US Pat. No. 9,254,789

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLIES WITH ANISOTROPIC POLYMER LAMINATES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A switchable mirror system (SMS) for use in a vehicular rearview assembly equipped with a light source transmitting light
from within the rearview assembly through said SMS to a field-of-view (FOV) outside the assembly, the SMS comprising:
at least two electro-optic (EO) cells defined by at least three sequentially disposed spaced-apart substrates, a first EO-cell
corresponding to an outside portion of the rearview assembly and a second EO-cell disposed between the first EO-cell and the
light source; and

at least two linear reflective polarizers disposed so as to sandwich an EO-medium of the second EO-cell between said linear
reflective polarizers,

wherein the first EO-cell has an EO-medium comprising absorbing and non-absorbing states, and is adapted to be a switchable
linear absorptive polarizer that attenuates light reflected from the second EO-cell, and does not substantially attenuate
light transmitted from the light source through the second EO-cell, and

further wherein said SMS has a reflectance value that is gradually variable in response to changes in voltages applied to
the first EO-cell, and as measured in said FOV in ambient light.

US Pat. No. 9,961,746

LIGHT SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A light sensor comprising:an exposed light transducer operative to accumulate charge in proportion to light incident on the exposed light transducer over an integration period;
a light-to-pulse circuit in communication with the exposed light transducer, the light-to-pulse circuit operative to output a pulse having a pulse width based on the charge accumulated by the exposed light transducer; anda bandgap voltage reference circuit for receiving power from a power source and for generating a set of stable reference voltages to the light-to-pulse circuit, wherein the bandgap voltage reference circuit generates a constant current from the supply voltage supplied by the power supply and wherein the bandgap voltage reference circuit comprises a resistive ladder through which the constant current is passed to generate the set of stable reference voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,189,952

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicle system comprising;
a vehicle communication module in the vehicle;
a remote start system in the vehicle; and
a vehicle processor configured to determine if the vehicle is in a garage, and wherein the vehicle processor is further configured
to:

receive an indication of a remote start request from the remote start system;
receive a garage door status from a garage door opener using the vehicle communication module;
determine, based on the received garage door status, if a garage door is closed; and
in response to determining that (A) the indication of the remote start request has been received, (B) the vehicle is in the
garage, and (C) the garage door is closed, transmit, via the vehicle communication module, a remote command to the garage
door opener formatted to cause the garage door opener to open the garage door prior to allowing the remote start system to
start the vehicle;

wherein the vehicle communication module is configured to receive a garage intrusion information based on a sensor in a garage
configured to sense a garage intrusion when the garage door is closed;

wherein the vehicle processor is configured to cause communication of the garage intrusion information to a vehicle occupant;
wherein the sensor includes at least one of a motion detector, a camera, and a vehicle alarm;
wherein the vehicle communication module is configured to be in communication with a home system and the garage door opener,
and

wherein the vehicle processor is configured to receive garage intrusion information from the garage door opener and communicate
the garage intrusion information to the home system and cause the home system to communicate the garage intrusion information
to a user.

US Pat. No. 9,180,819

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED INDICATOR SYMBOL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a reflective element not supported by a bezel;
a mirror housing to support the reflective element;
at least one user input; and
at least one symbol disposed behind the reflective element for representing a function to be performed upon actuation of the
at least one user input,

wherein the at least one user input is configured to determine user proximity to the reflective element and activate and thereby
change the appearance of the at least one symbol upon sensing user movement,

wherein the at least one symbol is illuminated by at least one illumination source when activated,
wherein the reflective element is transflective such that the at least one symbol is visible upon activation and hidden upon
deactivation, and

wherein the at least one symbol is activated after at least one of the following conditions: starting an ignition of the vehicle,
opening of a vehicle door, and depending upon status of headlamps of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,346,402

VEHICULAR REARVIEW MIRROR ELEMENTS AND ASSEMBLIES INCORPORATING THESE ELEMENTS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicular rearview assembly prepared by a process comprising the steps:
providing a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface;
providing a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface;
applying an electrically conductive coating to at least a portion of the second surface;
applying an electrically conductive coating to at least a portion of the third surface;
ablating by a laser a portion of the electrically conductive coating on the second surface forming an isolation area that
is substantially devoid of the electrically conductive coating and a plurality of non-ablated portions of the electrically
conductive coating;

applying a perimeter seal to the second surface and the third surface to define a cavity;
filling the cavity with an electro-optic medium to form an electro-optic element; and
connecting the electro-optic element to a housing structure having an aperture corresponding to a front of the assembly, wherein
the housing structure is configured to support the electro-optic element.

US Pat. No. 9,113,673

VISOR ASSEMBLY FOR A HELMET

GENTEX CORPORATION, Simp...

1. A visor assembly for use with a helmet having a facial opening, the visor assembly comprising:
a visor lens having opposing lateral sides, the visor lens configured to extend across at least a portion of the facial opening
of the helmet; and

a strap assembly connected to each opposing lateral side of the visor lens, the strap assembly comprising:
a helmet strap configured to couple to the helmet;
a first elastic strap portion coupled to the helmet strap and having a first end coupled to the visor lens;
a second elastic strap portion coupled to the helmet strap and having a second end coupled to the visor lens and spaced from
the first end;

at least one outer plate; and
at least one inner plate, the first end and the visor lens being sandwiched between the at least one outer plate and the at
least one inner plate and the second end and the visor lens being sandwiched between the at least one outer plate and the
at least one inner plate.

US Pat. No. 9,057,925

FILL PORT PLUGS FOR ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device, comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith;
a second substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith;
an electrochromic medium contained within a chamber defined by the first and second substrates and a seal member joining the
first and second substrates;

wherein:
at least one of a seal member, the first substrate, the second substrate comprises a fill port;
the fill port comprises a plug; and
the plug comprises the reaction product of an epoxy resin, at least one photoinitiator and at least one photosensitizer.

US Pat. No. 9,442,342

ELECTRO-OPTIC SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO REDUCE A PERCEIVED COLOR CHANGE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic system comprising:
an electrochromic element comprising:
a front element comprising first and second surfaces;
a transparent electrode on said second surface;
a rear element comprising third and fourth surfaces, wherein said front and rear elements are sealably bonded together in
a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, such that said second surface and said third surface face one another; and

an electrochromic medium contained in said chamber, wherein said electrochromic medium is adapted to be in at least a high
transmittance state and a low transmittance state,

wherein light passing through said electrochromic element has at least a first primary and a second primary, and said first
and said second primaries each have a first hue (hab) when passing through said electrochromic medium in said high transmittance state and a second hue (hab?) when passing through said electrochromic element in approximately said low transmittance state, wherein a change in said
first and second hues (?hab) for both said first and second primaries is less than approximately 31 degrees,

wherein a ratio of intensities of said first and second primaries remains approximately constant.

US Pat. No. 9,264,085

UNIVERSAL WIRELESS TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER UNIT WITH INTEGRATED BIDIRECTIONAL WIRELESS INTERFACE FOR VEHICLES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of wirelessly interfacing with a trainable transceiver located in a vehicle, comprising:
entering into one of a plurality of modes;
interfacing with a remote device in a bidirectional communication using one of the plurality of modes;
transmitting packets from the trainable transceiver to the remote device;
transmitting packets including a request command from the remote device to the trainable transceiver;
determining whether the packet received by the trainable transceiver from the remote device is valid;
upon determining the packet received by the trainable transceiver is invalid, and a predetermined period of time has elapsed,
entering into train mode;

upon determining the packet received by the trainable transceiver is valid, determining whether the request command from the
remote device is valid and:

upon determining that the request command is invalid, entering into train mode,
upon determining that the request command is valid, entering into the train mode when the request command is for normal operation,
and entering into a wireless diagnostic mode when the request command is for diagnostic mode;

transmitting a response command from the trainable transceiver to the remote device based on the requested command; and
receiving one of a plurality of inputs on the trainable transceiver to enter into one of the plurality of modes.

US Pat. No. 9,434,327

IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING DYNAMIC COMPENSATION FOR COLOR ATTENUATION FOR VEHICLE WINDSCREENS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle comprising:
an image sensor positioned in the vehicle for capturing images through a windscreen of the vehicle and for generating image
data corresponding to the captured images; and

a processor coupled to the image sensor configured for receiving and analyzing the image data and detecting vehicle light
sources in the captured images, wherein the processor is further configured to:

(a) detect a predetermined number of vehicle light sources;
(b) average color values of each detected vehicle light source;
(c) determine differences between the averaged color values and target color values; and
(d) store the differences as color compensation values to compensate color values of subsequently detected vehicle light sources.

US Pat. No. 9,412,264

WIRELESS TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED INTERFACE AND GPS MODULES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A wireless control system in a vehicle having an instrument panel or mirror, a center console and a vehicle position determination
device, for wireless control of a remote electronic system, said wireless control system:
a display located within at least one of the instrument panel, the mirror and the center console;
a transmitter module configured to transmit a wireless control signal having control data which will control the remote electronic
system;

an interface module in communication with the vehicle position determination device and wherein said interface module receives
current geographic position data; and

a control module in communication with said display, said interface module, and said transmitter module, and wherein said
control module receives geographic position data from said interface module and wherein said control module upon determining
that the current geographic position data is within a specified range of a preprogrammed geographic location tag communicates
a prompt to said display relating to the preprogrammed geographic location tag, wherein the prompt is displayed to prompt
a user to provide a user input by selecting a function associated with the preprogrammed geographic location tag, and wherein
said control module performs the selected function in response to receipt of the user input,

wherein multiple functions are preprogrammed into said control module, each of the multiple functions having the preprogrammed
geographic position, and wherein said control module upon determining that the current geographic position data is within
the specified range of the preprogrammed geographic position communicates a plurality of prompts to said display where each
prompt is associated with a different one of the multiple functions such that the user may select amongst the multiple functions.

US Pat. No. 9,403,478

LIGHT SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A light system for use in a rearview mirror assembly, comprising:
a printed circuit board having a first side and a second side;
a light source located on the first side;
a first optical element adjacent the first side and having:
a collection optic configured to direct light received from the light source; and
a plurality of light steering areas configured to steer light propagating in the first optical element, wherein light steered
from each of the plurality of light steering areas exits the first optical element via an output surface located adjacent
to the collection optic; and

a second optical element adjacent the second side of the printed circuit board such that the printed circuit board is at least
partially positioned between the first optical element and the second optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,224,889

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY FOR A LIGHT SENSOR, LIGHT SENSOR ASSEMBLY USING THE OPTICAL ASSEMBLY, AND VEHICLE REARVIEW ASSEMBLY USING THE LIGHT SENSOR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An optical assembly comprising:
a first optical element configured to receive light and alter a transmission path of the light through said first optical
element in a first direction and a second direction; and

a second optical element in optical communication with said first optical element, said second optical element configured
to receive the light from said first optical element, and alter a transmission path of the light through said second optical
element in said first and second directions, wherein the light is passed through said first and second optical elements such
that a light sensor receives light from a field of view that is approximately 30 degrees to 60 degrees offset from a field
of view of the light sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,176,482

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURING AND OPERATING A WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE FOR ACTIVATION OF A REMOTE DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A control system for mounting in a vehicle and for transmitting a signal to a receiver associated with a device for opening
or closing a movable barrier when the receiver receives an authorized signal, the control system comprising:
an interface configured to exchangeably and physically receive different transmitters, the interface configured to allow for
a first transmitter to be removed from the interface and a different transmitter to be physically connected to the interface;

a power supply configured to supply power to the interface;
a user input interface configured to receive user input from a user interface element;
a circuit communicably coupling the user input interface and the interface for receiving a transmitter, the circuit configured
to utilize different transmitters received by the interface so that common user input received at the user input interface
results in like behavior by the different transmitters.

US Pat. No. 9,056,584

REARVIEW ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicular rearview assembly having a front, said assembly comprising
a housing shell having inner and outer surfaces, a rim defining an aperture of the housing shell, and an inner volume,
a mirror element having an edge,
wherein said mirror element has a first surface unobstructingly observable from the front of the assembly, said first surface
having an annular peripheral region having a curvature, said curvature defined by a curvature radius, wherein said curvature
radius is at least 2.5 mm, and

a mounting element configured to cooperate with said mirror element to support the mirror element in said aperture, the mounting
element further configured to be mechanically engaged with the inner surface of the housing shell, the mounting element including:

a plate portion made of a first material and substantially co-extensive with the mirror element, said plate portion having
openings therethrough and an edge surface; and

a skirt portion made of a first elastic material and associated with the plate portion along a perimeter thereof to define
a band extending from the plate portion towards said mirror element, the band having a cross-sectional profile that provides
flexibility such that, when the mounting element is mechanically engaged with the inner surface of the housing shell, the
skirt portion is in contact with the inner surface of the housing shell and encircles at least a portion of the edge of the
mirror element.

