Gentex shipping its SmartBeam feature for Audi A7
Gentex Corporation, the US-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based driver-assist systems for the automotive industry, has announced that its SmartBeam high-beam assist system is now available on the new 2011 Audi A7. The A7, a five-door coupe, is sold worldwide. SmartBeam (called Fernlichassistent in German) is available in the European markets.
“This brings to 14 the number of Audi models that offer the Gentex high-beam assist system,” said Enoch Jen, senior vice president Gentex. “In addition to SmartBeam, Gentex also supplies the A7 with base feature interior and exterior auto-dimming mirrors. We are proud to be Audi’s sole supplier for auto-dimming mirror technology.”
SmartBeam uses a miniature camera-on-a-chip combined with algorithmic decision-making to automatically operate a vehicle's high beams in order to optimise their usage according to surrounding traffic conditions. The system maximises forward lighting while eliminating the repetitive task of turning the high beams on and off manually.
SmartBeam is integrated into a Gentex auto-dimming mirror, which automatically darkens to eliminate glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear.