first and second opposing flex members, respectively, thereby forcing the first and second opposing flex members at least partially away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Timothy J. Cercone, Blake R. Adams
  • Patent number: 8925891
    Abstract: A rearview device mounting assembly configured for use with a vehicle including a bracket having a windshield engagement surface, a mount abutment surface, an internal clip engagement wall, and an external peripheral wall. A spring clip is coupled with a rearview device mount and includes a plurality of legs adapted for engagement with the internal clip engagement wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Van Huis, Peter T. Kantola, Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8261759
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus, in particular a high-pressure cleaning apparatus, is provided, on which at least one fastening device for fastening the cleaning apparatus to a carrier is disposed. The at least one fastening device comprising at least one tensioning section on which a tensile force, which is directed at the carrier, acts when the cleaning apparatus is fastened to the carrier by means of a tensioning element. At least one retaining section is connected to the at least one tensioning section, for retaining the at least one fastening device on the cleaning apparatus. The at least one fastening device has at least one support section in order to be supported on the cleaning apparatus. The support section is connected to the at least one tensioning section by at least one connecting section, the at least one connecting section yielding if the tensile force exceeds a maximum permissible tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Alfred Kaercher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Kelle, Ralph Seitter
  • Patent number: 8226064
    Abstract: A sliding torque between a pivot portion and a fitting portion may be preferably secured. In an inner mirror device, pivot portions are arranged on both end portions in an axis line direction of a stay formed by a resin material. One pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a holder main body, and the other pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a device main body. In this manner, the holder and the device main body are connected to each other through the stay. In this case, plural notches are formed in the pivot portions, and outside dimensions of the pivot portions may be elastically expanded and reduced. A metal spring pin is pressed into the stay, and the spring pin biases the pivots in a dimension-expansion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masatsugu Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8201801
    Abstract: A sign bracket for over-road highway signs and other signs. The bracket is comprised of a first assembly attached to the sign and a second assembly attached to a support structure. A shear pin prevents relative movement between the first assembly and second assembly in its normal state. When sufficient pressure is exerted on the sign the shear pin shears and the first assembly is freed to rotate the sign approximately ninety degrees. The sign is essentially laid flat either face up from wind force striking the face of the sign or face down from wind striking the rear of the sign. When the sign is laid flat it produces substantially reduced wind resistance and the support structure remains intact. The sign may then easily re-erected by insertion of a new shear pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Felix Antonio Rosabal
  • Patent number: 8068942
    Abstract: Heads-up display systems for vehicles which generate a virtual display in a field of view of an occupant of the vehicle when facing outward of the vehicle. A control system is coupled to the heads-up display system and detects an action by the occupant and controls the content of the virtual display being generated by the heads-up display system based on the detected action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8032264
    Abstract: Heads-up display systems for vehicles which generate a virtual display in a field of view of an occupant of the vehicle when facing outward of the vehicle. A control system is coupled to the heads-up display system and detects an action by the occupant, e.g., touching of a touch pad, and controls the content of the virtual display being generated by the heads-up display system based on the detected action. The touch pad may include a surface acoustical wave (SAW) device whereby touching causes a particular returned signal from the SAW substrate, with this particular returned signal being processable into an activation of the manner in which the touch pad was touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 7876551
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a base, a rotating member, and a connecting member connecting the base to the rotating member. The connecting member is slidably positioned on the base. The rotating member is rotatably positioned on the connecting member. The rotating member relative to the connecting member is able to move to be on an outer side of the base with sliding movement of the connecting member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Xin Wang, Chao-Zhong Fu, Gui-Li Yang
