Ford Fiesta now shipping with Auto-Dimming Mirror

Gentex Corporation has announced that it is shipping auto-dimming interior rear-view mirrors for the new generation Ford Fiesta in Europe, one of Europe's best-selling vehicles. Gentex is the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rear-view mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry.

A Gentex interior auto-dimming mirror is standard on the Ghia and Titanium trim levels. Gentex mirrors darken automatically in response to the headlamp glare of rearward-approaching vehicles.

"Fiesta joins the European Ford Focus in offering auto-dimming interior mirrors," said Enoch Jen, senior vice president.  "Fiesta and Focus account for the majority of Ford's European production, and we are very pleased that Ford recognises the importance of the auto-dimming feature in the European market."

Earlier this year Gentex was recognised by Ford with a World Excellence Award for another of its innovative technologies: the Rear Camera Display (RCD) mirror. The RCD mirror was first commercialised on the Mazda CX-9 crossover utility vehicle in 2007, followed soon after by the Ford F-Series full-size pickups and other Ford vehicles.

The RCD mirror is an interior auto-dimming rear-view mirror with an integrated liquid crystal display that works with a video camera to provide a view of the area directly behind the vehicle. The display appears automatically through the auto-dimming mirror’s reflective surface when the vehicle is shifted into ‘reverse’ and disappears when the vehicle is shifted into any other gear.

Virtually all vehicles have large rear blind zones that make it difficult to detect objects and pedestrians in the vehicle’s rearward path. Gentex developed the mirror-borne display to address the problem of reversing incidences and to make it easy and cost effective for automakers to offer rear camera systems on a wider variety of vehicles. The mirror is an intuitive and ergonomic location for the display, which allows the driver to view the display and reflected scene simultaneously.

Published 7 November 2008 Staff

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