Gentex is a technology company and long-time supplier of electro-optical products for the global automotive, aerospace and fire protection industries. We supply nearly every major automaker with connected-car technologies and advanced electronic features that optimize driver vision and enhance driving safety.
We’re best known for inventing the automatic-dimming rearview mirror, an active safety feature that combines sensors, chemistry, and algorithmic decision-making to detect and eliminate dangerous rearview mirror glare. Today, we ship nearly 40 million dimmable devices annually; however, our innovation doesn’t stop here.
Since our inception, Gentex has managed the evolution of automotive rear vision. We use the rearview mirror (and surrounding windscreen) as a strategic electronic module – a delivery mechanism that helps automakers deliver sophisticated, revenue-producing electronic features to the car.
Our smart mirrors can automatically eliminate headlight glare, adjust your thermostat, pay your tolls, record video in case of an accident, scan your iris, monitor driver alertness, and much more. If fact, over the years, we’ve integrated over 100 different features in and around the mirror, including cameras, microphones, displays, telematics components, alerts, transaction modules, car-to-home automation systems, security components, ADAS features, and interior lighting.
Gentex is also advancing several of its core competencies, including dimmable glass and in-cabin sensing. We’re currently working on large-area dimmable devices that will one day allow us to envelop a vehicle with dimmable smart glass, providing passengers with unprecedented views and on-demand privacy.
We’re also introducing in-cabin monitoring systems for keeping passengers safe and comfortable. Our systems monitor the driver’s head pose, eye gaze, and other vision-based metrics to determine driver distraction, drowsiness, and readiness for return of manual control in semi-autonomous vehicles. It can also track passengers and their behavior, as well as objects and other environmental factors.