  • Patent number: 7735196
    Abstract: A retaining hinged connection, with a more simple assembly operation, having fewer components than does the conventional retaining hinges. An outside mirror is proposed to be engaged with such a retaining hinged connection. The connection is achieved in that the retaining axle component is designed with at least one retaining element and advantageously including a compression spring. This invention eliminates the use of bolts for securing the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Centmayer, Sebastian Heger, Werner Lang
  • Patent number: 7717394
    Abstract: A vehicle interior accessory retainer includes a base, a base inner and a plate spring. In the base inner, upper and front openings are formed in upper and front parts, respectively, side walls are formed in side parts in the upper opening, a lower part is formed at a position opposite to the upper opening with the side walls in between, and a stay mount part is provided in the lower part. The plate spring has a planar portion, upright portions, and base-retaining pieces. The stay mount part has a projection. A nip part is formed between the projection and the lower part of the base inner. A through hole is formed in the planar portion in the plate spring. A tension applying part is formed between the upper surface of the lower part in the base inner and the projection in the stay mount part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshito Tanaka, Masahiko Ito, Yoshitake Nakazawa, Akira Fukai
  • Patent number: 7665707
    Abstract: The hanger with photo display is a support hook(s) incorporating a display adjunct. The hook is fabricated from a flat sheet of material. The material is capable of a high degree of flexing without breaking. Double-sided tape is employed to mount the sheet on a flat, vertical surface such as a wall or door. The sheet is sized to neatly present a display item. The display item may take the form of a photograph, an advertisement, a message, or the like. The display item can be easily changed without causing the double-sided mounting tape to release. The hook is designed to support a load of pre-determined maximum weight. If the pre-determined weight is exceeded, the hook will bend (without breaking) to release the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: David J. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20080308708
    Abstract: An accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle includes an assembly adapted for releasable mounting to a receiving structure on the interior surface at a portion of the windshield of the vehicle. A light absorbing layer is at that portion of the windshield and at least partially hides the assembly from view by a viewer external the vehicle who is viewing through the windshield when the assembly is normally mounted to the receiving structure. The light absorbing layer includes a light transmitting portion. At least two accessories are housed by the assembly and one of the two accessories includes a forwardly-viewing camera that views through the light transmitting portion of the light absorbing layer at that portion of the windshield of the vehicle when the assembly is mounted to the receiving structure, and wherein the light absorbing layer comprises a ceramic frit layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Heslin, Niall R. Lynam
  • 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: 7334925
    Abstract: A lighted exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprises an exterior rearview mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a vehicle. The exterior mirror assembly includes a reflective element having a heater and a breakaway joint assembly having stationary member and a pivoting member that comprises a bracket supporting an electrically-operable actuator for positioning the reflective element about at least one axis. The exterior mirror assembly comprises a ground illumination or a signal light. The breakaway joint assembly includes a wire-way through which a wire cable passes carrying vehicle control signals and electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W Pastrick, Linda K Molenkamp, Roger L Koops
  • Patent number: 7167294
    Abstract: An automobile exterior sideview mirror system includes an exterior sideview mirror assembly, which includes a reflective element assembly. The reflective element assembly includes a first reflective element having a unit magnification and a second reflective element having a curvature. The first reflective element and the second reflective element are supported at a support element. The mirror system preferably further includes an actuator, which is operable to adjust the orientation of the reflective element assembly. The second reflective element is disposed adjacent to and separate from the first reflective element when it is included in the exterior sideview mirror assembly. Further, a demarcation element is provided between the first reflective element and the second reflective element. A portion of the second reflective element adjacent the demarcation element has a front surface that is generally coplanar with the front surface of the first reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Niall R Lynam, John O Lindahl, Hahns Y Fuchs
  • Patent number: 7156358