US Pat. No. 9,324,230

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING A WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE USING INDUCTION FIELD COMMUNICATION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for providing a control signal from a trainable transceiver to a remote device based on information stored in
a portable electronic device, the system comprising:
(A) the trainable transceiver mounted in a vehicle and comprising:
a radio frequency transmitter for transmitting the control signal to the remote device;
a first circuit configured to automatically receive first information from the portable electronic device via inductive-coupling
between the portable electronic device and the first circuit when the portable electronic device is brought within the induction
field of the first circuit, wherein the first information comprises a manufacturer identifier and a crypt key, wherein the
received first information is stored in a memory; and

a second circuit configured to use the first information received from the portable electronic device to cause the radio frequency
transmitter to format the control signal in using at least the first information,

(B) the portable electronic device comprising:
a third circuit configured to automatically receive the first information from the remote device via inductive-coupling between
the remote device and the third circuit when the portable electronic device is brought within an induction field of the remote
device, and

(C) the remote device comprising:
a fourth circuit configured to automatically transmit the first information to the portable electronic device via inductive-coupling
between the third circuit and the fourth circuit when the portable electronic device is brought within the induction field
of the remote device, wherein the induction field of the remote device is generated by the fourth circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,380,190

ROTATING LENS APPARATUS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A lens cleaning device, comprising:
a housing, wherein the housing includes at least one forward projection extending in a direction parallel with an optical
axis and supporting a wiping member;

a cylindrical lens disposed inside the housing and defining an inner cavity;
an imager disposed in the cavity;
a gear assembly operably coupling the cylindrical lens with a motor, wherein the motor is operational to rotate the gear assembly
and consequently the cylindrical lens;

wherein the gear assembly includes a drive gear fixedly connected to a drive shaft of the motor and operably coupled to a
planetary gear, wherein the planetary gear is operably coupled to the cylindrical lens; and

a gasket disposed between the cylindrical lens and the planetary gear to seal the inner cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,274,394

MULTI-ZONE MIRRORS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic mirror element comprising
a first substrate comprising:
a first surface; and
a second surface;
a second substrate substantially parallel to said first substrate comprising:
a third surface; and
a fourth surface;
an electro-optic medium in a cavity defined by said first substrate and said second substrate;
wherein said third surface carries a transflective coating;
wherein said fourth surface carries a graded opacifying layer;
wherein said opacifying layer defines at least two zones;
wherein a first zone is a transflective zone; and
wherein a second zone is an opacifying zone.

US Pat. No. 9,098,751

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERIODIC LANE MARKER IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for periodic lane marker identification comprising:
at least one imager configured to capture a plurality of images exterior of a vehicle;
a processor in communication with the at least one imager where the processor is configured to process at least one image
such that a period of dashed lane markers in the image is calculated for tracking the vehicle within the detected dashed lane
markers; and

wherein the processor is operable to:
identify a plurality of leading edges and trailing edges of the plurality of dashed lane markers;
calculate a plurality of edge differences among the plurality of leading edges and the plurality of trailing edges;
calculate the period of the dashed lane markers from the plurality of edge differences; and
communicate an output based upon the detected dashed lane markers for use by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,207,116

LIGHT SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A light sensor comprising:
an exposed light transducer operative to accumulate charge in proportion to light incident on the exposed light transducer
over an integration period;

a shielded light transducer shielded from light, the shielded light transducer having substantially the same construction
as the exposed light transducer, the shielded light transducer operative to accumulate charge in proportion to noise over
the integration period; and

a light-to-pulse circuit in communication with the exposed light transducer and the shielded light transducer, the light-to-pulse
circuit operative to output a pulse having a pulse width based on the difference between the charges accumulated by the exposed
and shielded light transducers, wherein the light-to-pulse circuit includes a one shot logic circuit that contributes to a
generation of the pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,199,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A BLOCKED IMAGER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A blocked imager detection system for use in a controlled vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to image a scene external and forward of the controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding
to the acquired images; and

a controller configured to receive temperature information relating to an operational temperature of the imager, wherein when
the controller determines that the operational temperature of the imager is below a temperature threshold, the controller
generates a signal having an indication that the imager is blocked.

US Pat. No. 9,185,363

VEHICLE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CATEGORIZING OBJECTS USING RELATIVE MOTION ANALYSIS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to image a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image frame data corresponding to
each frame of a series of acquired image frames; and

a processor configured to receive and analyze the image frame data to:
detect objects in the scene and a dominant motion of the scene, and
determine relative motion of the detected objects relative to the dominant motion of the scene,
wherein the analysis of the image frame data performed by said processor includes categorizing the detected objects using
the relative motion of the detected objects,

wherein said processor categorizes objects detected in the image frame data using one or more of a detected brightness, size,
position of center of mass, age, and color of the objects in addition to the relative motion of those objects, and

wherein, when categorizing objects, said processor increases the probability that an object is a vehicle if the object has
a high relative motion.

US Pat. No. 9,398,270

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A BRIGHT CITY CONDITION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system comprising:
an image sensor configured to acquire one or more images of a scene external and forward of a controlled vehicle and to generate
image data corresponding to the one or more acquired images; and

a processor configured to:
receive the image data;
analyze the image data to detect an ambient light level in the image data and select a village mode as a mode of operation
when the ambient light level meets village detect conditions, wherein selection of the village mode disables the use of high
beams in the controlled vehicle;

monitor the ambient light level over a period of time;
based on the monitoring, modify the village detect conditions when the ambient light level reaches a threshold that indicates
that the driver's eyes have adapted to a bright ambient light level; and

based on the modification of the village detect conditions, select a non-village mode as a mode of operation, the non-village
mode enabling the automatic use of high beams in areas that would have met village detect conditions absent modification thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,533,619

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly, the rearview mirror assembly comprising:
a reflective mirror element; and
a blind spot indicator system in optical communication with the reflective mirror element, and configured to receive an input
from a blind spot detector system, wherein the blind spot indicator system comprises:

a first indicator assembly comprising:
a first light source; and
a high intensity optic in optical communication with the first light source;
wherein the first light source is configured to emit light that at least partially propagates through the high intensity optic
and the reflective mirror element if the input is received from the blind spot detector system indicating an object is detected;
and

a second indicator assembly comprising:
a second light source; and
a diffuser optic in optical communication with the second light source;
wherein the second light source is configured to emit light that at least partially propagates through the diffuser optic
and the reflective mirror element if the input is received from the blind spot detector system indicating the blind spot detector
is active.

US Pat. No. 9,529,214

THIN-FILM COATINGS, ELECTRO-OPTIC ELEMENTS AND ASSEMBLIES INCORPORATING THESE ELEMENTS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic element, comprising:
a first substrate including a perimeter length and first and second surfaces, the first substrate containing at least a first
layer of electrically conductive material deposited on the second surface, wherein the first layer is substantially transparent;

a second substrate including third and fourth surfaces, the second substrate containing a second layer of electrically conductive
material deposited on the third surface, wherein the first and second substrates are disposed in a parallel and spaced-apart
relationship to define a gap between the second and third surfaces, the gap containing an electro-optic medium; and

a first bus with a first bus length that is arranged in electrical communication with the first layer,
wherein a contact percentage between the first bus length and the perimeter length is greater than about 40%, and
further wherein the element is configured such that a relative darkening timing factor substantially across the element is
less than a factor of 3, the relative darkening timing factor given by a darkening time at a position within the element divided
by a fastest darkening time within the element.

US Pat. No. 9,430,939

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN IN-VEHICLE TRANSMITTER HAVING MULTI-COLORED LED

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A wireless control system, for wireless control of a remote electronic system, configured to provide information to a user
using a single multi-colored LED, comprising:
a trainable transmitter circuit configured to transmit a wireless control signal having control data which will control the
remote electronic system;

a user interface device including one or more buttons; and
a control circuit coupled to the trainable transmitter circuit and to the user interface device, the control circuit having
a plurality of states comprising a training mode state, a first operating mode state in which the wireless control system
is configured to control a first remote electronic system, and a second operating mode state in which the wireless control
system is configured to control a second remote electronic system;

wherein the control circuit is configured to receive a user input at a selected button of the one or more buttons,
wherein the control circuit is configured to process the user input to determine whether the user input is an instruction
to cause a change between the plurality of states or an instruction to transmit a wireless control signal formatted to control
a remote electronic system,

wherein in response to receiving the user input at the selected button, the control circuit is configured to cause the trainable
transmitter circuit to transmit a first wireless control signal formatted to control the first remote electronic system based
on a currently active state of the plurality of states being the first operating mode state and the user input being an instruction
to transmit a wireless control signal,

wherein in response to receiving the user input at the same selected button, the control circuit is configured to cause the
trainable transmitter circuit to transmit a second wireless control signal formatted to control the second remote electronic
system based on the currently active state being the second operating mode state and the user input being an instruction to
transmit a wireless control signal,

wherein in response to receiving the user input at the same selected button, the control circuit is configured to change the
currently active state based on the user input being an instruction to change between the plurality of states,

wherein the control circuit is configured to control operation of the single multi-colored LED to provide an indication of
the currently active state, and

wherein the control circuit is configured to cause the single multi-colored LED to change the indication in response to the
user input being an instruction to change between the plurality of states.

US Pat. No. 9,145,090

DIMMABLE MIRROR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A manual dimmable mirror assembly comprising:
a mirror element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate comprising:
a first surface; and
a second surface, said second surface having a transparent electrically conductive coating;
a second substantially transparent substrate substantially parallel with said first substantially transparent substrate, said
second substantially transparent substrate comprising:

a third surface comprising at least one coating such that said third surface is at least partially reflective; and
a fourth surface;
wherein said first substantially transparent substrate and said second substantially transparent substrate define a cavity;
an electro-optic medium in said cavity;
a input device; and
a controller in communication with said input device, said controller configured to control electrical power supplied to said
mirror element, such that said mirror element transitions from a substantially clear state to a substantially dark state at
least partially based upon said communication from said input device;

wherein said controller is further configured to determine if said mirror element was in said substantially dark state prior
to the vehicle being turned off, and when the vehicle is turned on, if an off time is less than a threshold, then said controller
controls electrical power to said mirror element so that said mirror element is in said substantially dark state.

US Pat. No. 9,128,345

ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE HAVING AN IMPROVED FILL PORT PLUG

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device, comprising:
a two-part plug associated with a fill port of the electrochromic device, the two-part plug comprising:
a first part comprising a first resin that, in an uncured state, is substantially insoluble or substantially immiscible with
an electrochromic medium;

a second part comprising a second resin; and
a slipcover in contact with the two-part plug, the slipcover comprising a metal, a colored glass, an etched glass, an abraded
glass, an etched plastic, or an abraded plastic;

wherein the slipcover is less than 0.85 mm thick.

US Pat. No. 9,470,927

PRE-FORMED POLYMER MATRIX DISC TO MAINTAIN UNIFORM CELL SPACING

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An emissive display system, comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having a first electrically conductive material associated therewith;
a second substantially transparent substrate spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity and having a second
electrically conductive material associated therewith;

one or more spacing members positioned within the cavity, wherein the one or more spacing members comprise one or more polymer
matrix discs configured to maintain a cell spacing between the first and second substrates, further wherein the one or more
spacing members are variably transmissive between substantially clear and darkened states;

an electro-optic medium disposed within the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, the electro-optic medium comprising:

at least one solvent;
at least one anodic material;
at least one cathodic material; and
a substantially transparent light emitting display operably coupled to the electro-optic device, wherein the electro-optic
device is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.

US Pat. No. 9,443,422

FREQUENCY SHIFTING METHOD FOR UNIVERSAL TRANSMITTERS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for modifying a trained carrier frequency for a trainable transmitter comprising:
receiving a request to transmit a control signal from the trainable transmitter to a receiver, the request being generated
in response to an activation of a user input;

transmitting a first control signal using the trained carrier frequency and a control data;
shifting at least part of the trained carrier frequency by a first frequency increment;
transmitting a second control signal using the trained carrier frequency shifted by the first frequency increment and the
control data;

shifting at least part of the trained carrier frequency by a first frequency decrement;
transmitting a third control signal using the trained carrier frequency shifted by the first frequency decrement and the control
data;

determining whether the user input is still activated;
shifting at least part of the trained carrier frequency by a second frequency increment, wherein the second frequency increment
is greater than the first frequency increment;

transmitting a fourth control signal using the trained carrier frequency shifted by the second frequency increment and the
control data;

shifting at least part of the trained carrier frequency by a second frequency decrement, wherein the second frequency decrement
is greater than the first frequency decrement; and

transmitting a fifth control signal using the trained carrier frequency shifted by the second frequency decrement and the
control data.

