Gentex‘s patented rearview mirror assembly for vehicles integrates a lighting subassembly with micro light-emitting diodes to project a display icon through the mirror element without distortion. The innovative design ensures the shape of the display icon remains unaffected by other components of the mirror. GlobalData’s report on Gentex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Gentex, FoV enhancement sensors was a key innovation area identified from patents. Gentex's grant share as of January 2024 was 86%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Rearview mirror assembly with display icon projection

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A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11872941B2) discloses a rearview mirror assembly for vehicles that includes a mirror element with a reflector and a lighting subassembly. The lighting subassembly consists of a light source, such as micro light-emitting diodes, and a diffuser that allows the light to be projected through the mirror element without distortion. The assembly also includes a heating element for the mirror element, providing additional functionality to the system.

Furthermore, the patent details a lighting subassembly specifically designed for rearview mirror assemblies, featuring micro light-emitting diodes arranged in a light shape representing a display icon. The subassembly includes a diffuser and a light-transmissive layer to ensure the display icon is projected through the mirror element accurately. Additionally, the subassembly includes a heating element for the mirror element, enhancing the overall performance of the system. These innovative features aim to improve visibility and functionality for drivers using the rearview mirror assembly in vehicles.

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