Retractable Vehicle Mirror Patents (Class 359/841)
  • Patent number: 10315578
    Abstract: A vehicle modular side view mirror assembly is disclosed. The mirror base has a first section capable of attachment to a vehicle and a second section capable of attachment to a mirror head, wherein the second section is movable relative to the first section. The mirror assembly can include a mirror head having a reflective surface and a motor for moving the mirror head relative to a mirror base, the mirror head detachably connectable to the mirror base. Lidar sensors can be mounted in addition to, or in place of, the side view mirrors. Interchangeable modular heads can allow a user to customize the vehicle to have mirror heads, sensors, both, or neither. Mirror bases can move, allowing the mirrors and/or sensors to be positioned at different angles. In some configurations, the position of the sensors can be dynamically adjusted according to the speed and/or direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Richard S. Kim, Hong S. Bae, Skyler R. Lund, Brian Sung Oh, Page Brullau Beermann, Charles Edward Spencer, Zu-Ning Chen, Christopher W. Lamorte, Calvin Liu, Padmanabhan Kumar
  • Patent number: 10308183
    Abstract: A folding device to move a mirror head relative to a mirror foot of a motor vehicle exterior mirror. The folding device includes a carrier operatively connected to one of the mirror head or the mirror foot, a motor attached to the carrier, the motor having a motor shaft, an output drive operatively connected to one of the mirror head or the mirror foot, a gear mechanism to operatively connect the output drive to the motor shaft, and a pressure device operatively connected to the carrier to engage and press the motor shaft against the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA Auteca GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Fuchs, Bernhard Schadler
  • Patent number: 10093378
    Abstract: A side mirror for a straddle vehicle includes: a mirror stay including a base end portion attached to a vehicle body of a motorcycle (straddle vehicle); and a mirror portion including a mirror and provided at a tip end portion of the mirror stay. The mirror stay includes a first stay portion and a second stay portion which branch from the base end portion to extend toward the tip end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 10088680
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head-up display (1) comprising: a reflecting mirror (9) held by a mirror holder (15) articulated about a pivoting axis (17); and a motor-driven system (31) for pivotably moving said reflecting mirror (9), comprising a motor unit (33), characterised in that the motor-driven system (31) comprises a connecting rod (35) extending in a direction perpendicular to the pivoting axis (17), the first end portion (35) of said connecting rod being engaged with the mirror holder (15) in an articulated manner, and a second end portion (39) thereof, opposite the first (37), being engaged with a rotary output body (47, 49) of the motor unit (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Beraud, Patrick Corduan
  • Patent number: 10065555
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. A projector is coupled to a side structure of the vehicle. A sensor detects a remote device carried on a person approaching the vehicle. Based on a detected location of the remote device relative to the vehicle, the projector projects a light pattern onto a ground surface to define an illuminated path leading up to the vehicle and pointing towards the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Jamar Abrams, David Randolph Roberts
  • Patent number: 10035459
    Abstract: A rear view mirror assembly having a base portion to be fixed on the motor vehicle and a movable portion attached to the base portion. Said portions can be positioned at least in an operating position and in a folded position and define an interface having teeth for raising and lowering the base portion relative to the movable portion when they are rotated. A biasing mechanism may also be provided for holding the base portion against the movable portion. Contact areas protrude from said teeth that may provide additional resistance against rotation of the movable portion to the base portion through an angle of rotation ? of at least about 10° from the folded position to the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FICO MIRRORS FRANCE S.A.S.
