Gentex Corporation said it is supplying its SmartBeam high-beam assist feature to BMW for the 2007 model year 3 series and supplying its auto-dimming mirrors for the 2007 Mitsubishi Galant and Audi TT Coupe.
SmartBeam uses a miniature camera-on-a-chip combined with algorithmic decision making to automatically turn a vehicle's high beams on and off according to surrounding traffic conditions. The system is designed to maximize a vehicle's forward lighting and eliminate the need to turn high beams on and off. Gentex also supplies the technology for BMW 5, 6 and 7 series vehicles.
Gentex auto-dimming mirrors automatically darken to reduce glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. The brighter the glare, the darker the mirrors become, making nighttime driving safer.
The 2007 Galant sedan offers a Gentex automatic-dimming mirror with a fully integrated Johnson Controls' HomeLink Wireless Control System. Buttons on the face of the mirror can be programmed to operate garage doors, estate gates, security systems, home lighting, and other radio-frequency-controlled devices. The Audi TT Coupe sports an optional three-mirror automatic dimming system with a compass display and driver- and passenger-side exterior auto-dimming mirrors.