US Patent No. 10,189,409

VEHICLE INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ACTUATOR


Patent No. 10,189,409
Issue Date January 29, 2019
Title Vehicle Interior Rearview Mirror Assembly With Actuator
Inventorship Jake A. Mohan, Grand Rapids, MI (US)
Assignee MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC., Holland, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,189,409

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mounting structure configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;
wherein the interior portion of the vehicle is at an interior surface of a windshield of the vehicle;
a housing;
a frameless reflective element disposed at said housing;
wherein, with said mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing and the frameless reflective element are tandemly and pivotally adjustable about said mounting structure via a single ball joint to provide a desired rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle;
wherein said single ball joint allows for manual adjustment of said housing and the frameless reflective element in tandem about said mounting structure;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the vehicle when said mounting structure is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle;
a motorized actuator operable responsive to actuation of said user input;
wherein said motorized actuator is operable to tilt the frameless reflective element and said housing in tandem about a horizontal axis; and
wherein, responsive to actuation of said motorized actuator responsive to said user input, said motorized actuator tandemly tilts the frameless reflective element and said housing about the horizontal axis to orientate an outermost front surface of the frameless reflective element more towards the driver or more away from the driver.