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicles incorporates a reflective mirror element and a first polymeric pivot joint allowing pivotal adjustment of the field of view of the reflective element. The assembly includes a polymeric support element, a polymeric rearview mirror mount, and a second polymeric pivot joint. The polymeric support element includes one of a first polymeric ball member and a first polymeric socket. The polymeric rearview mirror mount is adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle. The support element pivots on the second polymeric pivot joint about the rearview mirror mount. At least one of the pivot joints includes joint members generating increased frictional resistance to movement of a ball member in a socket, such joint members preferably comprising a textured surface on the ball member or socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Philip A March, Andrew D Weller, Timothy G Skiver, Mark R Brummel, Niall R Lynam
  • Patent number: 7104663
    Abstract: A vehicle memory mirror system of the present invention includes an interior rearview mirror assembly. The mirror assembly includes a mirror casing, with a reflective element, and a support, which is adapted to mount the mirror assembly to a vehicle. An electrical actuator is located interiorly of the mirror casing and is adapted to adjust the orientation of the reflective element to adjust the rearward field of view of the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7044676
    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 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Maarten J. Schuurmans
  • Patent number: 7012543
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system for use in a vehicle includes a mirror support assembly for attachment to the interior of a vehicle. The mirror support assembly comprises a first electronic accessory such as an imaging sensor. A reflective mirror element is disposed in a housing, the housing being pivotally adjustable about the mirror support assembly via a pivot element. The housing includes second and third electronic accessories at least partially controlled by a microprocessor. The mirror support assembly preferably includes a wire passageway for wires passing into the housing for the reflective mirror element. The second and third electronic accessories may be a headlamp controller and automatic dimming circuitry, or may be selected from a variety of other devices such as a garage door opener, an INTERNET interface, a video device, a trip computer, a light, or other items. The mirror assembly may also be in wireless communication with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6918566
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus (H) for retaining a room accessory such as a mirror assembly (4) comprises a base (1), a linear spring (2), and a base inner (3). The linear spring (2) includes linear parts (21) and a curved part (22), which are connected together with hairpin parts (23). A base (1) is attached between the linear parts (21) while a flange (39) provided at the base inner (3) is attached inside the curved part (22). The flange (39) is provided at a socket (38). A pivot (52) of a stay 5 of the mirror assembly (4) is pressed into the socket (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Hisaya Suzuki, Masahiko Marusawa, Noriyuki Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 6877870
    Abstract: A sensor-mirror arrangement on a windshield of a motor vehicle with an optical sensor that is fastened on the windshield in an edge region arranged between a free field of vision of the windshield and vehicle roof, and with an inside rearview mirror that is fastened using a mirror mounting in an upper edge region between the sensor and the vehicle roof. The mirror mounting has a first fastening element that interacts with a complementary second fastening element for fastening the inside rearview mirror, which is constructed with a mirror base of the inside rearview mirror. The mirror mounting moreover has a pedestal fastened on the windshield on its side facing away from the windshield the first fastening element is formed. The pedestal is dimensioned so that the mirror base fastened to the mirror holding has a predetermined distance from the windshield, which is greater that a minimum distance if need be required for the installation and/or function of the mirror base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Martin Krug
  • Patent number: 6877709
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicles incorporates a rearview mirror mount, a rearview mirror, and a rearview mirror support. The support is pivotally attached to the mirror mount by a first pivot element, and to the rearview mirror by a second pivot element. The mirror mount, support, a rearview mirror housing, and the pivot elements are each formed by molding from polymeric material having a respective color. In various embodiments, the colors may all be substantially the same, such as black, gray, tan, brown, burgundy, green, or another color, or may be different. In one form, the rearview mirror housing includes at least one electrical accessory. Electrical conductors may extend through the pivot elements and mirror support to the rearview mirror housing to provide an electrical connection for the electrical accessory to the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip A. March, Andrew D. Weller, Timothy G. Skiver, Mark R. Brummel, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6843575
