Gentex Mirror with Rear View Camera Receives Positive Reviews

Zealand based company Gentex has announced that its interior auto-dimming rearview mirror with Rear Camera Display (RCD), installed on the Daihatsu Mira Cocoa has been named as one of the top-six new technologies at the 2010 Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).

Gentex is the automotive industry's biggest producer of automatic dimming rearview mirrors and video recording active safety systems.

Besides its normal electrochromic function, the Gentex RCD mirror assists drivers whenever backing up maneuvers are necessary. When the reverse gear is selected an LCD display appears through the mirror’s reflective surface and offers the driver the possibility to see behind the vehicle. The display automatically disappears when the reverse gear is no longer selected.

The product was introduced in Japan’s technology flooded market in early 2009, being installed on the Daihatsu Mira Cocoa, a small car, aimed at young female drivers.

"The Mira Cocoa was our first program with Daihatsu, so the fact that Japan's Automotive RJC recognises our RCD mirror's contributions to driver safety, comfort and convenience is particularly gratifying," said Gentex senior vice president Enoch Jen.

The Automotive RJC was established in 1991 by professors and journalists, having the aim to objectively study key automotive issues and analyze new products and technologies.

We can see the gadget’s utility not only for young drivers but also for van & truck drivers. However, we fear a large number of Chinese copycats with serious display lag will hit the market. And it’s not difficult to imagine what happens when you reverse your vehicle having full confidence in a $2 ultra high tech product.
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