Patent Number: 7,821,697

Title: Exterior reflective mirror element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly

Abstract: An exterior reflective mirror element suitable for a vehicle includes a transparent glass substrate having a reflector and a visual indicator display disposed to the rear of the substrate. The visual indicator display may be part of a blind spot detection and display system of the vehicle wherein the visual indicator display is actuated to emit light responsive to a detection by a blind spot detection detector of the equipped vehicle of an overtaking vehicle in a side lane adjacent the side of the equipped vehicle. The visual indicator display includes at least a first indicator at a first location to the rear of the exterior reflective mirror element. A first portion of the reflector may be at least partially removed at the first location in order to establish an at least partially transmissive first portion of the exterior reflective mirror element at the first location.

Inventors: Varaprasad; Desaraju V. (Holland, MI), Zhao; Mingtang (Grand Rapids, MI), Dornan; Craig A. (Grand Haven, MI), Agrawal; Anoop (Tucson, AZ), Allemand; Pierr-Marc (Tucson, AZ), Lynam; Niall R. (Holland, MI)

Assignee: Donnelly Corporation

International Classification: G02F 1/153 (20060101); G02B 7/182 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00