In 2012, Gentex provided Audi with a custom camera solution that provided sight to their digital rearview mirrors. The imagers delivered an unprecedented dynamic range of 10,000,000:1, with each imager pixel capable of determining its own exposure. The camera was capable of capturing a direct image of the sun without blooming or obscuring course markings while at night, resolving headlamps into single-point light sources while keeping legible course edges and objects on the horizon.
The system was installed on the Audi R18 E-tron Quattro and R18 Ultra racecars, which gave Audi a legendary 1-2-3 win at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.
A passenger-vehicle version of the camera was subsequently commercialized and debuted on the 2013 R9 E-tron.
In 2015, Gentex provided Nissan’s LMP1 racecars with a complete rear vision system consisting of dimmable, electrochromic exterior mirrors; a custom LCD display that appeared through the mirrors reflective surface when powered, and a Gentex-designed high-dynamic-range CMOS imager optimized for rear video. The system also utilized Gentex’s image processing software developed for high-speed data transmission.
Toyota Gazoo Racing
In 2015, Gentex provided Toyota Gazoo Racing with its hybrid full display mirror and high-dynamic-range imager. Toyota’s LFA driving team noted how well the Gentex system worked under the grueling race conditions of the Nür 24hrs in Nürburgring, Germany, at which the team finished first in class (SP-Pro) and 14th overall.