    Inventor: Daniel Louis Millot
  • Patent number: 10012942
    Abstract: A drive device, which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes a drive motor and a plurality of gears driven by the drive motor. The plurality of gears include at least two gears disposed coaxially with each other and have a plurality of meshing portions. Each meshing portion is formed between a pair of gears of the plurality of gears. A difference between respective gear mesh frequencies of the plurality of meshing portions is set equal to or smaller than 100 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ishida, Naoki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9994155
    Abstract: A sleeve 15 is formed on a mirror base 10. An opening 28a is formed in a mirror head 20. The sleeve 15 has an outer peripheral surface including a first outer peripheral surface 15a and a second outer peripheral surface 15b. The second outer peripheral surface 15b is located further in an inward radial direction of the sleeve 15 than the first outer peripheral surface 15a. The second outer peripheral surface 15b is formed so as to extend smoothly in a circumferential direction of the sleeve. A passage 40, which guides wind entering the mirror head 20, is formed between the second outer peripheral surface 15b and an inner peripheral surface of the opening 28a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: ISHIZAKI HONTEN CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teiji Nishimoto, Hiroaki Ohtagaki, Tomoya Morimura, Kazuaki Hiwatashi, Takafumi Usui
  • Patent number: 9919653
    Abstract: An adjustable mirror assembly. The adjustable mirror assembly includes one or more mirrors that are affixed to a front portion of a vehicle and configured to view the underside of the vehicle. The mirrors allow for both vertical movement and horizontal and vertical angular adjustment. Thus, the mirrors can have a field of view of the underside of the vehicle, which may include a blade for grading road and ground surfaces. In one embodiment, the mirrors are controllable from a control box positioned within the vehicle by a vehicle operator. Further, one or more light sources can be activated to illuminate a desired area for improved vision in low and no light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: John O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9862322
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes an adjustable support system for supporting a mirror. The adjustable support system includes a first peripheral support element and a second peripheral support element, each having an adjustable height, and optionally a third, central support element having a fixed height. Each of the first and second peripheral support elements is coupled with a respective linear actuator for adjusting their respective heights, thereby adjusting and/or rotating the mirror. In some embodiments, additional peripheral elements are included at opposite sides of each of the first and second peripheral support elements to provide additional balance and/or dampening when the mirror is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer
  • Patent number: 9855983
    Abstract: A rectifier that is installed on a vehicle which includes a front shield at a front of a vehicle compartment, a hood in front of the front shield, a cowl between a back edge of the hood and a lower end of the front shield, and a fender on an outside of the hood and the cowl in a vehicle width direction, the rectifier including a rectifier member that is installed at a region on a side surface of the fender and adjacent to the back edge of the hood, and has a negative pressure generation part which causes an airflow created when the vehicle travels to generate a negative pressure backward. The front shield is shaped like a curved surface that projects toward a front of the vehicle. At least a part of the negative pressure generation part is disposed in front of a shield extension virtual curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusaku Dogahira, Naoto Watanabe, Hiroshi Niitsu, Kento Ota, Hisafumi Nakaura, Hiroshi Natsui
  • Patent number: 9829883
    Abstract: A system for backing a trailer with a vehicle is provided herein and includes a mobile electronic device with which a user inputs an intended backing path for the trailer. A controller autonomously controls the vehicle to back the trailer according to the intended backing path. The controller communicates with a sensing system to determine if the user has lost sight of at least one of the vehicle and the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Zheng Hu, Donald Jacob Mattern
  • Patent number: 9718407
    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 said mounting portion. The actuator includes a first motor and a second motor that are operable in tandem to cooperatively cause a common drive gear of a gear system to be driven to pivot the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion. Operation of the first and second motors is synchronized and causes the common drive gear to rotate. A shutoff circuit is operable to determine a stalled condition and, responsive to such determination, is operable to deactivate driving of the common drive gear by the at least two motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 9610896
    Abstract: A adjusting device for a vehicular mirror directly transmits any forces exerted on the mirror between a base member and a rotating member when the mirror is not being adjusted. This permits a small electric motor to be used that can withstand only comparatively small forces exerted on the mirror while the mirror is being adjusted. The device includes the motor, a cylindrical base, a rotating member and a driven member. The mirror is adjusted when the motor drives the rotating member, and the rotating member is uncoupled from the base member. When the motor rotates the driven member, the rotating member is forced axially apart from the base member as a decoupling element on the rotating member slides up an inclined portion on the driven member. When the motor is not driving the rotating member, the rotating member is uncoupled from the motor and couples to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mekra Lang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Elmar Finkenberger, Albrecht Popp, Stefan Centmayer
  • Patent number: 9573526
    Abstract: A mirror bracket supports a mirror. A mirror bracket includes a base and an attachment member for attaching the base to a vehicle. A member moves relative to the base. The member is movable in a rotational or linear direction. The member is urged opposite to the rotational or linear direction. The member includes a mirror receiver where the mirror is coupled to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Quadratec, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas N. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9522627
