Gentex showcases new dimmable glass, security and digital vision systems at CES

Jan 10, 2019   Technology

At CES 2019, Gentex Corporation demonstrated the latest in dimmable glass systems, connected car features and digital vision technologies ready for automaker implementation.

Gentex is a long-time supplier of electro-optical products for the global automotive industry. It supplies nearly every major automaker with connected-car technologies and advanced electronic features that optimise driver vision and enhance driving safety. 

 

“As our capabilities continue to expand, our focus is to develop scalable technology paths through automotive features that are ready for immediate automaker implementation, yet are based on technology platforms that can grow, advance and adapt, especially as new mobility models and the autonomous age emerge,” said Gentex President & CEO Steve Downing. 

 

Gentex is one of the world’s leading supplier of dimmable devices, shipping over 40 million units annually. The company’s current product portfolio consists of glare-eliminating interior and exterior rearview mirrors.

 

This year at CES, Gentex demonstrated large-area dimmable devices for in-vehicle lighting, sunload, and privacy control. The Company’s booth featured multiple vehicles equipped with fully functioning dimmable sunroofs, which can darken on demand or in conjunction with system intelligence. Gentex also demonstrated dimmable head-up displays, privacy panels, sun visors, and sensor shrouds.

 

As the autonomous age emerges, dimmable glass will play a greater role in providing passenger privacy. Toward this end, Gentex provided dimmable privacy panels for microSNAP, the latest autonomous concept vehicle from car design powerhouse, Rinspeed, which also debuts at CES.

 

To enhance the security of connected car features, Gentex demonstrated an in-vehicle biometrics system that authenticates the driver with an iris scan to deliver customised security, comfort and convenience features. The system consists of a mirror-integrated display, near-infrared emitters, an iris-scanning camera, and system-level intelligence.

 

Upon entering the vehicle, a glance to the mirror by an authorised user would allow the vehicle to operate, personalise the cabin (adjust seat position, HVAC controls, music favorites, etc.) and sanction safe, secure access to a host of cloud-based, connected-vehicle services, like home automation control, tolling, and in-vehicle payments.

 

Gentex’s CES booth also showcased the company’s next-generation Full Display Mirror (FDM), an intelligent rear-vision system that uses a custom camera and mirror-integrated video display to optimise a vehicle’s rearward view. The system captures video from a rearward-facing camera and streams it to a unique mirror-integrated LCD that provides the driver with an unobstructed, panoramic view behind the vehicle.

 

The mirror offers bi-modal functionality. In mirror mode, the product functions as a standard rearview mirror, but with the flip of a lever, the mirror enters display mode, and a clear, bright, LCD display appears through the mirror’s reflective surface, providing a wide, unobstructed rearward view.

 

The Gentex FDM is also central to the Company’s camera monitoring system (CMS), which uses three cameras to provide comprehensive views of the sides and rear of the vehicle. The side-view cameras are discretely housed in reduced-sized, exterior mirrors. Their video feeds are combined with that of a roof-mounted camera and stitched together into multiple composite views that are streamed to the driver in the Full Display Mirror.

 

“When it comes to automotive rear and side vision, our goal is to help the auto industry transition from analog to digital technology,” said Downing. “We have solutions ready for immediate OEM adoption, and future solutions in development with customers. Moving forward, digital vision solutions will play a critical role in driver information delivery as the industry moves thorough the stages of autonomous driving.”

 

All of Gentex’s CES technology will be integrated into hands-on product displays, functional vehicles, and an all-new Gentex-designed vehicle simulator that allows customers to experience all the Company’s technology – and better understand how it interacts together – in a vehicle-like setting. Customers will be able to experience various driving scenarios that showcase in-vehicle biometrics, dimmable glass, and more.

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