Automotive supplier Gentex showed off some of its latest technology on a 2021 Cadillac Escalade demo vehicle at the recent 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Gentex is a supplier of cutting-edge automotive tech, including digital rearview mirrors, multi-view trailering cameras, dimmable window glass, cabin-monitoring cameras and more. The company installed a handful of its new products on a 2021 Cadillac Escalade for CES 2022 earlier this month, giving us a rough idea of how an automaker like GM might implement Gentex technology in its products in the future.
The Cadillac Escalade at the Gentex @CES booth is decked out with new #technology. Not only does it have front and rear dimmable sunroofs, but also new dimmable sun visors. Plus, pillar displays alert drivers to any concerns prior to entry. #gentex #CES2022 #dimmableglass #safety pic.twitter.com/EEAd9SaIIp
— Gentex Corporation (@GentexCorp) January 5, 2022
Dimmable window glass featured prominently on Gentex’s Cadillac Escalade demo vehicle. The Escalade was decked out with dimmable moonroof glass, along with clear dimmable front and rear windshield visors. There’s also a camera mounted in the vehicle’s windshield for facial recognition and eye-tracking purposes. Our favorite tech showcased on this vehicle, though, are the smaller pillar-mounted screens, which relay important information to the driver via easy-to-read and conveniently-placed displays. We’ve seen digital displays applied to almost every other surface in vehicle interiors – so pillars-mounted screens seem like a natural and inevitable progression.
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General Motors has worked closely with Gentex in the past. The automaker named Gentex a Supplier of the Year for 2020 – a distinction that’s only given to suppliers “that distinguish themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements,” the automaker says. The automaker’s rear camera mirror is one of the more widely used Gentex technologies in its vehicles, which replaces the traditional rear-view mirror with a display screen playing a high-resolution video stream from a rear-facing camera.
Say cheese! This Cadillac Escalade has a behind-the-glass camera for in-cabin selfies. #gentex #CES2022 #cadillac #escalade #selfie #camera #automotive #technology #innovation pic.twitter.com/pf4Dm2ex70
— Gentex Corporation (@GentexCorp) January 6, 2022
It’s worth noting that while Gentex has its own dimmable glass technology, this is not the same company that will supply the dimmable window glass featured in the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq electric sedan. The Celestiq’s dimmable glass roof panels, which allow the user to manually adjust how much light the moonroof lets in for increased personalization and comfort, will be supplied by a company called Research Frontiers.