US Pat. No. 9,354,470

ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An emissive display system, comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein at
least one of the first and second surfaces comprises a first electrically conductive layer;

a second substantially transparent substrate having third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein
at least one of the third and fourth surfaces comprises a second electrically conductive layer;

a primary seal disposed around perimeter portions of the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second
substrates define a cavity therebetween;

an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states; and

a plurality of beads disposed in a central portion of the cavity, the plurality of beads being configured to maintain a cell
spacing between the first and second substrates, wherein the plurality of beads comprises a plurality of paramagnetic or ferromagnetic
beads and are movable to a perimeter portion of the cavity; and

a substantially transparent light emitting display disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, wherein the electro-optic
device is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light, wherein the plurality of beads is moved
to the perimeter portion of the cavity by the following steps:

(a) generating a magnetic field;
(b) manipulating the magnetic field such that a force is generated on the plurality of paramagnetic or ferromagnetic beads;
and

(c) applying said force to move the plurality of paramagnetic or ferromagnetic beads to a position proximate the primary seal
along the perimeter of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,244,249

DOUBLE BALL SLIDE ON MOUNT WITH SCREW OVER SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

10. A rearview device mounting assembly, comprising:
a bracket including:
a windshield engagement surface;
an internal sensor receiving aperture; and
a first slide rail on a first side and a second slide rail on a second side;
a sensor adapted for reception in the internal sensor receiving aperture, the sensor having a plurality of protrusions extending
therefrom;

a clip operably coupling the sensor to the bracket;
a cradle disposed between the and the sensor the cradle including a plurality of sensor engagement members operably coupled
with the plurality of protrusions extending from the sensor; and

a bracket cover configured to slide into secure engagement with the first slide rail and the second slide rail, and having
a mounting ball extending therefrom.

US Pat. No. 9,057,875

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing;
a glass element operably coupled with the housing;
a display module mounted between the glass element and the housing and including a display, an optic block, and a printed
circuit board, the display module being configured to be turned to an on state and an off state; and

an actuator device disposed on a bottom surface of the housing and operably coupled with the glass element, wherein the actuator
device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in one direction, thereby moving the glass element to an off-axis position
which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module, and wherein the actuator device is also
adjustable to tilt the glass element in another direction, thereby moving the glass element to an on-axis position which approximately
simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module.

US Pat. No. 9,488,892

PRINTED APPLIQUé AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic assembly, comprising:
a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface substantially parallel to the first surface;
a rear substrate spaced from and substantially parallel to the front substrate, the rear substrate having a third surface
and a fourth surface substantially parallel to the third surface;

a carrier operably connected to at least one of the front substrate and the rear substrate;
an appliqué layer directly on at least a first portion of the fourth surface and having an opening over a second portion of
the fourth surface, the portions of the fourth surface in a transmissive region of the rear substrate;

a light diffusing inkjet layer in the opening and over a portion of the appliqué layer in proximity to the opening; and
an assembly component that is coupled to the carrier, behind the fourth surface and substantially coincident with the opening,
wherein the front and rear substrates define a cavity at least partially filled with an electro-optic material.

US Pat. No. 9,440,588

ELECTRO-OPTIC MIRROR SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic rearview mirror system for a vehicle, the electro-optic rearview mirror system comprising:
a first light sensor configured to detect ambient light in an approximately forward direction with respect to a normal operating
direction of the vehicle;

a first electro-optic rearview mirror assembly comprising:
a first variable reflectance electro-optic element; and
a second light sensor configured to detect glare light in an approximately rearward direction with respect to the normal operating
direction of the vehicle;

a second electro-optic rearview mirror assembly comprising:
a second variable reflectance electro-optic element;
a third light sensor configured to detect glare light in an approximately rearward direction with respect to the normal operating
direction of the vehicle;

a single processor in communication with said first light sensor, said second light sensor, and said third light sensor, wherein
the second electro-optic element is operable to change reflectance in response to a signal received from the first light sensor
and a signal received from the third light sensor; and

wherein signals from the first light sensor, the second light sensor, and the third light sensor are processed in combination
by the processor to independently control the reflectance level of the first variable reflectance electro-optic element and
the reflectance of the second variable reflectance electro-optic element.

US Pat. No. 9,436,005

AMPLIFIED PIEZOELECTRIC CAMERA LENS CLEANER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A lens cleaning device comprising:
a piezoelectric member having a first side, a second side, and a central aperture, the piezoelectric member being operably
coupled to a power source and operable to vibrate upon activation of the power source;

a resilient member having an inner edge and an outer edge, wherein one of the inner edge and the outer edge of the resilient
member is operably coupled to the first side of the piezoelectric member; and

a lens operably coupled to the other of the inner edge and the outer edge of the resilient member, the lens being capable
of moving as a result of the vibratory motion of the piezoelectric member;

wherein the resilient member amplifies the vibrational effects of the piezoelectric member, which results in increased movement
of the lens and an increased rate in which matter formed on the lens is atomized.

US Pat. No. 9,434,312

SHAPED REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly, comprising:
a front substrate comprising:
a first surface, and
a second surface;
a rear substrate comprising:
a third surface, and
a fourth surface,
wherein said rear substrate defines at least one contact via and said front substrate and said rear substrate define a cavity;
a perimeter seal between said front substrate and said rear substrate;
an electrically conductive element at least partially within said at least one contact via, wherein said electrically conductive
element electrically connects with at least one of said second surface and said third surface; and

an electro-optic medium disposed in said cavity between said front substrate and said rear substrate and bounded by said perimeter
seal,

wherein said front substrate and said rear substrate each has a shaped edge having a continuously arcuate shape.

US Pat. No. 9,380,228

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A high dynamic range imager system comprising:
an imager comprising:
a pixel array disposed on a die comprising a plurality of pixel rows;
a memory disposed on the die and in communication with the pixel array, the memory comprising a plurality of memory cells
configured to store data representative of a selected conditional reset;

a memory manager in communication with the memory and configured to allocate a portion of the memory cells to each pixel row
of the plurality of pixel rows at a time of a conditional reset of each pixel row,

wherein the number of memory cells is based upon an exposure time between a first conditional reset and a row readout of each
pixel row.

US Pat. No. 9,316,347

REARVIEW ASSEMBLY WITH INTERCHANGEABLE REARWARD VIEWING DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly kit for a vehicle comprising:
a housing;
a connecting interface disposed on a forward edge of the housing:
a first rearview device having a peripheral edge with a bezel, the bezel defining an outside stepped wall;
a second rearview device having a forward peripheral edge that is at least partially ground away, the second rearview device
defining an outside stepped construction on a rearward peripheral edge thereof:

a third rearview device having an outer ring proximate a peripheral edge thereof, the third rearview device defining an outside
stepped construction on a rear side thereof; and

wherein the connecting interface of the housing includes an inside stepped construction configured to interchangeably engage
with one of the first rearview device, the second rearview device, and the third rearview device.

US Pat. No. 9,146,437

ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

14. An electro-optic window assembly, comprising:
an exterior structure;
a bezel in thermal communication with the exterior structure, the bezel having an inner edge, and covering a peripheral portion
of a first substantially transparent substrate and a peripheral portion of a second substantially transparent substrate;

a first substantially transparent substrate comprising:
a first surface with a portion in thermal communication with the bezel,
a second surface, and
a first peripheral edge;
a second substantially transparent substrate comprising:
a third surface,
a fourth surface with a portion in thermal communication with the bezel, and a
second peripheral edge,
wherein the first and second substrates define a cavity, and the fourth surface and the inner edge of the bezel define a visible
area; and

an electro-optic medium at least partially filling the cavity and configured to reduce the transmission of light viewed through
the electro-optic window assembly,

wherein the electro-optic window assembly is configured such that the substrates each have a theoretical maximum thermal stress
of less than approximately 25 MPa when an approximately 50° C. thermal gradient exists between the peripheral portions of
the substrates and the visible area.

US Pat. No. 9,403,590

ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW ASSEMBLY EMI SHIELD

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An aircraft window foam mounting assembly comprising:
an exterior pressure pane frame including an inner surface and an outer surface;
a pressure pane in abutting contact with the inner surface of the exterior pressure pane frame;
a foam bezel proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defining an inner opening, the foam bezel including an inner wall
and an outer wall, wherein the inner wall includes a channel;

an electrochromic element disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall; and
an electrically conductive member operably coupled to the foam bezel and extending from the inner wall to the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 9,174,577

MOUNT INTERFACE TO SLIDE ON WINDSCREEN BUTTON

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview device attachment assembly comprising:
a mount;
an attachment clip coupled to the mount and having a base and first and second opposing flex members extending from the base,
the first and second opposing flex members including:

a flex portion extending from the base;
a connecting portion extending from the flex portion at an angle toward the base; and
an engagement portion extending away from the connecting portion at an angle away from the base; and
first and second protrusions projecting from the mount, the first and second protrusions extending through first and second
slots, respectively, in the base, wherein the first and second protrusions are in abutting contact with the engagement portion
of the first and second opposing flex members, respectively, thereby forcing the first and second opposing flex members at
least partially away from the base.

US Pat. No. 9,134,585

AUTOMOTIVE REARVIEW MIRROR WITH CAPACITIVE SWITCHES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicular rearview assembly having a front, the assembly comprising:
an electrochromic (EC) element including
a first glass substrate having first and second surfaces, the first surface configured as an outer surface of the EC element
and corresponding to the front of the assembly, wherein the first substrate includes an annular peripheral region having a
radius of at least 2.5mm, the second surface carrying a transparent electrically-conductive layer thereon;

a second glass substrate having third and fourth surfaces, the third surface carrying a reflective-and-electrically-conductive
layer thereon, and wherein the first and second substrates are disposed in a spaced-apart and parallel relationship with the
second and third surfaces facing each other and an EC medium disposed therebetween and bounded by the perimeter seal;

at least one electrical contact portion in electrical communication with one of the transparent electrically-conductive layer
and the reflective-and-electrically-conductive layer,

a mounting element adapted to support the EC element, the mounting element having an extended portion that is juxtaposed with
the EC element and a passageway allowing an electrical link therethrough;

an adhesive element disposed between the EC element and the mounting element to adhere the EC element to the mounting element
with a bond strength;

a housing shell configured to mechanically engage the mounting element;
electronic circuitry disposed behind the mounting element and inside the housing shell, the electric circuitry at least in
part providing power to operate the EC element; and

a first electrical connector having first and second electrical contact portions, wherein the first electrical contact portion
is in contact with the at least one electrical contact portion of the EC element and the second electrical contact portion
is in contact with a contact portion on the electronic circuitry, wherein the electrical connector is at least partially disposed
in the mounting element opening, wherein the electrical portion of the first electrical connector that is in contact with
the at least one electrical contact portion of the EC element provides a force that (1) is sufficient to maintain said contact
between the electrical portion of the first electrical connector and the at least one electrical contact portion of the EC
element and (2) is less than the bond strength adhering the EC element to the mounting element.

US Pat. No. 9,106,312

VEHICULAR MICROPHONE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POST PROCESSING OPTIMIZATION OF A MICROPHONE SIGNAL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for post processing optimization of a microphone signal used in a vehicle mirror comprising the steps of:
generating a signal containing both voice and noise from at least one microphone located in a vehicle;
estimating a level of the noise present within the signal;
determining if the level of the noise is above a predetermined threshold;
modifying the signal to increase the magnitude of both the voice and the noise for those frequency bands in the signal having
a level of noise above the predetermined threshold;

modifying the signal to decrease the magnitude of both the voice and noise for those frequency bands in the signal having
a level of noise below the predetermined threshold; and

submitting the modified signal to a post processing network.

US Pat. No. 9,405,165

CONTROLLER CONFIGURED FOR AN ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A controller system configured to control an electro-optic device, said controller system comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate;
a second substantially transparent substrate approximately parallel to said first substantially transparent substrate such
that a chamber is defined by said first and second substantially transparent substrates; and

an electro-optic medium between said first and second substantially transparent substrates; and
a controller in communication with said electro-optic device, wherein said controller is configured to:
monitor electrical power supplied to said electro-optic device;
determine at least one of an approximate minima and an approximate maxima based on the monitoring; and
adjust said electrical power supplied corresponding to at least one of the approximate minima and the approximate maxima,
such that approximately a minimum potential is applied to said electro-optic device to maintain said electro-optic device
in an approximately minimum transmission state.