    Abstract: Even when a stay is mounted to a mounting surface with tilting angle different according to types of vehicles, a predetermined or more tilting range of the mirror assembly can be obtained, thereby securing a rear field of view. As a result, since an inside mirror can be for general-purpose use of types of vehicles having a mounting surface with different tilting angles, the inside mirror does not have to be designed and manufactured according to each type of vehicles, thereby lowering the cost of the inside mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Wachi
  • Publication number: 20040238715
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicles incorporates a reflective mirror element and a first polymeric pivot joint allowing pivotal adjustment of the field of view of the reflective element. The assembly includes a polymeric support element, a polymeric rearview mirror mount, and a second polymeric pivot joint. The polymeric support element includes one of a first polymeric ball member and a first polymeric socket. The polymeric rearview mirror mount is adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle. The support element pivots about the rearview mirror mount by means of the second polymeric pivot joint. At least one of the pivot joints includes frictional resistance modification means generating frictional resistance to movement of a ball member in a socket, such means preferably comprising at least one of an interference fit, a textured surface, a raised projection and annular ridges on the ball member or socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: Donnelly Corporation, a corporation of the State of Michigan
    Inventors: Phillip A. March, Andrew D. Weller, Timothy G. Skiver, Mark R. Brummel, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6774810
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system for use in a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly having a supplemental inflatable restraint system status display. A light emitting display element is responsive to at least one of an automatic occupant sensor or a user operated switch of the restraint system to indicate enablement of that system to an operator or passenger of the vehicle. The display element preferably includes a light source to backlight air bag active or air bag inactive indicia. A further display in the mirror assembly optionally provides vehicle, highway status, traffic, toll booth or other information. At least one additional electrical accessory such as an interior light or compass sensor may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6736441
    Abstract: A detachable windshield assembly for a motorcycle including at least one clamp coupled to the windshield. The clamp is securable to the motorcycle in a secured condition and releasable from the motorcycle in an unsecured condition. The clamp includes a linkage movable between first and second positions such that the clamp is in the unsecured condition when the linkage is in the first position and the clamp is in the secured condition when the linkage is in the second position. The linkage has a center position and the clamp is biased toward the unsecured condition when the linkage is over center in a first direction and the clamp is biased toward the secured condition when the linkage is over center in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan N. Barber, Christopher J. Butkiewicz
  • Patent number: 6717712
    Abstract: This invention provides a reflective element assembly suitable for use in an exterior sideview mirror assembly mounted to the side body of an automobile. The reflective element assembly includes a first reflective element and a second reflective element. The second reflective element is angled downwardly and forwardly with respect to the first reflective element when the mirror assembly is mounted to a side of an automobile to provide an increased field of view. In one form, both reflective elements are commonly supported on a bezel, which is mounted to the mirror assembly casing. In another form, the reflective elements are separately mounted, with the second reflective element fixedly mounted to the casing and the first reflective element movably supported in the mirror casing, for example, on an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, John O. Lindahl, Hahns Yoachim Fuchs
  • Patent number: 6592231
    Abstract: A mirror assembly has a pair of telescoping tubular supports extending between a support base and a mirror head to provide adjustment of the mirror head toward and away from the support base. Friction shoes within the tubular supports releasably hold such supports against unintentional telescoping movement. Cooperating stops on the telescoping supports limit outward movement of the mirror head and prevent complete separation of the telescoping supports. The tubular supports are hingedly attached to the support base for rotation about a vertical axis, and cooperating detents and spring elements on the supports and support base releasably hold the supports against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventors: Paul Home, Paul R. Henion, Peter Robert Rothe, David Henderson Woollard, Barry Whitford, Trevor Fimeri, Simon Orme
