FR2495073A1 - Mirror for motor vehicles or for comparable applications - Google Patents

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FR2495073A1
FR2495073A1 FR8122596A FR8122596A FR2495073A1 FR 2495073 A1 FR2495073 A1 FR 2495073A1 FR 8122596 A FR8122596 A FR 8122596A FR 8122596 A FR8122596 A FR 8122596A FR 2495073 A1 FR2495073 A1 FR 2495073A1
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R1/00Optical viewing arrangements
    • B60R1/02Rear-view mirror arrangements
    • B60R1/08Rear-view mirror arrangements involving special optical features, e.g. avoiding blind spots, e.g. convex mirrors; Side-by-side associations of rear-view and other mirrors
    • B60R1/081Rear-view mirror arrangements involving special optical features, e.g. avoiding blind spots, e.g. convex mirrors; Side-by-side associations of rear-view and other mirrors avoiding blind spots, e.g. by using a side-by-side association of mirrors
    • B60R1/082Rear-view mirror arrangements involving special optical features, e.g. avoiding blind spots, e.g. convex mirrors; Side-by-side associations of rear-view and other mirrors avoiding blind spots, e.g. by using a side-by-side association of mirrors using a single wide field mirror or an association of rigidly connected mirrors

Abstract

<P> The rear view mirror for motor vehicles or comparable applications is intended to provide a more comprehensive image than that provided by traditional mirrors. This mirror, indicated generally in 20 and fixed by a support 14, comprises a mirror 13 composed of at least a first reflecting surface 13a and a second reflective surface 13b contiguous to the first by making with it a certain angle. <BR/> (CF DRAWING IN BOPI) <BR/> <BR/> </ P>

Description

I

  Well-known mirrors installed outside

  motor vehicles or comparably, for example on the wings or the front sides of automobiles, have a single plane mirror surface. With such a unique flat surface structure of the conventional rear view mirror, the driver's field of vision on his seat is limited to a range from the rear end of the vehicle body to a lateral position a little away from the body. . Any object existing on the side or laterally to the rear of the bodywork shall not enter the driver's field of vision through the

  rearview mirror of known type. When, for example, a conductor

  driver is about to move from one track to another by driving a car on a fast track, if another car traveling on that track is closer to the first vehicle without the driver of the vehicle being aware of it. it can result in a disastrous accident. In fact, we read and see almost every day

  such accidents in newspapers and television broadcasts

  referred. In addition, the traditional rearview mirror used on a motor vehicle such as a tractor trailer provides the view of the rear of the tractor but not that of the rear of the trailer when the tractor describes a curve or bypasses an angle. The range from the rear end of the tractor to the rear end of the trailer can not be covered by the driver's field of vision through the conventional rear view mirror. If a person or a cycle is standing on this curve or angle when a large motor vehicle is spinning, this person or cycle may be caught under the vehicle frame due to the relatively large distance between the front wheels. and the rear wheels. This is a serious

  problem for traffic safety.

  This is why the present invention aims to provide a rear view mirror for motor vehicles and for comparable applications that provides a wider field

of vision.

  The present invention provides a rear view mirror for motor vehicles and similar applications, comprising

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  a mirror body and an elder for supporting said mirror body on the body of the motor vehicle, the face of said mirror body having a first reflective surface on which is practically reflected the side of the vehicle body and its environment when said rearview mirror is installed outside the body of the motor vehicle and a second reflective surface which joins the edge of the first reflective surface obliquely or curved with respect to the first reflecting surface so as to cover a significant extent which can not be covered by said first reflecting surface and extending further outwardly from the area covered by the

first reflective surface.

  The present invention also provides a rearview mirror comprising a mirror body and a means for supporting said mirror body on the body of a vehicle, the face

  said mirror body comprising a first reflective surface

  to cover a significant range including over-

  side of the vehicle body, a second surface area

  bending which joins the edge of said first reflecting surface and which is oblique or curved with respect to the first reflecting surface so as to cover a

  extent that can not be covered by the first surface

  it is reflective and extends more outwardly from the first surface and a third reflective surface that joins the edges of said first and second reflective surfaces and is oblique or curved with respect to the first surface so as to cover a significant extent including the view of the part which is below the side surface of the vehicle and which can not

  not be covered by the first reflective surface.