    Abstract: A communication system, including an apparatus, method and program, is provided for communicating a message from a vehicle to a location. The communication system detects a distance to an object that is located at the location and a speed of the vehicle. A target distance is then calculated on the basis of the detected distance to the object and the detected speed of the vehicle. A determination is made as to whether the object is configured for communication with the vehicle. According to the determination, a message is communicated to the object from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 9440587
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mounting portion mountable at a side of a vehicle and a mirror head portion pivotally adjustable relative to the mounting portion. An actuator is 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 operable in tandem to cooperatively drive a common drive gear of a gear system to adjust the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion. Operation of the first and second motors is synchronized. Operation of the first motor drives a first gear that rotatably drives the common drive gear and operation of the second motor drives a second gear that rotatably drives the common drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 9435997
    Abstract: A rotary motion controller controlling the motion of a mirror in a projection system is described having a mounting element coupled to a support member. A two-axis coupling is provided with at least two input shafts coupled to two drive mechanisms. A channeled portion is provided in a second of the two input shafts through which the support member extends there through and is guided thereby and where the at least one support member is coupled to the first input shafts via an input coupling coupled to and driving the support member and a control input controlling the position of the at least two input shafts. A method of controlling a mirror in an underwater projection system is also provided along with a method of operating a controller for an underwater projection system and a further embodiment for providing movement of a mirror in an underwater projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Reddy, Bruce Johnson, Kevin Doyle, Gabriel Perez
  • Patent number: 9315154
    Abstract: An adjustable rearview mirror which allows the rear view mirror to be adjusted out of the viewing field of the windshield area to improve the driver and passenger experience in the motor vehicle. The adjustable rearview mirror generally includes a central slot in which a mirror arm is pivotally secured. A pair of retainer rods may be selectively extended across and retracted from the central slot with a trigger. When the retainer rods are retracted from the central slot, the mirror arm may be freely adjusted into various positions. When the retainer rods are extended across the central slot, the mirror arm may be locked into a particular position. Thus, the rearview mirror may be withdrawn from view when it is not necessary so as to allow an unobstructed view of the area surrounding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Richard C. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 9308866
    Abstract: A system of exterior mirrors having a mirror head and a mirror foot, the system including a first mirror which is configured to rotate about and also move vertically along a first axis defined by a first drive for the first mirror, and a second mirror which is configured to rotate about a second axis defined by a second drive for the second mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA Auteca AG
    Inventors: Martin Palvoelgyi, Bernhard Schadler, Reinhard Fuchs
  • Patent number: 9242607
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mounting portion mountable at a side of a vehicle, a mirror head portion adjustably mounted at the mounting portion, and a reflective element at the mirror head portion. An actuator is operable to impart pivotal movement of the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion and about a generally vertical pivot axis to pivotally adjust the mirror head portion relative to the side of the vehicle at which the mounting portion is mounted. The actuator comprises at least two motors and the motors are operable in tandem to cooperatively rotatably drive a common gear of a gear system to pivot the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion. Responsive to a determination of the rotational movement being below a threshold speed, a shutoff circuit deactivates at least one of the motors irrespective of current draw by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 9180817
    Abstract: Exterior mirror unit comprising a mirror base for attachment to a motor vehicle, a mirror support connectable with the mirror base and an actuator unit placed between the mirror support and mirror base for pivoting adjustment of the mirror support relative to the mirror base, wherein the mirror support is connectable with the actuator unit and the mirror base in a manner detachable as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Paulus Gerardus Maria van Stiphout
  • Patent number: 9180816
    Abstract: A mirror mount that mounts a mirror to a vehicle fender. The mount can include a base that faces a vehicle fender exterior without extending upwardly and under a hood of the vehicle. A support arm extends from the base and includes a distal end that joins with a mirror. One or more pillars extend away from the base. The pillars can be sized and shaped to extend through holes in the fender to a frame member of the vehicle disposed inwardly relative to the fender. The pillars are associated with a fastener to join with the frame member so that weight of the mirror, the base, the support arm and/or the pillars are substantially born by the frame member. This can reduce transmission of vibration inherent in the fender to the mirror, and/or can rigidly and structurally connect the mirror to the frame member, rather than the fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Dutton, Daniel L. Cook
  • Patent number: 9174687
    Abstract: A link apparatus of a variable rear spoiler for a vehicle, may include an outer linkage coupled to a motorized rotating drive shaft, a base bracket affixed to a vehicle body and a spoiler bracket connected to a rear spoiler, wherein the outer linkage determines a withdrawal height of the rear spoiler at a fully open state of the rear spoiler, and an inner linkage positioned inside of the outer linkage and coupled to the drive shaft, the base bracket, and the spoiler bracket, wherein the inner linkage determines a withdrawal angle of the rear spoiler at the fully open state of the rear spoiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORP.
