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A mirror arrangement of a vehicle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019824D
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

It is difficult to drive a vehicle from a road out to a crossing road when the view is blocked on the sides of the vehicle. The driver has here, in order to have a clear view of the crossing road, to drive the vehicle to a position in which a front part of the vehicle protrudes into the crossing road. This is many times a hazardous manoeuvre. The above mentioned problem is solved by a mirror arrangement according to the invention. Such a mirror arrangement is mounted on at least one side of the vehicle and is in the most cases used as a conventional rear view mirror. However, the mirror arrangement has the additional function that the mirror is moveable to a position in front of the vehicle. In this front position, the mirror is turned to a turning position in which the driver obtains a clear mirror image of a crossing road. Preferably, the vehicle has such mirror arrangements mounted on both sides of the vehicle. Thereby, it is possible to obtain clear mirror images of the crossing road in the both directions.

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A mirror arrangement of a vehicle

It is difficult to drive a vehicle from a road out to a crossing road when the view is blocked on the sides of the vehicle. The driver has here, in order to have a clear view of the crossing road, to drive the vehicle to a position in which a front part of the vehicle protrudes into the crossing road. This is many times a hazardous manoeuvre.

 

The above mentioned problem is solved by a mirror arrangement according to the invention. Such a mirror arrangement is mounted on at least one side of the vehicle and is in the most cases used as a conventional rear view mirror, which provides a mirror image of the road behind the vehicle to the driver. However, this mirror arrangement has the additional function that the mirror is moveable to a position in front of the vehicle. In this front position, the mirror is turned to a turning position such that the driver obtains a clear mirror image of a crossing road. Preferably, the vehicle has such mirror arrangements mounted on both sides of the vehicle. Thereby, it is possible to obtain clear mirror images of the crossing road in the both directions.

Fig.1 shows an embodiment of the invention. A driver 1 is schematically disclosed in a driver’s cab 2 of a vehicle. A first mirror 3ais mounted on the left side of the vehicle and a second mirror 3b is mounted on the right side of the vehicle. The mirrors 3a, b are each pivotally mounted by a first hinge 4a, b at an outer end of a holding members 5a, b. The holding members 5a, b are each mounted by a second hinge 6a, b at an inner end to a surface of the vehicle. Push buttons 7a1, a2, b1, b2, or any other kind of operating members are mounted in the driver’s cab 2. When the driver 1 operates the push button 7a1 the left mirror is turned around the first hinge 4a. When the driver 1 operates the push button 7a2 the left holding member 5a is turned around the second hinge 6a. When the driver 1 operates the push button 7b1 the right mirror is turned around the first hinge 4b and when the driver 1 operates the push button 7b2 the right holding member 5b is turned around the second hinge 6b....