Gentex Corporation are supplying auto-dimming rearview mirrors to GM for the 2009 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia.
The mirrors feature Gentex’s SmartBeam automatic headlight beam switching system together with Opel’s Advanced Forward Lighting (AFL) and Bi-Xenon headlamp system.
Opel/Vauxhall introduced the Insignia at the 2008 British Motor Show in July, and the range is expected in European showrooms by the end of the year. Gentex will also supply similar systems for the North American 2009 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
SmartBeam uses a camera-on-chip with algorithmic decision making to select high or low beam according to the surrounding traffic conditions. In 2008, Gentex expect to ship 350,000 to 400,000 SmartBeam units.