SOURCE: Gentex

November 11, 2008 08:33 ET

Toyota Offers Gentex SmartBeam® High-Beam Assist on New Crossover

ZEELAND, MI--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, has announced that it is shipping auto-dimming mirrors with advanced electronic features for the all-new Toyota Venza crossover sedan.

The Venza, sold exclusively in North America beginning in late 2008, will offer Gentex's SmartBeam® High-Beam Headlamp Assist Technology as part of Toyota's High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamp package. 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 the repetitive and sometimes burdensome task of turning the high beams on and off. Toyota refers to SmartBeam as an "Automatic High Beam headlight system."

An interior auto-dimming mirror with a compass display is standard on all Venza models. The compass feature utilizes Gentex's proprietary Z-Nav® technology, a highly-accurate sensor that determines the vehicle's directional heading. Gentex mirrors darken automatically in response to the headlamp glare of rearward-approaching vehicles.

"The Venza is the first Toyota vehicle to adopt our SmartBeam technology," said Gentex Senior Vice President Enoch Jen. "We're excited that Toyota recognizes the value of our SmartBeam feature that further enhances driver safety, comfort and convenience, and that it is bringing the technology to its North American customers."

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is an international company that provides high-quality products to the worldwide automotive industry and North American fire protection market. Based in Zeeland, Michigan, the Company develops, manufactures and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. Many of the mirrors are sold with advanced electronic features, and more than 97 percent of the Company's revenues are derived from the sale of auto-dimming mirrors to nearly every major automaker in the world.

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