US Pat. No. 9,272,665

MOUNT ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A mount assembly for a vehicle component, the mount assembly comprising:
an attachment device configured to attach to a vehicle interior component, the attachment device defining an aperture and
comprising;

a vehicle attachment portion;
an interior wall; and
an exterior wall;
a rearview device operably coupled with the exterior wall of the attachment device;
an accessory device operably coupled with the interior wall of the attachment device; and
wherein the rearview device and the accessory device are independently detachable from the attachment device, such that the
rearview device can be detached from the attachment device while the accessory device remains coupled with the attachment
device, and the accessory device can be detached from the attachment device while the rearview device remains coupled with
the attachment device.

US Pat. No. 9,434,311

LOW REFLECTANCE GLARE OPTIC

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly for use in a vehicle for providing a rearward view from the vehicle, the rearview assembly comprising:
at least one substrate comprising a partially transmissive coating;
a light sensor proximate the at least one substrate; and
a secondary optic comprising:
a first surface facing outward toward the at least one substrate;
a plurality of vertical flutes proximate the first surface;
a second surface facing inward toward the light sensor; and
a plurality of horizontal flutes proximate the second surface, wherein the secondary optic is configured to control a field
of view of the light sensor and the secondary optic is configured to have a reduced reflectance, and wherein an orientation
of the plurality of vertical flutes and the plurality of horizontal flutes provide for the field of view with the reduced
reflectance.

US Pat. No. 9,421,903

CONTROLLING EXTERIOR VEHICLE LIGHTS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for adjusting a position of one or more exterior vehicle lights, comprising:
an accelerometer operable to indicate a change in a vehicle chassis pitch relative to one or more axles of a vehicle while
the vehicle is parked or moving less than 5 miles per hour (MPH);

a vehicle-mounted camera operable to generate a plurality of images and indicate a change in vehicle chassis pitch relative
to one or more axles of the vehicle based on a change in an object within the plurality of images; and

a control unit operable to receive indications from the accelerometer and the vehicle-mounted camera and, based on the indications,
communicate a command to a vehicle light leveling actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,405,047

ELECTROCHROMIC POLYELECTROLYTE GEL MEDIUM HAVING IMPROVED CREEP RESISTANCE AND ASSOCIATED ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic medium comprising:
a cross-linked, ionic polyelectrolyte gel matrix comprising:
a polymeric backbone; and
crosslinking moieties having ionic groups and counterions with opposite polarity to the ionic groups,
wherein the crosslinking moieties are selected from a group consisting of viologen moieties, ammonium moieties, one or more
pyridinium groups and one or more imidazolium groups.

US Pat. No. 9,216,523

PROCESS FOR SHAPING OR FORMING ARTICLES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Simp...

1. A method of shaping a flat working material into a composite product having a final shape, the method comprising:
(a) in the absence of added heat, consolidating and shaping the working material into a pre-form shape using a dynamic hydroforming
process that employs a rigid, male-shaped tool and a non-rigid, female-shaped tool; and

(b) in the presence of added heat, further consolidating and shaping the working material into the final shape using at least
one additional rigid forming tool,

wherein step (a) comprises a series of dynamic shaping stages, each dynamic shaping stage including deepening the position
of the rigid, male-shaped tool relative to a first surface of the working material and applying pressure to a second surface
of the working material.

US Pat. No. 9,365,281

REDUCING CONDENSATION IN DIMMABLE WINDOW SYSTEMS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An aircraft window mounting assembly comprising:
a pressure pane in abutting contact with an inner surface of an exterior pressure pane frame;
a bezel proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defining an inner opening, the foam bezel including an inner wall,
an outer wall, an exterior wall, and an interior wall;

a dust cover proximate the interior wall of the bezel;
an electro-optic element disposed in the opening and configured for reception by the inner wall, wherein the pressure pane,
the bezel, and the electro-optic element define an exterior cavity, and wherein the bezel, the electro-optic element, and
the dust cover define an interior cavity;

a first relief passage in fluid communication with the exterior cavity and the interior cavity; and
a second relief passage in fluid communication with the interior cavity and one of an aircraft interior cabin and an aircraft
wall.

US Pat. No. 9,808,888

LASER SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A laser system comprising:
a laser configured to emit laser pulse bursts; and
a motion device in optical communication with said laser and configured to deliver said laser pulse bursts to a plurality
of spaced apart locations along a substrate to form a laser induced channel in the substrate at one or more of said plurality
of spaced apart locations;

wherein said motion device has a natural frequency greater than an operating frequency of the laser system to prevent resonant
vibration when the motion device operates to change delivery location of the laser pulse bursts among said plurality of spaced
apart locations at a constant speed.

US Pat. No. 9,381,862

OPTICAL REFLECTOR WITH INCREASED FIELD-OF-VIEW

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

11. An optical reflector comprising:
a primary optical element having a perimeter, a first substantially flat portion, and a second portion that is curved in two
dimensions, the second portion adjoining said first portion along a breakline comprising a substantially circular arc having
a radius of curvature, wherein the first and second portions are within the perimeter, and further wherein each portion defines
a primary differentiable surface; and

a layer of reflective material on said primary optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,836,657

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERIODIC LANE MARKER IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for periodic lane marker identification comprising:
at least one imager configured to capture image data corresponding to a plurality of images exterior of a vehicle;
a processor in communication with the at least one imager wherein the processor is configured to:
convert the image data from a relative coordinate system to a world coordinate system;
process a first sample of the image data in a first direction and a second sample of the image data in a second direction
to identify a potential raised road marker;

define a box encompassing at least a portion of the potential raised road marker based on the first sample and the second
sample; and

identify a detected raised road marker from the potential raised road marker based on an intensity of a plurality of points
located in the box.

US Pat. No. 9,505,349

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing;
a windshield mounting member extending rearwardly from the housing;
an electro-optic element operably coupled with the housing;
a display module mounted between the electro-optic element and the housing and including a display, the display module being
configured to be activated and deactivated; and

an actuator device disposed on the housing and operably coupled with the electro-optic element, wherein the actuator device
is adjustable to tilt the electro-optic element in one direction, thereby moving the electro-optic element to an off-axis
position which approximately simultaneously changes an activation state of the display module, and wherein the actuator device
is also adjustable to tilt the electro-optic element in another direction, thereby moving the electro-optic element to an
on-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the activation state of the display module.

US Pat. No. 9,499,114

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING VEHICLE SPEED AND DRIVER NOTIFICATION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for monitoring a speed of a vehicle driven by a driver, comprising:
an imaging system onboard the vehicle and configured to provide image data based on current driving conditions and a current
road type on which the vehicle is traveling;

a controller configured to:
analyze the image data and to generate a speed threshold;
modify the speed threshold based on detection from the image data that a low visibility condition is present and the current
road type on which the vehicle is traveling has changed, wherein the low visibility condition comprises at least one of a
rain condition, a snow condition, and a fog condition, and wherein modification of the speed threshold further comprises determining
the current road type is at least one of a motorway, a country road, and a city street; and

compare the speed threshold with a current driving speed of the vehicle; and
a rearview mirror assembly having a display system, the display system displaying at least one of a notification and a recommendation
to the driver if the current driving speed exceeds the speed threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,500,927

ELECTROCHROMIC POLYELECTROLYTE GEL MEDIUM HAVING IMPROVED CREEP RESISTANCE AND ASSOCIATED ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic medium comprising:
a cross-linked polyelectrolyte gel matrix comprising:
a polymeric backbone comprising first ionic groups of a same polarity;
counterions with opposite polarity to the first ionic groups; and
a crosslinking moiety;
wherein the first ionic groups are selected from a group consisting of viologen moieties, ammonium moieties, one or more pyridinium
groups and one or more imidazolium groups.

US Pat. No. 9,366,537

MAGNETIC FIELD COMPENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A compass system for a vehicle comprising:
magnetic sensors mounted in the vehicle for sensing directional components of the Earth's magnetic field vector, wherein each
of said magnetic sensors output signals representing a sensed component of the Earth's magnetic field along with components
of any electromagnetic noise;

a processing circuit coupled to said magnetic sensors for receiving the output signals, said processing circuit being programmed
to execute the steps comprising:

computing a first average of the output signals,
determining whether a source of electromagnetic interference is activated,
computing a first calibration point responsive to the output signals,
while a source of electromagnetic interference is activated, computing second average of the output signals acquired after
activation of the source of electromagnetic interference, computing a difference between the second average of the output
signals from the first average to compute an offset vector, and computing a second calibration point by offsetting the first
calibration point by the offset vector, and

computing a heading of the vehicle using the most recently acquired output signals and one of the first calibration point
and the second calibration point and generating a heading signal indicative of the heading; and

a heading indicator coupled to said processing circuit for receiving the heading signal and for indicating the heading to
a driver of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,317,758

VEHICLE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTINGUISHING REFLECTIVE OBJECTS FROM LIGHTS OF ANOTHER VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to image a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image data corresponding to acquired
images; and

a processor configured to receive and analyze the image data to detect the presence of a light source and to identify whether
such light source is a light of another vehicle;

wherein:
when a light source is detected, said processor is configured to generate a signal that is used to control exterior lights
of the vehicle to temporarily modulate at least a portion of an illumination pattern projected from the exterior lights to
have a particular modulation pattern at least in the direction of the detected light source,

after generating the signal, said processor is configured to analyze the image data subsequently received to detect whether
the light source has a modulation pattern corresponding to the modulation pattern of the exterior lights,

when the light source does have such a modulation pattern, said processor is configured to determine that the light source
is a reflective object and not a light of another vehicle, and

when the light source does not have such a modulation pattern, said processor is configured to determine that the light source
may be a light of another vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,187,029

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERIOR VEHICLE LIGHTS ON MOTORWAYS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An exterior light control system for controlling exterior lights of a controlled vehicle, comprising:
an imaging system configured to image a scene external and forward of the controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding
to the acquired images; and

a controller configured to receive and analyze the image data and for generating an exterior light control signal that is
used to control the exterior lights in response to analysis of the image data and in response to a selected mode of operation,

if said controller detects headlamps of one or more oncoming vehicle, said controller is configured to generate an exterior
light control signal for reducing the brightness of the exterior lights, to determine a relative location within the acquired
images of a headlamp closest to a central feature of the acquired images, and to select a delay that varies dynamically in
response to the relative location of the headlamp, and wherein, upon determining that oncoming headlamps are no longer present
in the acquired images that require the exterior lights to remain in a reduced brightness state, said controller is configured
to nevertheless continue to analyze acquired images for the selected delay before generating an exterior light control signal
for increasing the brightness of the exterior lights.

US Pat. No. 9,096,181

ELECTRO-OPTIC SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO REDUCE A PERCEIVED COLOR CHANGE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic system comprising:
an electrochromic element comprising:
a front element comprising first and second surfaces;
a rear element comprising third and fourth surfaces, wherein said front and rear elements are sealably bonded together in
a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, such that said second surface and said third surface face one another; and

an electrochromic medium contained in said chamber, wherein said electrochromic medium is adapted to be in at least a high
transmittance state and a low transmittance state;

a reflector electrode on said third surface; and
a transparent electrode on said second surface;
wherein said transparent electrode is selected to have a beneficial effect on the reflected color of said electrochromic element,
such that during a color excursion the reflected C* remains below approximately 20; and

wherein light passing through at least a portion of said electrochromic element has at least a first primary and a second
primary, and said first and said second primaries each have a first hue (hab) when viewed through said electrochromic medium in said high transmittance state and a second hue (hab?) when viewed through said electrochromic element in approximately said low transmittance state, wherein a change in said
first and second hues (?hab) for both said first and second primaries is less than approximately 31 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,873,167

LASER-INDUCED CHANNELS IN MULTI-LAYER MATERIALS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of using a laser system comprising a laser that produces a pulsed laser beam, the method comprising the steps
of:
providing a multi-layer substrate comprising a first material layer that is at least partially transparent to the laser beam
and a second material layer stacked together with the first material layer;

directing the pulsed laser beam toward the multi-layer substrate such that the laser beam passes through at least a portion
of both of said material layers; and

forming a laser-induced channel that extends into the first material layer, the laser-induced channel comprising a uniform
distribution of self-focus damage volumes.

US Pat. No. 9,858,808

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER WITH HANDS FREE IMAGE BASED OPERATION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of training trainable transceivers to control remote electronic systems, comprising:
receiving, via an input/output device of a trainable transceiver, a command to transmit for controlling a remote electronic
system;

accessing, by the trainable transceiver from an image data source, responsive to receiving the command, a plurality of reference
images from storage in memory;

associating, by the trainable transceiver, the plurality of reference images with an activation signal for controlling the
remote electronic system;

determining, by the trainable transceiver, that a number of the plurality of reference images is greater than a threshold
number; and

initiating, by the trainable transceiver, responsive to determining that the number of the plurality of reference images is
greater than the threshold number, automatic operation to transmit the activation signal to control the remote electronic
system.

