Not that much ago, the rearview mirror offered little more than an obstructed view of the rear of your car with a lot of glare thrown in at night. What's coming, though, wants to make it one of the most powerful screens in your world.
Gentex is the largest supplier of automotive mirrors so it has an outsized role in their future. A blind-spot threat and automatically shows a video of it in part of the mirror. Video is not entirely new – the Cadillac CT6so from Gentex, a couple of years ago ̵
Until I get on the road with this tech, I can only say that it's static, but it seems like a faster, more cohesive way of knowing where you can not see.
A recent AAA Foundation survey found that 30 percent of drivers now rely on blind-spot monitoring tech when they make all or many of their lane changes. What's disturbing that today's blind-spot tech? It usually just spotted LEDs and disembodied beeps. A recent study of the effects of blind-spot monitoring has been found to reduce lane-change crashes.  vlcsnap-2019-02-05-07h40m37s191 "height =" 0 "width =" 970 "data-original =" https://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/img/v0-6SKsWa0QfPbBkhq6-PeR978k=/970×0/2019/02 /05/1c1606d6-067e-4376-bd33-c68e7b8f7c9e/vlcsnap-2019-02-05-07h40m37s191.png"/>
The idea of separate mirrors to see behind A car from the driver's seat is rather antiquated.
The same tech that makes blind-spot detection better and thus creates a "hybrid view" mirror that stitches the rear and side cameras together. Otherwise, it could actually make a driver's worse. Gentex seems to have done an elegant job in his prototype, making the back of a car seagull invisible while eschewing the distorted, unnatural view of an associate with a backup camera.
If you're wondering what happens in a video mirror blows a fuse or does what all electronics sometimes do – by default – Gentex envisions all future video mirrors wants to retain traditional reflective glass as well. And that still requires that, anyway.
The company also wants to be a piece of the rapidly growing identification market for cars. Apple's FaceID, but in a car it's part of anticipating needs like temperature, entertainment and next destination based on who's in the driver's seat. Can you do this via smartphone detection? Perhaps, but there are some reasons why the difference between potential and potential. While they may sound intrusive now, they could evolve into a car more valuable.
Finally, Gentex sees that for its HomeLink wireless garage door tech, you probably already have in your current car. Gentex has its work cut out for it. It does not deserve to be called smart home tech as well as a new version here against platforms including Amazon, Google and Apple, which already have deep roots in the smart home and let you use your phone as the in-car hardware.