- Gentex and Aston Martin developed a new rear vision system
- This new technology will debut at CES 2020
- It will be demonstrated in an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera in Gentex’s booth
Every year, car manufacturers present some of the wildest technologies at the CES Show in Las Vegas. Some of these technologies actually see the light of day and are integrated into cars further down the road, while some are simply put away on a shelf.
This year is no different. Gentex just announced that, in collaboration with Aston Martin, they have developed a camera-based rear vision system for the British manufacturer. This state-of-the-art system “dramatically improves a driver’s ability to monitor traffic to the rear and sides of the vehicle” according to Gentex.
The automotive industry calls these systems CMS or camera monitoring system. What differentiates this one from the others is the use of three cameras placed in the DBS Superleggera’s side-view mirrors and one mounted on the roof.
“The solution that Aston Martin chose is a hybrid CMS technology, meaning that the vehicle incorporates both cameras and standard reflective mirrors for side vision,” said Gentex Chief Technology Officer Neil Boehm. “We believe a hybrid solution is the most practical and comprehensive because it’s engineered to meet automaker, driver, safety and global regulatory requirements.”
Another key feature on the Gentex/Aston Martin CMS is that it offers a hybrid solution in case the cameras fail due to either the weather or system failure. In that case, the driver can still use the traditional rear-view mirror without being encumbered by the lack of vision of a fully digital mirror.
According to Gentex, their CMS also features a unique auto-adjust feature. What it does is it alters the video feeds dynamically based on the driver’s mirrors positions. Basically, when the driver “adjusts the exterior mirrors, the system digitally optimizes the camera field-of-view to provide ideal sideward vision.”
The technology will be demonstrated in an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera at the Gentex booth (#9013) in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Tech East, North Hall starting January 7th, 2020.