  • Patent number: 6522451
    Abstract: This invention provides a plano-multiradius reflective element assembly suitable for use in an exterior sideview mirror assembly mounted to the side body of an automobile. The plano-multiradius reflective element assembly includes a plano reflective element which has a rearward field of view, when mounted in an exterior sideview mirror assembly mounted to the side body of an automobile, with unit magnification. The plano-multiradius reflective element assembly also includes an auxiliary reflective element including a multiradius portion with a rearward field of view. The plano reflective element provides a distortion-free rearward field of view and serves as the principal rearward-viewing portion of the plano-multiradius reflective element assembly. The multiradius portion provides a wide angle rearward field of view, and typically supplements the rearward field of view of the plano portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20020190184
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of double-plate combiners for a head-up visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Darrieux, Yannick Chevreau, Jean-Francois Gomme
  • Publication number: 20020088916
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicles incorporates a rearview mirror mount, a rearview mirror, and a rearview mirror support. The support is pivotally attached to the mirror mount by a first pivot element, and to the rearview mirror by a second pivot element. The mirror mount, support, a rearview mirror housing, and the pivot elements are each formed by molding from polymeric material having a respective color. In various embodiments, the colors may all be substantially the same, such as black, gray, tan, brown, burgundy, green, or another color, or may be different. In one form, the rearview mirror housing includes at least one electrical accessory. Electrical conductors may extend through the pivot elements and mirror support to the rearview mirror housing to provide an electrical connection for the electrical accessory to the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Philip A. March, Andrew D. Weller, Timothy G. Skiver, Mark R. Brummel, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6371618
    Abstract: A single shell side-view mirror assembly is disclosed which provides improved aerodynamic features and improved vibrational resistance characterized by an aerodynamically domed shell structure, interchangeable mirror elements, an electrically activated vibration dampening element and a static vibration dampening elements. A mirror unit of the mirror assembly is disposed within a shell housing but is coupled directly to and supported by a support member mounting plate such that the mirror unit is substantially rigidly coupled to a support member without being supported by the shell housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Rosco Inc.
    Inventors: Sol Englander, Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 6369702
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for motor vehicles includes a mirror housing, a mirror pane mounted in the housing, a support structure for attaching the mirror housing to the vehicle, and a pivoting connection disposed between the mirror housing and the support structure. The pivoting connection includes at least one safety catch which retains the mirror housing in an operating position relative to the support structure. The safety catch is releasable upon the approach of the mirror housing to an obstruction to thereby allow the mirror housing to pivot relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Heinrich Lang
  • Patent number: 6325518
    Abstract: An extendable exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror subassembly, a bracket which is adapted for mounting to a vehicle, and a support which mounts the mirror subassembly to the bracket. Support extends into the housing which is movable along the support. The housing includes a retracted position and at lease one outboard position, which define a direction of extension. The mirror assembly further includes a drive assembly which is supported in the housing and drivingly coupled to the support. The drive assembly selectively moves the housing along the support. The mirror assembly further includes a clutch mechanism which drivingly decouples the drive assembly from the support when a force of sufficient magnitude is applied to the housing in the direction of extension such that the housing can be manually moved along the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Peter John Whitehead, Michiel Pieter van de Ven
  • Patent number: 6319578
    Abstract: The tape comprises a self-adhesive strip intended to be applied on an object, a backing strip covering one side of the adhesion strip and which is pulled off the adhesion strip after this strip is applied, additional means of adherence provided on the backing strip increasing the adhesive force between the backing strip and the adhesion strip and avoiding the curling of the latter when is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Varitape B.v.B.a.
