SmartBeam uses a miniature camera-on-a-chip integrated into a Gentex auto-dimming mirror combined with algorithmic decision-making to automatically operate a vehicle’s high beams in order to optimize their usage according to surrounding traffic conditions. Next-generation SmartBeam products will produce continuously variable low-beam patterns and control “constant ON” high beam systems for advanced headlamp hardware currently being applied to new vehicle applications. Space is optimized in the Gentex SmartBeam system with the camera and the control electronics as part of the mirror.
SmartBeam DFL (Dynamic Forward Lighting), consists of a custom CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor combined with algorithmic decision-making to offer constant "on" glare-free high beams. Specifically, the system detects the presence of other headlamps and taillamps and generates dynamic "block-out" zones around vehicles that it is either trailing or moving toward. Special headlamps equipped with shutters block portions of the high beams to prevent blinding surrounding traffic while continuously optimizing forward lighting.
As demand for additional camera-based features grows, Gentex is enhancing its capability to apply additional features to the mirror. Driver Assist systems that offer features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, and pedestrian detection also use a miniature camera-on-a-chip integrated into a Gentex auto-dimming mirror combined with algorithmic decision-making. Gentex is in development of Driver Assist systems in conjunction with Mobileye®, the global pioneer in the development of vision-based driver-assistance systems. Space is optimized in the Gentex Driver Assist system with the camera and the control electronics as part of the mirror.
Gentex is an experienced leader in integrating custom sensors into the windscreen. We collaborate with our customers to design the best solution for their cluster, which may include multi-purpose cameras, velocity sensors, rain sensors, humidity sensors, and more. Our experience with regulatory requirements, supply base, and sensor synergy allow our customers to be quick to market with their solution.