Patent Number: 6,966,663

Title: Automotive instrument

Abstract: An automotive instrument includes a light transmission controller and a mode selecting switch. The controller controls light transmission of a light-controllable film according to a selected position of the mode selecting switch. The mode selecting switch has three positions: two manual mode positions and an automatic mode position. The manual mode positions are provided for adjusting the light transmission to a fixed level. The automatic mode position is provided for controlling the light transmission so that a dial plate maintains a predetermined level of visibility. The dial plate can be switched between different appearances. This switching can be performed during the vehicle is in operation based on the driver's preference.

Inventors: Wada; Toshiki (Kariya, JP), Muramatsu; Takaaki (Kariya, JP), Kumazawa; Katsuhiro (Anjo, JP)

Assignee: Denso Corporation

International Classification: G01D 11/28 (20060101); G01D 011/28 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018