    Inventors: Phil Jung Jeong, Young Sub Oh, Seung Mok Lee, Hyun Gyung Kim, Bock Cheol Lee, Dong Eun Cha
  • Patent number: 9116339
    Abstract: A combiner positioning system for a head-up display includes a carrier and a camwheel. The carrier supports a combiner for the head-up display, and the combiner is movable between a stowed position and a display position. The camwheel is rotatable about a camwheel axis. The rotation of the camwheel about the camwheel axis engages the carrier and moves the combiner between the stowed position and the display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Jabil Circuit, Inc.
    Inventor: Henricus Marie Ruyten
  • Patent number: 9045088
    Abstract: According to the present invention, with regard to a plurality of notch portions, a plurality of tilt faces are provided for a respective one of the notch portions. As a result, the present invention is capable of lowering a facial pressure of a respective one of a plurality of tilt faces of one notch portion more remarkably than a facial pressure of one tilt face of one notch portion. As a result, the present invention is capable of reducing a frictional wear and tear of a tilt face without a need to use any other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakata
  • Patent number: 9045086
    Abstract: An exterior mirror has a mirror foot lower part mounted in a cavity in a vehicle door. A mirror foot upper part is mounted on the mirror foot lower part via a six-point mounting so that the mirror foot upper part protrudes from the door. A mirror head is mounted on the mirror foot upper part. The two mirror foot parts are held pressed together via a leaf spring and a separating plane between the two mirror foot parts of the exterior mirror is in the door cavity. In the event of a pendulum impact, the mirror foot upper part together with the mirror head is separated from the door-mounted mirror foot lower part and remains in the cavity of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marcus Mueller
  • Patent number: 9033526
    Abstract: A powerfold mechanism for an external rear view mirror is disclosed. The mechanism comprises: a powerfold housing mountable between a mirror housing and a vehicle mountable mirror base; a clutch member urged into engagement with the mirror, the clutch member allowing the mirror housing to be manually moved with respect to the mirror base; an electric drive train between the powerfold housing and the clutch member; and a drive stop movably mounted to the powerfold housing and having a drive stop face engagable with a drive stop detent mounted to the mirror base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Maarten Schuurmans, Garry Fimeri, Simon Belcher, Daniel Flynn
  • Patent number: 9033527
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, by a first fixed-face of a fixed projection of a stay and a first rotating-face of a rotating projection of a drive body contacting, further rotation of a mirror is inhibited when the mirror is disposed in a housed position. A slope-angle of the first fixed-face to the housing direction is smaller than a slope-angle of the first rotating-face to a forward folded direction. Contact between the upper end of the first fixed-face and the first rotating-face can accordingly be restricted, and a distance from the lower end of the first fixed-face to the contact position with the first rotating-face can be made short. So, moment acting on the first fixed-face from the first rotating-face can be made small, enabling damage to the lower end position of the first fixed-face to be suppressed. A reduction in weight and cost can accordingly be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sawada, Shigeki Yoshida, Kenichi Mizutani
  • Publication number: 20150098144
    Abstract: A side view mirror having a rotatable housing comprises a cover plate mounted on an exterior of a vehicle body, wherein an inside and outside of the cover plate are divided based on the vehicle body. A stay includes a lever disposed at an inner side of the cover plate. An up/down/left/right angle adjusting part is integrated with a connection bar, connected to the lever through the connection bar, and configured to be movable in up/down and left/right directions with respect to an outer surface of the cover plate. A folding supporting part is integrated with the up/down/left/right angle adjusting part at the outer surface of the up/down/left/right angle adjusting part and connected to the mirror-integrated housing. A mirror-integrated housing is foldably or unfoldably coupled with the folding supporting part, and an angle of the mirror-integrated housing is adjusted in up/down and left/right directions by the up/down/left/right angle adjusting part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Ill Soo KIM, Jong Sik BAE, Chan Mook CHOI, Chang Seok LEE, Dong Young JANG, Kyoung Joon LEE, Myung Ho JUNG
  • Patent number: 8955994
    Abstract: A method and a device for controlling movement of an outside rearview mirror of a vehicle from an unfolded position to a folded position includes determining whether an ignition of a vehicle is turned off, and determining whether an object has been detected in a rear detection range of the vehicle. The mirror is moved into the folded position, when the ignition is turned off, and when either no object has been detected in the detection range, or when an object has been detected in the detection range and a seat associated with the mirror is unoccupied and/or a door associated with the mirror is opened. The vehicle has a seat occupancy sensor and a door switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8955993