    Inventor: Frans Nauwelaerts
  • Patent number: 6318697
    Abstract: An automobile rearview mirror mount assembly adapted to mount sensors and wiring for automotive occupancy sensing (AOS) systems for sensing the nature or type of occupant and the location of the occupant with respect to the vehicle interior, particularly AOS systems employing Keep-Out-Zone-Incursion (KOZI) sensors. The mirror mount assembly provides a protected conduit for AOS wiring independent of the windshield, allowing windshield replacement without the removal or possible damage to the wiring. The mirror mounting assembly is characterised by a elongated cantilevered arm extension of the mirror mount, the arm being pivoted from the vehicle roof or a roof- or header-mounted AOS console, The mirror mounting assembly includes a bracket incorporating one or more AOS sensor(s), preferably a Keep-Out-Zone-Incursion (KOZI) sensor(s). The cantilevered arm carries the electronic connections linking the sensors to the AOS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony P. Corrado, Tomas Lehntz
  • Patent number: 6276805
    Abstract: A mirror assembly has a pair of telescoping tubular supports extending between a support base and a mirror head to provide adjustment of the mirror head toward and away from the support base. Friction shoes within the tubular supports releasably hold such supports against unintentional telescoping movement. Cooperating stops on the telescoping supports limit outward movement of the mirror head and prevent complete separation of the telescoping supports. The tubular supports are hingedly attached to the support base for rotation about a vertical axis, and cooperating detents and spring elements on the supports and support base releasably hold the supports against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventors: Paul Home, Paul R. Henion, Peter Robert Rothe, David Henderson Woollard, Barry Whitford, Trevor Fimeri, Simon Orme
  • Patent number: 6222460
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system for use in a vehicle includes an information display providing the status of a supplemental inflatable restraint system (SIRS) to the driver or a passenger in the vehicle. The SIRS status information display includes a light-emitting display element responsive to the SIRS to indicate enablement of the SIRS, and preferably to an automatic occupant sensor included in the SIRS. Preferably, the display includes indicia, such as air bag active or air bag inactive indicia, and at least one light source for backlighting the indicia. A photo sensor may be included to vary the brightness of the display in relation to the ambient light level adjacent the assembly, or to control the variable reflectance of a reflective, electro-optic mirror element in the assembly or to control a twilight headlight sentinel of the vehicle. A second information display may be included in the assembly to display other information related to the vehicle or vehicle accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6172613
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly incorporating one or more vehicle information displays includes an information display area in a portion of the rearview mirror housing which is at an angle to the plane of the reflective mirror element to provide improved visibility of the display by a front seat passenger. The information display can be provided in either the chin or eyebrow area of the rearview mirror housing, in the end of the mirror housing, or, alternately, in the field of view of the reflective mirror element itself or as a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 6130514
    Abstract: An electrically operable pivoting mechanism (10) for causing a mirror housing (3) of a wing mirror to pivot. The mirror housing can be brought from any position into any other position manually, and can be brought from any position into the normal operational position electrically by means of the mechanism (10). The mechanism (10) has a construction which is simple an an therefor be easily manufactured. The mechanism comprises a plurality of arcuate grooves and corresponding configured projections engaging the grooves for defining the extreme positions of the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: IKU Holding Montfoort B.V.
    Inventors: Goran Bernd Oesterholt, Adrianus Johannes Blom, Stefan Frits Brouwer, Albertus van Zanten
  • Patent number: 6113241
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly, especially suited for towing vehicles, includes a dual purpose spring that provides a break-away feature and holds a mirror subassembly in one of a plurality of positions along a mounting arm. The exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a housing supporting a reflective element, a mounting bracket adapted for mounting to a vehicle, and an arm supporting the housing and mounted to the mounting bracket. The arm is adapted to pivot about the mounting bracket between a normal operating position and a folded, break-away position and includes a spring cooperating with the arm to selectively bias the arm into frictional engagement with the housing to hold the housing and mirror-subassembly in a fixed position along the arm and with the mounting bracket to hold the arm in one of the two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Steven G. Hoek
  • Patent number: 6109586
    Abstract: A rearview mirror support bracket for mounting a reflective element in a rearview mirror assembly housing in which the rearview mirror assembly housing is mounted to a vehicle by a vehicle mounting bracket includes a support bracket having a reinforced polyolefin body, and most preferably a glass filled polypropylene body, with a mounting surface for supporting one of electrical actuator and an adapter member and having an arm for connection to the vehicle mounting bracket. The support arm includes a collar for rotatably mounting the rearview mirror support bracket on a post or pivot of the vehicle mounting bracket and includes a plurality of detents for engaging in spaced recesses of the base of the vehicle mounting bracket for releasably coupling the rearview mirror support bracket to the vehicle mounting bracket. Preferably, the detents comprise a dissimilar material from the support bracket, for example a plastic or metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Steven G. Hoek