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1. WO2018126164 - VEHICULAR OUTSIDE REARVIEW ASSEMBLY

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What is claimed is:

1. A rearview assembly comprising:

a housing having a front defining an opening;

an external band extending laterally about a rear of the housing;

a turn signal defined in the external band;

an electro-optic device including:

a front substrate defining a first surface and a second surface; a rear substrate defining a third surface and a fourth surface; an electro-optic medium disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate; and

a peripheral seal containing the electro-optic medium between the front substrate and the rear substrate;

an imager adjacent the electro-optic device; and

a viewing window disposed on an outboard corner of the electro-optic device, wherein the imager is in optical communication with the viewing window.

2. The rearview assembly of claim 1, wherein the rear substrate defines a recess at the viewing window, and wherein the imager receives image data through the front substrate.

3. The rearview assembly of claim 2, wherein the peripheral seal follows at least a portion of a perimeter of the recess.

4. The rearview assembly of any of claims 1-3, further comprising:

a graphic disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate.

5. The rearview assembly of claim 4, wherein the graphic includes indicia that communicates information to a driver and which is disposed above the imager.

6. The rearview assembly of either of claims 4 or 5, wherein the graphic extends about a periphery of the viewing window.

7. The rearview assembly of any of claims 1-6, wherein the front substrate is at least partially reflective at the viewing window, to at least partially conceal the imager.

8. The rearview assembly of any of claims 1-7, wherein the imager includes a field of view that covers a blind spot zone of a vehicle.

9. A rearview assembly comprising:

a housing having a front defining an opening;

an external band extending laterally about a rear of the housing;

a turn signal defined in the external band;

an electro-optic device disposed within the housing, the electro-optic device operable between a darkened state and a clear state;

an imager adjacent the electro-optic device; and

a viewing window disposed on an outboard corner of the electro-optic device, wherein the imager is in optical communication with the viewing window.

10. The rearview assembly of claim 9, further comprising:

a graphic disposed between a front substrate and a rear substrate of the electro-optic device.

11. The rearview assembly of claim 10, wherein the graphic includes indicia that communicates information to a driver and which is disposed above the imager.

12. The rearview assembly of either of claims 10 or 11, wherein the graphic extends about a periphery of the viewing window.

13. The rearview assembly of any of claims 10-12, wherein the front substrate is at least partially reflective at the viewing window, to at least partially conceal the imager.

14. The rearview assembly of any of claims 9-13, wherein the imager includes a field of view that covers a blind spot zone of a vehicle.

15. An external rearview assembly for a vehicle comprising:

a housing;

an external band extending laterally about a rear of the housing;

an electro-optic device disposed within the housing, the electro-optic device including a front substrate and a rear substrate wherein the rear substrate defines a recess;

an imager adjacent the electro-optic device; and

a viewing window disposed on an outboard corner of the electro-optic device, wherein the viewing window extends through the front substrate proximate the recess of the rear substrate, and wherein the imager is in optical communication with the viewing window.

16. The external rearview assembly of claim 15, further comprising:

a turn signal defined in the external band.

17. The external rearview assembly of claim 16, wherein the turn signal includes a plurality of linearly aligned light emitting diodes.

18. The external rearview assembly of any of claims 15-17, wherein the imager includes a field of view that covers a blind spot zone of a vehicle.

19. The external rearview assembly of any of claims 15-18, wherein a graphic includes indicia that communicates information to a driver and which is disposed above the imager.

20. The external rearview assembly of any of claims 15-19, wherein the front substrate is at least partially reflective at the viewing window, to at least partially conceal the imager.