Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, has announced that it is supplying auto-dimming mirrors with advanced electronic features, including the Company's proprietary SmartBeam® High-Beam Headlamp Assist system, for the 2011 Sienna, Toyota's flagship minivan.
Built and sold in the United States, the Sienna has featured Gentex auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors for several years, but the new model introduces several new Gentex features. In addition to offering an auto-dimming three-mirror system, other features, including a digital compass displayed in the mirror, a universal garage door opener and Gentex's SmartBeam® High-Beam Headlamp Assist system, will all be available as standard features or as part of a package on different trim levels. The compass feature utilizes Gentex's proprietary Z-Nav® technology, a highly-accurate sensor that determines the vehicle's directional heading.
SmartBeam uses a miniature camera-on-a-chip combined with algorithmic decision making to automatically turn a vehicle's high beams on and off according to surrounding traffic conditions. The system is designed to maximize a vehicle's forward lighting and to eliminate this repetitive and sometimes burdensome task.
"The 2011 Sienna is being recognized by auto magazines and editors for its many upgrades and enhancements," said Gentex Senior Vice President Enoch Jen. "Gentex is pleased that Toyota has included our products on the enhanced 2011 model."