US Pat. No. 9,606,412

WINDOW SYSTEM WITH INDICIA

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window system comprising:
an electro-optic element comprising;
a first substantially transparent substrate defining first and second surfaces, wherein the second surface comprises a first
electrically conductive layer;

a second substantially transparent substrate defining third and fourth surfaces, wherein the third surface comprises a second
electrically conductive layer;

a primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define
a cavity therebetween; and

an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
element is operable between substantially clear and darkened states;

a polymeric dust cover positioned away from the electro-optic element defining at least two major surfaces; and
at least one indicia disposed in the dust cover, the indicia comprising a plurality of damage channels having an aspect ratio
greater than about 10:1.

US Pat. No. 9,858,807

WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE HANDLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A wireless control system for controlling a remotely controlled device, the wireless control system comprising:
a circuit assembly comprising:
a transceiver circuit;
an input device; and
a control circuit configured to control the transceiver circuit in response to an input received from the input device; and
wherein the circuit assembly forms a profile shape configured to be disposed in an internal passage formed within an end portion
of a handle portion of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,717,294

HINGED ATTACHMENT OF HEADGEAR TO A HELMET

GENTEX CORPORATION, Simp...

1. A method comprising:
providing a mounting rail including a plurality of holes;
placing the mounting rail on an outer surface of a helmet;
aligning the plurality of holes of the mounting rail with existing through-holes for retention straps in the helmet; and
inserting fasteners into the plurality of holes and the through-holes to affix the mounting rail and the retention straps
to the helmet,

wherein the mounting rail includes a retaining groove.

US Pat. No. 9,550,455

MULTI-FOCUS OPTICAL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imager system configured for a vehicle control system, said imager system comprising:
at least one imager configured to capture a multi-focus image having depth data, said imager comprising:
an image sensor comprising an array of pixels; and
an optics assembly in optical communication with said image sensor, said optics assembly configured to capture light rays
and comprising:

a main lens assembly configured to substantially focus a scene on to a plane;
a micro lens assembly in optical communication between said main lens and said image sensor to substantially focus on to same
said plane as said main lens assembly extending out to infinity, wherein a diameter of a first micro lens at an outer portion
of said micro lens assembly is different than a diameter of a second micro lens at an inner portion of said micro lens assembly;
and

a controller in communication with said imager, wherein said controller is configured to output a signal for controlling a
function of the vehicle, said signal based upon said depth data determined from said multi-focus image.

US Pat. No. 9,327,648

REARVIEW ASSEMBLY WITH EXPOSED CARRIER PLATE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly for a vehicle comprising:
a rearview device including a peripheral edge;
a carrier plate operably coupled with and disposed directly behind rearview device, the carrier plate including an exposed
peripheral wall with a forward edge and a rearward edge, wherein the forward edge is substantially aligned with the peripheral
edge of the rearview device; and

a housing including a forward lip configured to abut the rearward edge of the exposed peripheral wall to provide a substantially
smooth exterior transition from the housing to the exposed peripheral wall to the rearview device.

US Pat. No. 9,682,656

MOUNT INTERFACE TO SLIDE ON WINDSCREEN BUTTON

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview device attachment clip comprising:
a generally planar base, the base including a widened central section defining first and second opposing apexes; and
first and second opposing flex members extending from the base, the first and second opposing flex members including:
an arcuate flex portion extending from the base;
a connecting portion extending from the arcuate flex portion at an angle toward the base, such that an inside end of the connecting
portion is closer to the base than an outside end of the connection portion;

an engagement portion extending away from the connecting portion at an angle away from the base; and
forward and rearward extensions extending from the engagement portion at an angle away from the base.

US Pat. No. 9,552,723

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHANNEL FREQUENCY OFFSET ADJUSTMENT

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver for controlling a device, comprising:
a transceiver circuit;
a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit; and
memory coupled to the control circuit,
wherein the control circuit is configured to:
receive a signal from the device via the transceiver circuit;
determine a first frequency of a channel used by the device based on the signal strength of the signal received from the device;
determine, based on the first frequency, a second frequency; and
transmit an activation signal to the device at the second frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,514,373

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FOG DETECTION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for fog detection, comprising:
an imager configured to image a scene external and forward of a controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding
to the acquired images; and

a controller for analyzing the image data and configured to:
detect light sources of interest in the image data;
determine if each light source of interest is a foggy light or a clear light;
count a number of foggy lights and clear lights; and
generate a first signal if a fog entry condition is satisfied, wherein satisfaction of the fog entry condition is based on
a relationship between the number of foggy lights and the number of clear lights.

US Pat. No. 9,827,912

TIGHT BEZEL TO GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly comprising:
a housing;
a bezel; and
an electro-optic mirror element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first
substantially transparent substrate;

a second substantially transparent substrate, wherein the first and second substantially transparent substrates define a cavity;
and

an electro-optic material disposed within the cavity,
wherein the first substantially transparent substrate and at least one of the housing and bezel have a difference in coefficient
of thermal expansion between about 5 ppm and about 50 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,870,753

LIGHT SENSOR HAVING PARTIALLY OPAQUE OPTIC

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A light sensor package comprising:
an enclosure having a window for receiving light, the enclosure admitting at least a power connection pad, a ground connection
pad, and an input/output pad;

an exposed light transducer disposed within the enclosure, the exposed light transducer operative to accumulate charge in
proportion to light received through the window incident on the exposed light transducer over an integration period;

a light-to-pulse circuit in communication with the exposed light transducer, the light-to-pulse circuit operative to output
a pulse on the output pin, the pulse width based on the charge accumulated by the exposed light transducer over the integration
period; and

a nonvolatile memory within the enclosure for storing data from which calibration data may be obtained for the light sensor
package.

US Pat. No. 9,230,183

AUTOMATIC VEHICLE EQUIPMENT MONITORING, WARNING, AND CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An automatic vehicle equipment control system comprising:
at least one imager configured to acquire a continuous sequence of high dynamic range single frame images, and said at least
one imager comprising a pixel array;

a color spectral filter array in optical communication with said at least one imager, said color spectral filter array comprising
a plurality of color filters, at least a portion of which are different colors, and each said pixel being in optical communication
with substantially one said spectral color filter;

a lens in optical communication with said at least one imager and said color spectral filter array; and
a processor in communication with said at least one imager, said processor being configured to analyze said continuous sequence
of high dynamic range single frame images to detect any AC light sources and any DC light sources in said continuous sequence
of high dynamic range single frame images, wherein said processor generates a control signal that is used to control vehicle
equipment in response to analysis of said continuous sequence of high dynamic range single frame images, and wherein said
processor is configured to respond differently to detection of an AC light source than to the detection of a DC light source,

wherein said at least one imager is configured to have a sampling image repetition period that is longer than that of a flicker
cycle period of said AC light source.

US Pat. No. 9,857,657

ELECTROCHROMIC WHITEBOARD PRIVACY WINDOW OR DIVIDER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A partition assembly comprising:
a rigid support frame;
a first transparent pane in abutting contact with an inner surface of the frame, the first transparent pane including an interior
surface and an exterior surface;

an electro-optic element received within the frame and positioned adjacent the interior surface of the first transparent pane,
the electro-optic element operating between a transmissive condition and a dimmed condition, a surface of the electro-optic
element exhibiting a first level of spectral reflectivity at least when in the dimmed condition; and

a cover assembly received within the frame and positioned opposite the electro-optic element from the first transparent pane,
the cover assembly including a light transmitting sheet and a plurality of light sources disposed at edges of the light transmitting
sheet and to emit light into the light transmitting sheet to illuminate the light transmitting sheet with a diffuse light.

US Pat. No. 9,819,498

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS RE-PROGRAMMING OF MEMORY IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of programming memory in a wireless control system using a remote device, comprising:
providing new application code to the remote device, the new application code configured to enable the wireless control system
to train to and control a first one or more remote receiver devices;

independent of receiving a communication from one of the first one or more remote receiver devices, receiving the new application
code from the remote device using wireless communication between the wireless control system and the remote device;

updating, by a boot loader of the wireless control system, an existing application code stored in the memory of the wireless
control system with the new application code by controlling reprogramming of the existing application code in the memory of
the wireless control system, the existing application code configured to enable the wireless control system to train to and
control a second one or more remote receiver devices, wherein the first one or more remote receiver devices includes at least
one remote receiver device not included in the second one or more remote receiver devices, such that updating the existing
application code with the new application code newly enables the wireless control system to train to and control the at least
one remote receiver device not included in the second one or more remote receiver devices;

entering into a programming mode on the wireless control system;
authenticating the communication between the wireless control system and the remote device, wherein the authentication of
the communication includes:

transmitting information including at least one of a part number, a serial number, an application version, or a boot loader
version of the wireless control system from the wireless control system to the remote device;

verifying, at the remote device, that the new application code is compatible with the information;
in response to the application code being compatible with the information, sending a challenge from the remote device to the
wireless control system and sending an acknowledgement of the challenge from the wireless control system to the remote device;
and

in response to the application code not being compatible with the information, ending communication between the remote device
and the wireless control system; and

indicating a status of the authentication of the communication.

US Pat. No. 9,652,907

FIXED LOCATION BASED TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER FOR THE CONTROL OF REMOTE DEVICES SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for controlling a remote device from a vehicle, comprising:
a control device in the vehicle, comprising:
an operator input device configured to receive a user input;
a control circuit coupled to the operator input device; and
a first communications device coupled to the control circuit,
wherein the control circuit is configured to transmit a control signal in response to the user input using the first communications
device; and

a trainable transceiver located remotely from the vehicle, comprising:
a second communications device configured to receive the control signal;
a processing circuit coupled to the second communications device; and
a transceiver circuit coupled to the processing circuit;
wherein the processing circuit is configured to format an activation signal in response to the control signal, wherein the
processing circuit is further configured to wirelessly transmit the activation signal via the transceiver circuit, and wherein
the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.

US Pat. No. 9,633,772

SOLDERABLE PLANAR MAGNETIC COMPONENTS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An inductive component, comprising:
a printed circuit board having a first side and a second side;
an aperture defined by the printed circuit board, extending from the first side to the second side;
a conductive winding surrounding the aperture;
a core, formed by a first core member and a second core member, wherein the first core member comprises:
a first base member with a first joining surface, the first joining surface forming a first soldered connection to the first
side of the printed circuit board, and

a first core leg which extends at least partially through the aperture to function as at least a partial magnetic core for
the conductive winding, and

wherein the second core member comprises:
a second base member with a second joining surface, the second joining surface forming a second soldered connection to the
second side of the printed circuit board;

wherein the first joining surface is formed by the first base member extending outward from the first core leg; and
wherein an air gap is formed between a first portion of the first core member and the second core member.

US Pat. No. 9,575,315

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a front shield configured to block RF radiation and having a forward side and a rearward side, wherein a partially reflective,
partially transmissive element is mounted on the forward side;

a rear shield disposed behind the front shield;
a carrier plate disposed between the front shield and the rear shield;
a display module mounted between the front shield and the rear shield and including:
a display;
an optic block disposed behind the display;
a heat sink proximate to the optic block and having an edge lit PCB mounted along a top edge thereof; and
a primary PCB, wherein the front shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a first retaining
feature and the rear shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a second retaining feature; and

a housing which at least partially surrounds the partially reflective, partially transmissive element, the front shield, carrier
plate, display module, and rear shield.

US Pat. No. 9,434,313

LOW PROFILE OPTICAL LIGHTING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN OUTSIDE VEHICLE MIRROR AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A low profile optical lighting assembly for use in an outside vehicular mirror comprising:
at least one light source mounted to a first side of a printed circuit board (PCB) so as to project light through a gap in
the PCB to a second side of the PCB, wherein the light source has a height extending from the first side;

a lens optic device positioned on the second side of the PCB from the at least one light source and separated from the light
source, wherein the lens optic device is configured to receive light from the light source and spread the light over an aperture
larger than the gap, the aperture corresponding to at least one indicia;

a mirror element arranged parallel to the PCB comprising the at least one indicia, wherein light passing through the lens
optic device illuminates the at least one indicia, wherein the PCB and the mirror element are substantially parallel to provide
for the low profile; and

a cover member in direct contact with the first side of the PCB and forming a space approximately the height of the light
source from the PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,071,688

MULTI-FOCUS OPTICAL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display system configured as an occupant display system of a vehicle, comprising:at least one display assembly configured to display a multi-focus image having depth data and comprising:
a display comprising an array of pixels;
a light engine for generating an image on the display; and
an optics assembly in optical communication with the display and comprising:
a micro lens assembly configured to capture and output light rays from the display, wherein at least one of a diameter and profile of a first micro lens at an outer portion of the micro lens assembly is different than at least one of a diameter and profile of a second micro lens at an inner portion of the micro lens assembly; and
a main lens assembly configured to receive the light rays outputted from the micro lens assembly and to substantially project the light rays onto a plane; and
a controller in communication with the display assembly and configured to receive an input from an imager and output a signal for displaying an image having depth data on the display assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,029,940

LASER-SEPARATED EDGES WITH CONTROLLED ROUGHNESS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

11. A product, comprising:a substrate having:
a first surface;
an opposing second surface; and
a plurality of laser-induced channels extending between the first surface and the opposing second surface, the plurality of laser-induced channels at least partially defining a separation surface that extends between the first surface and the opposing second surface, wherein a roughness of the separation surface upon separation is a function of at least one of the size of the diameter of the laser-induced channels or the spacing between adjacent laser-induced channels such that the roughness of the separation surface is in a range from 0.6 to 3.7 micron Ra, and wherein at least one of (i) the diameter of the laser-induced channels is in a range from 1 to 8 microns or (ii) the spacing between the adjacent laser-induced channels is between 1 and 40 microns.

