Gentex Corporation, a company known for manufacturing military helmets, respiratory, and electro-acoustic products, has just introduced a Full Display Mirror system for OEM applications at the 2015 SEMA Show. Composed of glare-eliminating exterior mirrors and a high-dynamic range imager, video of the vehicle’s rearward view is captured and streamed to a unique mirror-integrated display. This new system was showcased on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car.

The technology has already made its debut on the Japanese prototype racer during the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier in 2015 and will become available for OEM applications by the end of the year. The Full Display Mirror system replaces the standard rearwiew mirror with an LCD display that captures video footage from a camera mounted on the GT-R LM’s massive fin. The combo allows the driver to see what goes around behind his car despite not having a rear windscreen.

Although Gentex doesn’t provide details as to which manufacturers will use the Full Display Mirror in the future, it does say it will soon be found in passenger cars.

"Our work on the Nissan race car pushed our development teams and our integration engineers to design a Full Display Mirror system that could handle the ultimate test of performance in the 24 hours of Le Mans. This development work helped us perfect our Full Display Mirror system, which we just began shipping for OEM applications this quarter,” said Craig Piersma, Gentex director of marketing.

Though it was originally developed for the race track, the Full Display Mirror could be used to improve rearward visibility of a wide range of road-going sports cars. The Porsche Cayman, Nissan 370Z, and Chevrolet Camaro are just a few of the vehicles that could benefit from this product. But, until mainstream automakers adopt this technology, let’s have a closer look at how it works in the video above.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO High Resolution Exterior
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How do you look out the back of a Le Mans prototype when you have no rear window?

At this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, Gentex Corporation is showcasing the solution it provided for Nissan: the Full Display Mirror on the GT-R LM NISMO race car.

Gentex’s booth at SEMA features one of the GT-R LM NISMO race cars equipped with the complete rear vision package comprised of glare-eliminating exterior mirrors and a Full Display Mirror system.

The FDM system consists of a custom, high-dynamic-range imager that captures video of the vehicle’s rearward view and streams it to a unique mirror-integrated display. These same technologies were used on the GT-R LM NISMO during the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.

“Gentex is an Official Technical Partner of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, so we’re incredibly honored to have one of Nissan’s race cars in our SEMA booth this year,” said Craig Piersma, Gentex director of marketing. “Our work on the Nissan race car pushed our development teams and our integration engineers to design a Full Display Mirror system that could handle the ultimate test of performance in the 24 hours of Le Mans. This development work helped us perfect our Full Display Mirror system, which we just began shipping for OEM applications this quarter.”

Gentex’s SEMA display will showcase the OEM production version of its FDM technology as well as demonstrate potential future FDM functionality.

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