    Abstract: In a door mirror device, a drain wall is disposed on a peripheral edge portion of an open hole in a cover. A first inclined surface is arranged to be separated from and below the drain wall. In a case where liquid entering into the mirror device flows into the open hole in the cover, the liquid travels along the drain wall and flows downward. Then, the liquid reaches a distal end of the drain wall and falls from the distal end of the drain wall onto the first inclined surface. The liquid that has fallen onto the first inclined surface travels along the first inclined surface and flows out to a communication hole. Due to this, the liquid is discharged to below a stand via the communication hole, pooling of the liquid between a cover and a motor base above a support shaft can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 8955992
    Abstract: A mirror adjustment device, in particular for a motor vehicle, comprising a mirror foot for mounting on a motor vehicle and a mirror housing adjustably connected with the mirror foot, wherein the mirror housing is adjustable between a folded-in position in which the mirror housing is situated substantially along the motor vehicle and a folded-out position in which the mirror housing is situated substantially transversely to the motor vehicle. The mirror housing is adjustable between a first position in which a slit is present between neighboring surfaces of the mirror housing and the mirror foot and a second position in which the neighboring surfaces of the mirror housing and the mirror foot substantially abut against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Jacobus Maria Van Zuijlen, Marinus Roose
  • Patent number: 8950878
    Abstract: A vehicle door mirror is provided in which an upward facing support seat and a support shaft rising from the support seat are fixedly provided on a side door side of a vehicle, a click mechanism is provided between opposing faces of the support seat and a bearing part provided on a bracket and pivotably supported on the support shaft, a coil spring is provided between a spring receiving member fixed to the support shaft and a flat spring receiving face formed on the bearing part, and a lubricant reservoir is formed on the spring receiving face. The lubricant reservoir has at least a first groove that continues so that one end is disposed closer to the center of the support shaft than the other end. Thus, a lubricant is always stably supplied to an area of the coil spring that is in sliding contact with the spring receiving face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Kenji Kenmochi, Tomoyuki Kukita
  • Patent number: 8936372
    Abstract: A door mirror for a vehicle includes a foldable unit to be provided turnably on a stay mounted to a vehicle-body side and a mirror housing for housing the foldable unit therein. A stopper of the foldable unit is configured to regulate a turning operation of the foldable unit by abutting a stopper receiver of the stay. The mirror housing includes positioning portion which is a cut out on the peripheral edge of the unit-mounting hole which fits over the stopper to connect the foldable unit and the mirror housing to each other in a predetermined positional relationship. The foldable unit and the mirror housing are configured such that screwing a setscrew into a screw-fixing hole of the foldable unit through the screw-insertion hole of the mirror housing, in a state in which a position portion is fitted over the stopper, attaches the foldable unit to the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20150002952
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing, a first mirror, and a second mirror. The housing includes a plurality of sides and is configured to rotate about a first axis. The plurality of sides includes a first side and a second side. The first side has a first length extending in perpendicular relationship to the first axis. The second side has a second length extending in perpendicular relationship to the first axis. The first side is adjacent the second side such that a first angle is defined therebetween. The first length is greater than the second length. The first mirror is operatively attached to the first side and the second mirror is operatively attached to the second side. The first mirror presents a greater surface area than the second mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Brian V. Castillo
  • Patent number: 8919973
    Abstract: A mirror base cover for an exterior rear view mirror assembly of a motor vehicle is described, which is provided with an opening for a part on the mirror base side of an articulated connection of a base bracket, which is preferably housed in an exterior rear view mirror housing, to a mirror base, which is covered by the mirror base cover. The opening has a larger design than is necessary for the part on the mirror base side of the articulated connection. A section of the opening remaining between the edge of the opening and the part on the mirror base side of the articulated connection is closed by a mirror base cap assembly. The mirror base cap assembly consists of a mirror base cap, only partly covering the remaining section of the opening, and a seal, moulded onto the mirror base cap, overlapping a gap remaining between the mirror base cap and the edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Arne Schmierer, Raimund Negel, Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Publication number: 20140376119