US Pat. No. 9,758,099

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display system, for use in a vehicle comprising:
an imager configured to capture images corresponding to a field of view rearward of the vehicle;
a processing unit in communication with the imager, the processing unit configured to receive data representative of the captured
images;

a display in communication with the processing unit, the display configured to display images based on the data representative
of the captured images received by the processing unit; and

wherein the processing unit is configured to:
receive vehicle operating data from the vehicle;
receive data corresponding to a detection of an object in proximity of the vehicle; and
control the field of view of the images displayed on the display in response to the vehicle operating data and the object
detected, wherein the processing unit is configured to control the field of view by:

selecting a first portion of the field of view for display in response to the operating data communicating that a speed of
the vehicle is less than a first speed threshold;

selecting a second portion of the field of view for display in response to the operating data communicating that a speed of
the vehicle is greater than the first speed threshold; and

selecting the first portion of the field of view for display in response to the object detected within a predetermined distance
of the vehicle, wherein the first portion of the field of view is prioritized for display in response to the object detected
within a predetermined distance range of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,511,708

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGING AN EXTERNAL SCENE BY EMPLOYING A CUSTOM IMAGE SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for imaging a scene external and forward of a controlled vehicle, comprising:
filtering light received from the scene with a color filter array operably coupled to an image sensor;
generating image data corresponding to the filtered light; and
analyzing the image data in a controller, the analyzing comprising:
obtaining a red brightness value, a green brightness value, and a blue brightness value of the filtered light;
mapping the red, green, and blue brightness values onto a color area of a color lane that intersects an RGB color cube;
determining a redness value of one or more specified points on the color area;
summing each redness value to determine a total redness value; and
comparing the total redness value to a threshold to determine if the filtered light is one of a headlamp and a taillight of
another vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,230,378

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAUSING GARAGE DOOR OPENER TO OPEN GARAGE DOOR USING AN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for causing a garage door opener to open a garage door, the system comprising:
a distance sensor configured to detect a distance to the garage door by directing a signal towards an opening defined by the
garage door;

an interface coupled to an environment sensor and configured to receive environment data from the environment sensor and configured
to receive distance data from the distance sensor; and

processing electronics coupled to the interface, configured to receive data from the interface, configured to use the received
environment data to determine whether an environmental condition exists, configured to use the received distance data to determine
if a vehicle is in a garage based on whether the detected distance is below a threshold, and configured to provide a command
to cause the garage door opener to open the garage door based on a determination that the environmental condition exists and
a determination that the vehicle is in the garage.

US Pat. No. 9,694,752

FULL DISPLAY MIRROR ACTUATOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side;
a substrate extending within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon; and
an actuation mechanism moveably coupling the substrate with the housing and including:
a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end of the mounting plate, the mounting plate
defining a socket open opposite the first end and first and second scalloped surfaces adjacent the socket; and

an actuation wheel including a pin, coupled within the cavity of the housing opposite the first end of the mounting plate
and rotatable about an axis, the pin moving with rotation of the actuation wheel into engagement with the socket and forcing
rotation of the mounting plate between a first position and a second position, the actuation wheel further including a cam
alternately engageable with the first scalloped surface in a first orientation opposing movement of the mounting plate out
of the first position and with the second scalloped surface in a second orientation opposing movement of the mounting plate
out of the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,607,494

SUPERVISED INTERCONNECT SMOKE ALARM SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A supervised interconnect hazard alarm system for providing interconnect supervision comprising:
a plurality of notification appliances comprising:
a first notification appliance;
a second notification appliance interconnected with the first notification appliance and configured to receive an input from
the first notification appliance; and

a last notification appliance interconnected with the first notification appliance, and configured to transmit an output to
the first notification appliance;

wherein each of the plurality of notification appliances comprises:
an interconnect input configured to receive an input signal from one of the plurality of notification appliances;
an interconnect output configured to transmit an output signal to another one of the plurality of notification appliances;
and

an alarm;
wherein the plurality of notification appliances are each interconnected to form a unidirectional loop configuration using
at least one interconnect line extending therebetween for providing supervision between the plurality of notification appliances
without the use of a central control panel;

wherein the unidirectional loop is a daisy chain loop, wherein the last notification appliance loops back to the first notification
appliance; and

wherein the plurality of notification appliances is configured to sound an interconnect alert if a change in state on the
at least one interconnect line is not detected within a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,586,669

AEROSPACE PROTECTIVE DUST COVER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window assembly for an aircraft, comprising:
a pressure pane;
a bezel proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defining an inner opening, the bezel including an inner wall with a
channel;

an electro-optic element disposed in the inner opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall, the
electro-optic element being capable of operation between a transmissive condition and a dimmed condition;

a dust cover proximate the bezel, the dust cover including an interior substrate and an exterior substrate, wherein the interior
substrate and the exterior substrate generally define a gap therebetween; and

a thermally absorbent liquid disposed in the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,956,911

OBJECT DETECTION FOR VEHICLES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicle warning system comprising:at least one sensor configured to detect a presence of a foreign object, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a remote detection device located in a remote location relative the vehicle, wherein the remote detection device is configured to detect the foreign object in the remote location obstructed from the vehicle;
a controller in communication with the sensor, wherein the controller is operable to:
control the sensor to complete a scan of a path of the vehicle for the foreign object; and
output a warning signal in response to the foreign object being present, wherein the warning signal is configured to communicate the detection of the foreign object located in the path of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,947,159

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDING A TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER TO A VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for controlling a remote device, comprising:a trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted at a first location; and
a remote button module separated from the trainable transceiver base station and configured to be maintained at a second location, wherein the remote button module is configured to:
analyze a control signal from a wireless transmitter to determine control information for controlling the remote device;
store the control information in memory of the remote button module;
wirelessly transmit the control information to the trainable base station for training the trainable transceiver base station; and
wirelessly transmit, to the trainable transceiver base station, a command signal indicated by a user input received at a user input device of the remote button module,
wherein the trainable transceiver base station is configured to respond to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device based on the control information and the command signal.

US Pat. No. 9,598,018

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a partially reflective, partially transmissive element; and
a full display module mounted behind said partially reflective, partially transmissive element, said display module comprising:
an optic block; and
a display in optical communication with said optic block, said display being one of an in-place switching liquid crystal display,
a fringe field switching liquid crystal display, and a vertically aligned liquid crystal display, wherein said display comprises:

a substrate;
an electrically conductive layer provided on an outside surface of said substrate; and
an electrically conductive connection to electrically connect said electrically conductive layer to ground to reduce a charge
build-up in said display.

US Pat. No. 9,586,516

HEADLIGHT LEVEL CONTROL WITH RESIDENTIAL DETECTION MODE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An automatic vehicle exterior light control system, comprising:
an optical sensor;
a processor in communication with the optical sensor and a speed sensor, the processor being configured to generate a plurality
of control signals configured to control a lighting level of at least one light source as a function of a speed signal received
from the speed sensor, wherein the processor is operable to:

detect a vehicle speed from the speed signal;
generate a first control signal configured to activate a first level of the light source;
generate a second control signal configured to activate a light control subroutine in response to:
the vehicle speed being maintained between a first speed and a second speed; and
a detection of an external light from an external light source detected by the optical sensor; and
wherein the light control subroutine comprises changing the light level from the first level to a second light level of the
light source and maintaining the second light level until the processor detects the vehicle speed exceeding a third speed,
wherein light is emitted from the at least one source in each of the first level and the second level.

US Pat. No. 10,017,847

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ION MILLING

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An anode layer ion source having a central axis and comprising:an inner cathode;
an outer cathode disposed around said inner cathode with a gap therebetween, said gap defining a loop having a straight portion joined with a turn portion;
an anode disposed as a ring along a perimeter of said inner cathode and proximate said gap between said outer and inner cathodes; and
at least one magnet proximate said inner cathode,
wherein said inner and outer cathodes and said anode are adapted to form, in response to a voltage applied therebetween, an electric field, said electric field having a direction with a component that lies in the same plane along the entire loop and that continuously changes along the turn portion of the loop such that the trajectories of electrons moving along the straight portion of the loop change to follow the turn portion of the loop when the electrons reach the turn portion of the loop, thereby reducing electron loss at said turn portion, and
wherein said at least one magnet is arranged to provide at least a portion of a magnetic field having a direction that changes along the turn portion of the loop, said direction of the magnetic field being different from the direction of the trajectories of the electrons at least at the turn portion of the loop.

US Pat. No. 9,927,609

HEADS UP DISPLAY SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A heads up display system of a vehicle, comprising:a combiner screen comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface;
a second substantially transparent substrate defining a third surface and a fourth surface;
a primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween;
an electro-optic material positioned within the cavity; and
a reflective polarizer positioned on one of the first and second surfaces, wherein the reflective polarizer comprises a wire grid polarizer and is positioned on the second surface of the first substrate and is electrically connected to the electro-optic material; and
a projector for projecting light having a first polarization toward the first surface of the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,908,474

DRIVE CIRCUIT FOR AN ELECTRO-OPTIC REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic rearview mirror system comprising:
an inside electro-optic rearview mirror element;
an outside electro-optic rearview mirror element electrically connected with the inside electro-optic rearview mirror element
such that at least a portion of current flows from the inside electro-optic rearview mirror element to the outside electro-optic
rearview mirror element via a line connecting the inside and outside electro-optic rearview mirror elements; and

a drive circuit in electrical communication with the inside electro-optic rearview mirror element and the outside electro-optic
rearview mirror element and comprising a first power operational amplifier and a second power operational amplifier, both
of which are configured as voltage followers, wherein the first power operational amplifier is configured to provide a current
to the inside and outside electro-optic rearview mirror elements, and wherein the second power operational amplifier is electrically
connected to the line connecting the inside and outside electro-optic rearview mirror elements and is configured to control
a voltage at a center point of the inside and outside electro-optic rearview mirror elements.

US Pat. No. 9,878,400

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF A LASER BEAM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A laser system configured to form laser-induced channels in a substrate at a plurality of spaced apart locations along
a process path, the laser system comprising:
a laser that produces a laser beam; and
a laser delivery assembly comprising a base and an optical assembly that moves relative to the base;
wherein the base supports the substrate and the optical assembly receives the laser beam along a receiving axis and directs
the laser beam toward the substrate along an impingement axis that forms an oblique angle with a surface of the substrate
such that a separation surface having a draft angle is formed along the process path when the substrate is separated into
a first portion and a second portion defined on opposite sides of the process path;

wherein the optical assembly includes a first mirror positioned to receive the laser beam along the receiving axis and a second
mirror positioned to receive the laser beam from the first mirror and direct the laser beam along the impingement axis; and

wherein the first mirror has a first reflective surface and the second mirror has a second reflective surface that is non-parallel
with the first reflective surface of the first mirror such that the second mirror receives the laser beam at a different angle
than the first mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,849,836

ROOF MOUNTED IMAGER MODULE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A roof mounted module for a vehicle comprising:
an imager housing in secure engagement with a roof of the vehicle, the imager housing defining a lateral aperture and a vertical
aperture;

an imager disposed in the imager housing and in communication with the lateral aperture; and
an antenna housing removably coupled to the imager housing an in communication with the vehicle via a data connection that
extends through the vertical aperture, wherein the vertical aperture is at least partially defined by a plurality of internal
walls that extend from a bottom of the antenna housing to a lower wall of the imager housing, such that the data connection
extends through the vertical aperture without extending into the imager housing.

