Mirror supplier Gentex can thank the German autobahn for providing it with a crucial piece of information that could give the company a huge advantage when pitching an up-and-coming technology to automakers such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
The U.S. company’s full-display mirror (FDM) combines a conventional mirror with a high-tech camera monitoring system, giving drivers two different ways to see what is behind them.
The second image comes from a rear-facing camera, which provides a wider field of view than a conventional mirror.
Most of Gentex’s feedback about its system, which is offered in models such as the Cadillac CT6 and Range Rover Evoque, had come from customers in North America because the solution has been slow to catch on in Europe.
“Europe has been the laggard,” Brad Bosma, Gentex vice president of vision systems and dimmable glass, told Automotive News Europe.
To address this, Gentex teamed up with the Adrive Living Lab, which is part of Germany’s…