2021 Is Here and So Is the Smart Mirror Making Dash Cams Obsolete

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This year’s CES has brought us a bunch of pretty big announcements, all in a digital format because of obvious reasons. Gentex joined the fun with its very own innovations, including a Full Display Mirror, or FDM.
In essence, it’s a new-gen smart mirror integrating a custom camera to keep an eye on the road, but FDM sports a large display and a pack of other capabilities, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a mobile companion app that makes it possible to view recordings without even touching the device.

Like other similar products on the market, FDM doubles as a mirror-integrated digital video recorder to capture road scenes, accidents, vandalism, or traffic events and is completely scalable, offering options to record from forward, rearward, or using interior-facing cameras.

Gentex says the device has already been installed by two new automakers last year on their models, which brings the total count to eight companies now fitting the smart mirror on their cars on over 50 lineups sold across the world. And the company promises it won’t just stop here.

Gentex launched its first DVR-integrated FDM mirror in mid-2020 on a crossover vehicle in the Japan market. Additional programs are currently in development, and Gentex plans to introduce new features and functionality as the product gains popularity,” it said in a press announcement at CES.

The whole purpose of the Full Display Mirror isn’t only to provide customers with latest-generation technology and keep an eye on the road both when the car is in motion and when parked; it also helps replace the traditional dash cams that can sometimes reduce visibility quite substantially.

The good news is more and more carmakers are reportedly interested in such systems for their new models, so it shouldn’t take too long before smart mirrors become more widely adopted all over the world.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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