US Pat. No. 9,838,653

ROOF MOUNTED IMAGER MODULE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imager module for a vehicle comprising:
a support including a first side and a second side;
a shroud operably coupled with the first side, wherein the support and the shroud define a cavity, the shroud including an
inner wall and an outer wall that at least partially covers the inner wall, wherein at least one air channel is defined between
the inner wall and the outer wall, the at least one air channel directing air over a lens cover;

a viewing aperture disposed in one of the support and the shroud;
an imager system disposed in the cavity proximate the lens cover; and
an electrical connector configured to provide communication with the imager system, wherein the electrical connector extends
outside the cavity through the support.

US Pat. No. 9,736,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVING A LOW FREQUENCY SPEAKER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A control circuit for a speaker configured to have a predetermined resonance frequency, the control circuit comprising:
a speaker driver;
a controller in communication with the speaker driver, the controller operable to control a drive frequency of the speaker,
wherein the controller is configured to:

monitor at least a sample of a current draw of the speaker in the form of a voltage signal;
identify a voltage differential of the voltage signal; and
adjust the drive frequency of the speaker in response to the voltage differential to maintain the resonance frequency;
wherein:
the voltage differential is identified by comparing a first voltage level of the voltage signal to a second voltage level
of the voltage signal;

the first voltage level occurs at a first time and the second voltage level occurs at a second time; and
the first time precedes the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,721,172

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH EGO MOTION DETECTION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system of a vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to acquire images of a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image data corresponding
to the acquired images; and

a controller configured to:
detect a plurality of objects of interest in the image data, wherein each object of interest comprises one of a moving object
and a stationary object;

analyze an optical flow between successive image frames, the optical flow including a pattern of apparent motion of the objects
of interest caused by a relative motion between the imager and the scene;

compute a vertical position value based on a change in vertical position for each object of interest appearing in the successive
image frames;

compute a vertical motion value based on a change in vertical position for only the objects of interest appearing in the successive
image frames as having a common apparent motion in a vertical direction;
determine the relative motion in the vertical direction based on a relationship between the vertical position value and the
vertical motion value;determine the relative motion in a horizontal direction based on a vehicle heading; andbased on the relative motion determined in the vertical and horizontal directions, correct for apparent motion and generate
a control signal provided to a vehicle device.

US Pat. No. 9,637,054

SWITCHABLE REARVIEW MIRROR ELEMENT WITH ANTI-REFLECTION MECHANISMS FOR USE WITH A DISPLAY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:
a switchable reflective element that is a switchable liquid crystal reflective element that, in response to an electrical
potential, is selectively switchable between a reflective mode and a transmissive mode, wherein said switchable reflective
element includes a front side and a rear side, where the front side is closer to a driver of the vehicle;

a display positioned behind the rear side of said switchable reflective element for displaying images through said switchable
reflective element when in the transmissive mode such that a large percentage of light from said display is transmitted through
said switchable reflective element while ambient light and glare light are absorbed; and

an anti-reflection coating provided on at least one of the front and rear sides of said switchable reflective element,
wherein, when in the reflective mode, said switchable reflective element reflects ambient light and glare light.

US Pat. No. 9,612,500

ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE WITH CONDUCTIVE SEAL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic assembly, comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate comprising:
a first surface, and
a second surface,
wherein the second surface comprises a first electrically conductive layer and a first isolation area separating portions
of the first electrically conductive layer;

a second substrate comprising:
a third surface, and
a fourth surface,
wherein the third surface comprises a second electrically conductive layer and a second isolation area;
a primary seal between the second and third surfaces, wherein the seal and the second and third surfaces define a substantially
hermetic cavity; and

an electro-optic medium at least partially disposed in the cavity,
wherein the primary seal comprises a plurality of conductive spacers, the seal disposed in contact with portions of the first
and second electrically conductive layers, and

further wherein a substantial portion of the plurality of conductive spacers is in substantial contact with the second and
third surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,600,950

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicle system comprising;
a vehicle communication module in the vehicle;
a remote start system in the vehicle; and
a vehicle processor configured to determine if the vehicle is in a garage, and wherein the vehicle processor is further configured
to:

receive an indication of a remote start request from the remote start system;
receive a garage door status from a garage door opener using the vehicle communication module;
determine, based on the received garage door status, if a garage door is closed; and
in response to determining that the garage door is closed, transmit, via the vehicle communication module, a remote command
to the garage door opener formatted to cause the garage door opener to open the garage door prior to allowing the remote start
system to start the vehicle;

wherein the remote start system is configured to secure the vehicle by at least one of locking a door of the vehicle, rolling
up a window of the vehicle, and arming an alarm of the vehicle, and the vehicle processor is further configured to:

receive a garage door status request transmission via the vehicle communication module; and
cause the remote start system to secure the vehicle in response to the garage door status request indicating that the garage
door is open.

US Pat. No. 9,563,071

APPARATUS, OPTICAL ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a substantially transparent substrate comprising at least one laser induced channel edge,
wherein said at least one laser induced channel edge comprises a plurality of laser induced channels spanning at least a portion
of a thickness of the substrate, and wherein said thickness is greater than 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,550,457

ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE WITH ULTRASONIC SOLDER BUS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electro-optic assembly, comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate comprising:
a first surface,
a second surface,
a first peripheral edge, and
wherein the second surface comprises a first electrically conductive layer and a first isolation area separating portions
of the first electrically conductive layer;

a second substrate comprising:
a third surface,
a fourth surface,
a second peripheral edge, and
wherein the third surface comprises a second electrically conductive layer;
a primary seal between the second and third surfaces, wherein the seal and the second and third surfaces define a substantially
hermetic cavity;

an electro-optic medium at least partially disposed in the cavity; and
an electrically conductive solder that is disposed on at least portions of at least one of the first and second peripheral
edges in electrical contact with one of the first and second electrically conductive layers

wherein the electrically conductive solder has a composition suitable for bonding the solder with an ultrasonic solder bonding
process to the at least portions of the first and second peripheral edges in electrical contact with one of the first and
second electrically conductive layers.

US Pat. No. 9,511,715

BACKLIGHTING ASSEMBLY FOR DISPLAY FOR REDUCING CROSS-HATCHING

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A backlight assembly for a display having a polarized transmission axis comprising:
a light source for emitting light;
a first brightness enhancement film having a plurality of prismatic elements extending in a first direction, and positioned
to receive light emitted from said light source, wherein the first direction extends at an angle of between about 5 degrees
and about 15 degrees offset from the polarized transmission axis of the display; and

a second brightness enhancement film having a plurality of prismatic elements extending in a second direction and positioned
to receive light exiting said first brightness enhancement film, wherein the second direction is substantially perpendicular
to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,045,183

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING A WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for configuring a vehicle wireless control system, comprising:a first circuit configured to receive a first information from a portable electronic device via near field communication using inductive coupling between the portable electronic device and the first circuit when the portable electronic device is brought within a near field of the first circuit, wherein the first information is based on a second information that the portable electronic device received from a remote device;
a second circuit configured to use the first information received from the portable electronic device to cause formatting of a control signal by selecting a frequency of the control signal and by generating a code to be included in the control signal based on the first information; and
a radio frequency transmitter operable in the vehicle wireless control system and configured to transmit the control signal to the remote device to control the remote device.
US Pat. No. 9,964,828

ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:a cathodic material covalently attached to, or confined within, a first polymer matrix; and
an anodic compound polymerized into a second polymer matrix;
wherein:
the cathodic material is a viologen;
the anodic compound is a phenazine, a bisphenazine, a phenothiazine, a bisphenothiazine, a triphenodithiazine, a bis(triphenodithiazine), a carbazole, a indolocarbazole, a biscarbazole, or a ferrocene;
the electrochromic device exhibits a high transmission state at short circuit and a low transmission state upon application of an electric potential;
the high transmission state is at least 5 times greater than the low transmission state; and
the electrochromic device is configured to maintain a transmission percentage within 20% of the low transmission state for at least 5 hours at open circuit after application of a potential sufficient to reach to the low transmissions state.

US Pat. No. 9,866,805

DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING AND SYSTEMS INCORPORATING THE SAME

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processing circuit for:
receiving an image obtained using a mosaiced spectral filter having red, green, and blue filtered pixels,
determining a direction of an edge feature in the image using only the color values in the received image that correspond
to like-color filtered pixels,

calculating a missing color value for at least one pixel location in the image using an interpolation equation that is selected
based on the direction of the edge feature in the image, wherein the selected interpolation equation generates a plurality
of product term multipliers, wherein said interpolation equation multiplies color values of neighboring pixels of the pixel
location by the product term multipliers, and wherein the only product term multipliers are each an integral power of 2, and

converting the received image into an output image including the missing color value for the at least one pixel location.

US Pat. No. 9,836,955

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER FOR COMMUNICATION TO A FIXED OR MOBILE RECEIVER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver for controlling a device, comprising:
an antenna array including at least two antennas, the antenna array configured to direct a transmission;
at least one location sensor; and
a control circuit coupled to the antenna array and coupled to the at least one location sensor,
wherein the control circuit is configured to control the antenna array to direct the transmission along an antenna heading
corresponding to a communication path between the trainable transceiver and the device, and wherein the control circuit is
configured to determine the communication path based on (A) a location of the trainable transceiver determined by the control
circuit based on information from the at least one location sensor and (B) a location of the device determined by the control
circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,836,905

SYSTEM FOR CAUSING GARAGE DOOR OPENER TO OPEN GARAGE DOOR AND METHOD

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for causing a garage door opener to open a garage door, comprising:
receiving first data at a processing circuit;
determining, by the processing circuit, whether an engine of a vehicle is started based on the first data;
determining, by the processing circuit, whether the vehicle is in a garage and the garage door is closed based on the data;
wherein the data used to determine whether the vehicle is in the garage and the garage door is closed includes data related
to an environmental condition within the garage and provided by at least one of an emission sensor, a vibration sensor, and
a temperature sensor; and

generating, by the processing circuit, a command configured to open the garage door based on determining that the engine of
the vehicle is started, the vehicle is in the garage, and the garage door is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,744,907

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM HAVING ADJUSTABLE DISPLAYED FIELD OF VIEW

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A vehicle display system for displaying images captured by a camera associated with a vehicle, wherein the camera has a
field of view and outputs image data representing a scene within the entire field of view of the camera, the display system
comprising:
a rearview assembly comprising:
a mounting structure configured for mounting to the vehicle;
a movable head pivotably attached to said mounting structure;
a display device positioned within said movable head for displaying a portion of the field of view of the camera;
a movement sensor for sensing movement of said movable head;
a mirror element disposed in said moveable head, wherein said display device is positioned behind said mirror element; and
a switch disposed on said moveable head for selectively activating and deactivating said display device; and
a processing circuit in communication with said switch, said movement sensor, and said display device for receiving the image
data from the camera and selecting the portion of the field of view to be displayed on said display device in response to
movement of said movable head as sensed by said movement sensor, wherein the portion of the field of view selected by the
processing circuit for display on the display device is smaller than the field of view of the camera represented by the image
data, and wherein any movement of said movable head that is sensed is overridden when said switch has been actuated to prevent
inadvertent adjustment of the portion of the field of view to be displayed on said display device caused by movement of said
movable head during actuation of said switch.

US Pat. No. 9,766,528

ELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICES WITH PLASTIC SUBSTRATES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:
a first flexible or rigid plastic substrate comprising:
a front surface; and
a rear surface;
wherein:
the rear surface comprises a first conductive material; and
the front surface, the rear surface, or both the front surface and the rear surface of the first substrate comprises a gas
diffusion barrier;

a second flexible or rigid plastic substrate comprising:
a front surface; and
a rear surface;
wherein:
the front surface comprises a second conductive material;
wherein:
the first substrate is joined to the second substrate by a sealing member, where the rear surface of the first substrate and
the front surface of the second substrate with the sealing member define a chamber therebetween;

the chamber comprising an electrochromic medium comprising a cathodic material and an anodic material; and
the first conductive material comprises a conductive nanowire coating, a conductive metal mesh, or an insulator/metal/insulator
stack (IMI stack).

US Pat. No. 9,718,409

FULL DISPLAY MIRROR WITH WORM GEAR DRIVEN TOGGLE MECHANISM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side;
a substrate coupled within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon; and
an actuation mechanism coupled within the housing and including:
a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end thereof;
a spring plate coupled with the mounting plate and having a resiliently deformable spring arm extending away from a second
end of the mounting plate opposite the first end;

a socket body rotatably coupled within the interior cavity of the housing about a socket axis parallel to the second end of
the mounting plate, the spring arm of the spring plate being operably coupled with the socket body at a coupling axis therebetween
and parallel to the socket axis, the coupling of the spring plate with the socket body directly linking rotation of the socket
body about the socket axis with relative movement of the housing with respect to the second end of the mounting plate; and

a motor coupled within the interior cavity of the housing and operably coupled with the socket body to drive rotation thereof
by a reduction mechanism including a worm gear.