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head pivotally mounted at a mounting base configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle. The mirror head includes a mirror casing and a reflective element adjustably disposed at the mirror casing. A powerfold actuator is operable to pivot the mirror head relative to the mounting base between at least a park detent position and a drive detent position. The mirror head is manually pivotable to a non-detent position other than the park detent position and the drive detent position. Responsive to the mirror head being at a non-detent position and responsive to a single actuation of a user input, the powerfold actuator is operable to pivot the mirror head to either the park detent position or the drive detent position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Kenneth C. Peterson, Darryl P. De Wind, Jake A. Mohan, Matthew V. Steffes, Eric S. Deuel
  • Publication number: 20140347755
    Abstract: A base member fixed to a vehicle, a housing with a rearview mirror, a motor component to rotate the rearview housing relative to the base, two sets of ramps independent of each other, capable of sliding on corresponding fixed ramps of the base element and first and second resilient elements. The ramps of the first and second sets have different inclinations and the resilient elements have different spring rates from one another, depending on whether the drive housing is manually or motor driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: FICO MIRRORS, S.A.
    Inventors: José MENDOZA VICIOSO, Daniel CRESPO FEBRERO
  • Patent number: 8894223
    Abstract: The present invention provides a base which can be used for both manually retractable vehicle door mirror in which a shaft is placed on a rotating side and electrically retractable vehicle door mirror in which a shaft is placed on a stationary side. A base includes a car body fixing section and rotation support section. The rotation support section is equipped with an upright shaft fastening surface on which a shaft of an electric drive mechanism of an electrically retractable door mirror is fastened upright. A center hole is formed in a central part of the upright shaft fastening surface to rotatably pass a shaft formed on a rotating side of a manually retractable door mirror. An annular wall housing groove is formed on an outer circumferential side of the upright shaft fastening surface to rotatably house an annular wall formed coaxially with the shaft on the rotating side of the manually retractable door mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Kota Iseki
  • Patent number: 8894224
    Abstract: An overhead console apparatus of a vehicle may include a housing provided in a front portion of an indoor ceiling of the vehicle and having a downwardly open accommodation portion formed therein, a glass case accommodated in the accommodation portion and rotatably coupled to the housing around a rotating shaft that may be formed on a front side surface thereof in a traverse direction of the vehicle, a conversation mirror accommodated in a rear portion of the glass case in the accommodation portion, and a switch slidably provided on a side of the glass case to selectively couple the glass case and the conversation mirror, wherein when the switch moves in a first direction, the conversation mirror may be integrally coupled to the glass case, and when the switch moves in a second direction, the conversation mirror may be separated from the glass case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Bae Park, June Soo Park
  • Publication number: 20140327979
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead, The assembly includes a mirror element and a main support arm having a first end and a second end. The mirror element is connected to the first end of the main support arm. The second end of the main support arm is mountable to the vehicle. A pair of brackets are configured to conform to an engine bay side wall of the vehicle. Each bracket has a center portion and two laterally extending flanges that extend at an angle from the center portion in opposite directions. One of the flanges of each bracket is connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle in the engine bay. A first additional support arm has a first end connected to a first one of the brackets and a second end connected to the main support arm. A second additional support arm has a first end connected to the main support arm and a second end connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Rosco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 8876305
    Abstract: The rear-view mirror comprises a mirror housing, in which a mirror glass is disposed. It is surrounded by a rim portion, wherein at least a part of the rim portion is configured moveable relative to the mirror housing. Said part can be configured elastically resilient, linked with the mirror housing, or it can be provided detachable. When the mirror housing touches its installed elements during an evasive movement, the corresponding part of the rim portion can move, whereby an additional travel distance for the mirror housing is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Dirk Mueller
  • Patent number: 8870397