  Examples of embodiments of the invention will now be described in greater detail with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which: FIGS. 1 to 3 show an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 1 being a front view. FIG. 2 is a side elevational view showing in section the central parts of the housing and the mirror, and FIG. 3 being a section taken along line III - III of FIG. 1;

  Figures 4 to 7 show a second form of execution.

  4 is a front view, FIG. 5 being a side elevational view showing in section the central parts of the housing and the mirror, FIG. 6 being a section taken along the line VI-VI. of Figure 4 showing only the mirror and Figure 7 showing the role of the present invention; and Figure 8 represents the field of view offered

  by the rearview mirror according to the invention.

  Referring now to Figures 1 to 3, there is shown a first embodiment of the mirror according to the present invention. In these figures, it has been indicated

  in 11 a mirror housing having an opening 12.

  A mirror 13 is disposed in said opening 12 of the housing 11. The mirror 13 is attached to a suitable carrier member which is supported on the housing 11 by a universal joint (not shown). An amount 14 is integral with the housing 11 being fixed by one of its parts (not shown) to

  the bodywork of a motor vehicle.

  The mirror 13 comprises a transparent plate on

  one side of which is formed a reflective layer.

  The mirror 13 includes a first reflective surface 13a and a second reflective surface 13b which makes an angle e with the first reflective surface 13a. The first reflecting surface 13a is mirror-shaped

  plane, as shown in Figure 5.

  The second reflective surface 13b is contiguous with the first reflecting surface 13a and formed in

  convex mirror with a suitable radius of curvature.

  This mirror example is intended to be installed on the front fender of a car at a distance, for example 1 meter, from the windshield 21, as shown in FIG. 8. In the drawing, the rearview mirror is

  indicated as a whole by reference number 20.

  Before driving the car, it is necessary to rotate the mirror by hand around the universal joint so that its first reflective surface reflects the side of the car body and its environment (eg an area bounded by the line A line

  interrupted and the lateral face of the vehicle body

  as in the case of a traditional rear view mirror. The angle C- of the second reflecting surface 13b with respect to the first reflecting surface 13a is chosen so that the second reflective surface 13b can offer the driver (sitting in the seat on the right in the case of the drawing) a field of vision. bounded by line A

and by the line B in dashed line.

  The first reflecting surface 13a of this retro-

  The viewfinder makes it possible to visually monitor the extent including the side face of the car body as in the case of traditional mirrors. According to the present invention, the second reflective surface 13b further allows the driver to visually monitor the side and rear side indicated respectively at C and D. In addition, the driver of a car traveling on a

  priority route can, thanks to the mirror according to the invention

  find a car approaching

  the road to priority. Thus, the driver can see, from his position on his seat, a

  could not be covered by traditional mirrors.

  tional. The present invention is very advantageous for the

  traffic safety. As the first reflective surface

  13a and the second 13b are contiguous to each other, the assembly of the images given by these two surfaces is clear to the driver who will appreciate and act quickly and correctly if imminent danger occurs.

  Figures 4 to 7 show a second form of

  of the present invention. In the first embodiment just described above, a complementary reflective surface is formed contiguous to the lateral edge of the first reflective surface to allow the driver to see an extent that could not be covered by the traditional rearview mirror. In the

  second embodiment, however, two reflecting surfaces

  complementary schemes are formed to be respecti-

  contiguous to the side edge and the bottom edge of a mirror 13 to cover respectively

  can not. seen by the traditional rear-view mirrors

  tional. In the figures, the elements similar to those of the first embodiment are indicated by the same reference numerals and the same symbols. As we have

  shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, the two reflecting surfaces

  The additional requirements mentioned above are

  Means convex mirrors contiguous to the first reflective surface 13a and are indicated at 13b and 13c. The second reflective surface 13b is formed to allow the driver to see an extent including the area on the side of the vehicle carrying the mirror and the laterally backward area, these extents being limited by the dashed line of the

  Figure 8 as in the case of the first embodiment.