    Abstract: A seal of a part of an exterior rear view mirror assembly relative to a body part of a motor vehicle is described, which seal is provided for covering at least one section of a surface of a mirror base and/or a mirror base cover, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side. The seal is securely connected to the mirror base and/or mirror base cover by means of at least one connecting link. The at least one connecting link forms a hinge-like articulated connection. The hinge-like articulated connection includes at least one hinge joint axis running adjacently to the at least one surface, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side. The seal can preferably be folded about the at least one hinge-joint axis onto the section, which is at least to be covered, of the at least one surface, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Patent number: 8864094
    Abstract: A mirror mount that mounts a mirror to a fender of a vehicle includes a base member having a first end generally vertical when the base member is affixed to a fender and arranged to receive a fastener passing through the first end, through the fender, and into the base member so as to fasten the base member to the fender, a second end, a side portion extending between the first end and the second end and having a contour that follows an exterior profile of the fender, and a reinforcement reinforcing the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Velvac, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Roberts, Jeffery R. Porter
  • Patent number: 8864323
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes a reflective surface disposed within a housing, and an actuator in operative communication with at least a portion of the housing, wherein the actuator and/or housing comprises an active material element configured to cause or selectively enable the housing and surface to be manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson, William C. Bisnack, Kenneth A. Lucas, Charles R. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8845112
    Abstract: The present invention has: a first worm gear 29 that is rotatably borne on a gear case 11 and a bearing member 16, the first worm gear being coupled to an output shaft 24 of a motor 13; and a helical gear that is geared with the first worn gear 29. In the gear case 11 and the first worm gear 16, an engagement recessed portion 42 and an engagement protrusive portion 43 configured to engage with each other are provided. At the engagement protrusive portion 43 of the bearing member 16, a first press-in fixing protrusive portion 44 configured to be pressed-in and fixed to an engagement recessed portion 42 of the gear case 11 is provided. As a result, according to the present invention, a rotational center O1 of the first worm gear 29 is positioned at the normal rotational center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakata
  • Publication number: 20140268378
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The mirror assembly may generally include a mirror housing configured to support a mirror. The mirror housing may define an airfoil shape have a first side surface and a second side surface extending between a forward edge and an aft edge. In addition, the mirror housing may be movable between a first position, wherein the mirror housing is aerodynamically aligned with an airflow flowing past the vehicle, and a second position, wherein the mirror reflects a rearwardly extending side-view of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Lorenzo Henderson, Stephen Alfred Wulff
  • Patent number: 8827466
    Abstract: An exterior rear view mirror housing, which consists of at least a first housing part and a second housing part, and which comprises an opening on its rear side for a mirror glass, whereby the second housing part contains the walls surrounding the opening. The first housing part and at least one of the walls of the second housing part surrounding the opening comprise inner surfaces which face each other oppositely. On at least one of the inner surfaces which face each other oppositely, at least one ridge is arranged, which runs parallel to the rear side and extends from the one inner surface up to a remaining clearance to the opposing inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Arne Schmierer, Raimund Negel, Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Patent number: 8827517
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having a mounting structure configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle. A housing is operably connected with the mounting structure and a rearward viewing device is supported by one of the housing and the mounting structure. The rearward viewing device provides a rearward view to a vehicle driver and includes a front substrate and a rear substrate. The entire front surface of the front substrate is exposed and the entire rear substrate is positioned behind the front substrate. A concealing layer is disposed about a periphery of the rearward viewing device between the front substrate and the rear substrate. A partially optically transparent bezel is disposed adjacent to both the rearward viewing device and the housing, the optically transparent bezel having an edge radius greater than 2.5 mm and the optically transparent bezel being substantially flush with the front surface of the front substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark R. Roth, William L. Tonar, Jeremy A. Fogg, Michael F. Lisowski, Peter N. Rizk