  The third reflective surface 13c is curved with respect to the first reflective surface 13a so as to provide a view of the lower lateral extent contiguous to the view provided by the first reflective surface 13a when the rearview mirror is installed on the vehicle body. The angle of inclination and the radius of curvature of the third reflecting surface 13c are chosen such that an extent from the rear tire (indicated

  E) at the back of the door (indicated in F) as a

  Figure 7 may be covered.

  With this embodiment of the present invention,

  However, the provision of two reflective surfaces adjacent to the first reflective surface 13a to cover areas that can not be covered by conventional mirrors greatly reduces the extent that can not be seen when driving a vehicle.

  or a comparable machine; it is obvious to the specialists

  lists that a mirror can be provided contiguously with a convex mirror to monitor a range that is not visible to the driver with any conventional rearview mirror. In the foregoing discussion, examples of mirrors for use on passenger cars have been described; however it is possible to apply the invention to larger vehicles and in general to all other motor vehicles. In the case where the present invention is applied to a vehicle of large size, it will appear

  specialists who can avoid an accident such as

  by the lower part of the vehicle of a person or a cycle standing at an angle when the vehicle bypasses this angle, such an accident may occur because the distance between the front wheels and the rear wheels is

relatively large.

  As described above, the mirror according to the present invention comprises a mirror and means for supporting said mirror on the body of a vehicle, said mirror consisting of at least a first reflective surface for viewing an extent notable including the

  side of the vehicle body and its surroundings

  and a second reflective surface formed to be contiguous with the first surface and curved in a manner

  an extent outside that covered by the first

  reflective surface can be seen in contiguity with

  the image provided by the first reflective surface.

  Thus, the driver can see from his seat an extension

  that could not be seen with the traditional rear-view mirror

  nel. Since the first and second reflective surfaces are formed contiguously to each other, the images of these reflective surfaces are also contiguous to one another so that the driver can easily

  associate the image given by the first reflective surface

  health to that of an extent that can not be seen by the

  traditional rearview mirror. It can act quickly and correctly

  when an imminent danger occurs. Thanks to

  Between the first reflective surface and the second, if the reflecting surface to see the extent that is invisible by the rear view mirror is narrow or if the image is a little distorted, the driver can make a correct assessment. Moreover, since a single mirror makes it possible to obtain the effects mentioned above, the rearview mirror according to the present invention is

  of a simple construction and can be manufactured easily.

  The present invention is obviously not limited

  only to the described forms of execution and it may be

  sager various add-ons and modifications without departing

  of the scope of the invention defined by the claims

attached. -

Claims (5)

    CLAIMS.
  1.   A rearview mirror for motor vehicles and for comparable applications, comprising a mirror body and means for supporting said mirror body on the bodywork of a motor vehicle, characterized in that the face of said mirror body comprises a first reflecting surface which substantially reflects the side of the vehicle body and its environment when said mirror is installed outside the vehicle body and a second reflective surface that joins the edge of said first reflective surface and
      which is oblique with respect to this first reflective surface
      in order to cover practically an area
      can not be covered by said first reflective surface
      tingling and extending further outwards from
      of the area covered by the first reflecting surface.
  2.   2. Mirror according to claim 1, wherein said second reflecting surface is mirror-shaped
      convex adjacent to the first reflective surface.
  3.   A rearview mirror according to claim 1, further characterized by a third reflecting surface which is contiguous with said first reflecting surface and
      formed in relation thereto so that, when said retro-
      viewfinder is installed on the bodywork of a vehicle, it may offer an image contiguous to that given by the first reflecting surface on the bottom side of the vehicle.
    body of the carrier vehicle.
  4.   The mirror according to claim 3, wherein said third reflective surface is formed
      convex mirror with said second reflective surface
    health.
  5.   5. Mirror according to any one of the
      1 to 4, wherein said first reflective surface
      Pitting is formed in plane mirror.
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