US Pat. No. 9,691,271

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a device, comprising:
a first trainable transceiver;
communications electronics configured to receive training information via a cloud computing system from a second trainable
transceiver; and

a processing circuit coupled to the first trainable transceiver and the communications electronics, the processing circuit
configured to train the first trainable transceiver to learn to control a device using the training information received from
the cloud computing system remote from the device and vehicle via the communications electronics.

US Pat. No. 9,619,720

VEHICLE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN VEHICLE TAIL LIGHTS AND FLASHING RED STOP LIGHTS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to acquire one or more images of a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image data
corresponding to the one or more acquired images; and

a processor configured to receive and analyze the image data to detect one or more red light sources and to further analyze
each detected red light source to determine if each respective red light source is detected for a predetermined time period,

based on a determination that the respective red light source is not detected for the predetermined time period, the processor
is further configured to: (i) determine that the respective red light source is a flashing red stop light, and (ii) generate
a signal indicating that an illumination level of exterior lights of the vehicle should be reduced when a brightness of the
flashing red stop light exceeds a brightness threshold regardless of an absence of any other vehicles in the imaged scene.

US Pat. No. 9,620,005

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

6. A trainable transceiver for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a transceiver circuit configured based on training information to communicate with the remote device;
a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device;
an input mechanism, and
a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the input mechanism,
wherein the control circuit is configured to send a transmission to the mobile communications device via the communications
device and in response to an input received via the input mechanism, and wherein the transmission controls the mobile communications
device and causes the mobile communications device to perform an action.

US Pat. No. 9,614,565

UNIVERSAL WIRELESS TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER UNIT WITH INTEGRATED BIDIRECTIONAL WIRELESS INTERFACE FOR VEHICLES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of wireless communication and interfacing between a trainable transceiver located in a vehicle and a remote device,
comprising:
establishing bidirectional communication between the trainable transceiver and the remote device, wherein the trainable transceiver
waits to receive a request command from the remote device;

transmitting a request command from the remote device to the trainable transceiver, wherein the request command is configured
to cause the trainable transceiver to enter into one of the plurality of modes of operation; and

transmitting a response command from the trainable transceiver to the remote device based on the request command,
wherein the trainable transceiver enters into one of a plurality of modes of operation in response to the request command
from the remote device received during the bidirectional communication between the trainable transceiver and the remote device,
wherein entering into one of the plurality of modes of operation includes determining whether the request command from the
remote device is valid and:

upon determining that the request command is invalid, entering into a training mode, and
upon determining that the request command is valid, entering into the training mode when the request command is for normal
operation, and entering into a wireless diagnostic mode when the request command is for diagnostic mode.

US Pat. No. 9,576,408

BATTERY POWERED TRAINABLE REMOTE GARAGE DOOR OPENER MODULE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A remote garage door opener module for assembly into a vehicle and transmitting signals to a garage door opener, the module
comprising:
a bezel positionable against a headliner of the vehicle along an interior surface thereof in a position over a hole in the
headliner;

a housing enclosing a power source and electronic circuitry for transmitting the signals, the housing extending away from
a first side of the bezel and positionable at least partially through the hole in the headliner;

a button exposed at a second side of the bezel and coupled to the electronic circuitry; and
a mounting element selectively engageable with the headliner adjacent the hole and coupled with one of the housing or the
bezel for coupling the module with the headliner, and
wherein the mounting element is moveable with respect to the housing between a retracted position and an extended position,
the retracted position being such that the mounting element is disposed inwardly of an outer periphery of the bezel.

US Pat. No. 9,100,731

LOW POWER MICROPHONE CIRCUITS FOR VEHICLES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A low power microphone circuit for a vehicle, comprising:
at least one microphone transducer;
a digital signal processor for receiving output signals from said at least one microphone transducer and for generating a
digitally processed audio signal;

an output amplifier for amplifying the audio signal from said digital signal processor and modulating an input voltage with
the audio signal; and

a DC power supply separate from the output amplifier for supplying power to said digital signal processor;
said at least one microphone includes a first microphone transducer and a second microphone transducer;
said digital signal processor processes output signals from said first and second microphone transducers to produce a first
audio signal, wherein said output amplifier amplifies the first audio signal by modulating a first input voltage;

the low power microphone circuit further comprising:
a first terminal for connection to a vehicle power source providing the first input voltage and a first input current, said
first terminal coupled to said output amplifier;

a second terminal for connection to the vehicle power source providing a second input voltage and a second input current;
and

a second output amplifier coupled to said second terminal,
wherein said output amplifier and said DC power supply are electrically coupled in series.

US Pat. No. 9,954,518

RESISTOR MULTIPLEXED SWITCH WAKE-UP CIRCUIT

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A sensing circuit configured to activate a controller comprising:a first transistor configured to output an activation signal to the controller;
a plurality of switches configured to receive a user input in connection with a base of the transistor, each of the switches being connected to an identifying resistor; and
a first output node and a second output node in communication with the base of the transistor and each of the switches, the first output node and the second output node separated across an additional identifying resistor; wherein the first output node and the second output node are configured to output a characteristic voltage corresponding to a ratio of each of the identifying resistors in response to a user input received by each of the plurality of switches, wherein the characteristic voltage comprises a different voltage controlled in response to the user input received by each of the plurality of switches.

US Pat. No. 9,889,790

IMAGING SYSTEM WITH ADAPTIVE HIGH BEAM CONTROL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system comprising:
an image sensor configured to acquire one or more images of a scene external and forward of a controlled vehicle and to generate
image data corresponding to the acquired images;

a controller communicatively connected to the image sensor and configured to:
receive and analyze the image data;
detect an object of interest in the image data, wherein the object of interest is at least one of an oncoming vehicle and
a preceding vehicle;

generate an ON signal or an OFF signal based on the detection of the object of interest in the image data, or lack thereof,
wherein a high beam control of the vehicle is turned ON based on the ON signal, and wherein the high beam control of the vehicle
is turned OFF based on the OFF signal; and

modify a future response time at which the OFF signal is generated based on an external overriding of the ON signal or the
OFF signal.

US Pat. No. 9,841,173

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED INDICATOR SYMBOL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a reflective element;
a transmitter for selectively transmitting activation signals to a plurality of different remote devices;
a plurality of inputs for receiving user inputs that cause the transmitter to transmit an activation signal to the plurality
of different remote devices;

a mirror housing to support the reflective element, the transmitter, and the plurality of inputs; and
a symbol disposed behind said reflective element,
wherein the symbol is illuminated upon receipt of a user input by any one of the plurality of inputs,
wherein the symbol includes a reconfigurable display for displaying a selected number, wherein the selected number is selected
from a plurality of numbers corresponding to each one of the plurality of inputs, wherein the selected number is selected
based upon which one of the plurality of inputs received a user input such that the reconfigurable display displays a number
within the symbol corresponding to the input, and

wherein the reflective element is transflective such that the symbol is visible when illuminated and hidden when not illuminated.

US Pat. No. 9,834,146

AUTOMATIC DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:
an ambient light sensor for sensing an ambient light level and outputting an ambient light signal representative of the sensed
ambient light level;

a switchable reflective element that changes states between a high reflection mode and a low reflection mode;
an electrochromic cell positioned in front of said switchable reflective element for variably attenuating light reflected
from said switchable reflective element;

a display positioned behind said switchable reflective element for generating a displayed image visible through said switchable
reflective element and said electrochromic cell; and

a controller in communication with said ambient light sensor, said electrochromic cell, said switchable reflective element,
and said display, said controller compares the ambient light signal to a threshold level, wherein:

if the ambient light signal exceeds the threshold level, said controller activates said display, sets said switchable reflective
element to the low reflection mode and sets said electrochromic cell to a clear state with minimum attenuation, and

if the ambient light signal does not exceed the threshold level, said controller deactivates said display, sets said switchable
reflective element to the high reflection mode and varies attenuation by said electrochromic cell.

US Pat. No. 9,738,140

ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate;
second substantially transparent substrate substantially parallel to the first substantially transparent substrate and spaced
apart therefrom; and

an electrochromic medium disposed between the first substantially transparent substrate and the second substantially transparent
substrate;

wherein:
the electrochromic device is configured to exhibit a contrast ratio of at least 20,000:1, a darkening time less than about
30 seconds, and a clearing time of less than about 150 seconds; and

the electrochromic medium comprises:
an anodic electroactive material; and
a cathodic electroactive material comprising a N,N?-dialkyldipyridinium compound.

US Pat. No. 9,542,834

WIRELESS TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED INTERFACE AND GPS MODULES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A wireless control system for controlling remote electronic systems, said wireless control system comprising:
an operator input device having a plurality of preset buttons;
a transceiver module including an antenna;
a control module including a plurality of memory slots, each of said plurality of memory slots being associated with a respective
one of said plurality of preset buttons; and wherein said plurality of memory slots are capable of storing a control frequency,
a data code, and a vehicle position identifier and wherein said plurality of memory slots are greater in number than said
plurality of preset buttons such that more than one of said plurality of memory slots are associated with each of said plurality
of preset buttons, and wherein said each of said plurality of memory slots associated with said respective one of said plurality
of preset buttons is further associated with a different vehicle position identifier such that no more than one of said plurality
of memory slots is associated with a preset button of said plurality of preset buttons for any given vehicle position; and

an interface module in communication with said control module and a vehicle position determination device,
wherein, upon activation of one of said plurality of preset buttons, said control module selects one of said plurality of
memory slots associated with the activated one of said plurality of preset buttons having associated therewith a vehicle position
identifier corresponding to a current vehicle position, and reads the control frequency and data code from the selected one
of said plurality of memory slots.

US Pat. No. 10,112,540

FULL DISPLAY REARVIEW DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly comprising:a mount operably coupled to a vehicle interior, the mount including one of a ball and a socket extending forwardly therefrom;
an engagement plate pivotally coupled with the mount via the other of a ball and a socket extending rearwardly from the engagement plate, the engagement plate including a first support member and a second support member pivotally coupled to the first support member;
a carrier plate operably coupled with the engagement plate, the carrier plate supporting a rear housing on a rear portion thereof;
a glass element operably coupled with the carrier plate;
a display module being configured to be turned to an on state and an off state;
a glare sensor disposed between an optic tray and the carrier plate, the glare sensor being in optical communication with a light pipe that extends outside the rear housing; and
an actuator device disposed on a bottom surface of the rear housing and operably coupled with the glass element, wherein the actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in one direction, thereby moving the glass element to an off-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module, and wherein the actuator device is also adjustable to tilt the glass element in another direction, thereby moving the glass element to an on-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module.

US Pat. No. 9,995,854

REARVIEW ASSEMBLY WITH APPLIQUE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly for use in a vehicle, the rearview assembly comprising:a rearview device operably coupled with a carrier, the rearview device including a first substrate and a second substrate, wherein the first substrate is disposed in front of the second substrate and includes a first surface and a second surface, and wherein the second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface;
a bezel extending around a peripheral edge of the rearview device, a portion of the bezel extending behind the fourth surface of the second substrate;
an applique disposed over a front surface of the rearview device proximate the peripheral edge thereof, the applique including an aesthetic design configured to closely match trim styling of an interior of the vehicle; and
a protective layer disposed over the applique.

US Pat. No. 9,984,516

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDING A TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER TO A VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver base station for controlling remote devices, comprising:a first transceiver circuit configured to transmit activation signals to a plurality of remote devices;
a power connection configured to receive electrical power from a vehicle; and
a control circuit configured to cause the first transceiver circuit to:
select a communication protocol from a plurality of communication protocols based on a command signal and training information, wherein the command signal and the training information are received from a remote button module, wherein each communication protocol specifies transmission characteristics and a security protocol for controlling a corresponding remote device of the plurality of remote devices;
format an activation signal to control a remote device of the plurality of remote devices based on the training information and the selected proper communication protocol; and
transmit the activation signal when the command signal is received at the trainable transceiver base station,
wherein the trainable transceiver base station is located at a first location within the vehicle, and the remote button module is located at a second location within the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,916,769

IDENTIFICATION METHOD FOR TRAINING VEHICLE ACCESSORY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for identifying a programmable vehicle accessory with a mobile device, the method comprising:
receiving an input in the mobile device;
activating an identification function in a control circuit of the mobile device in response to the input;
initiating an image viewfinder on a display of the mobile device in response to the activation of the identification function;
capturing an image comprising image data of the programmable vehicle accessory with a camera system including at least one
feature;

identifying the at least one feature in the image data by processing the image data with a processor in communication with
the camera system and comparing the image data to a plurality of corresponding features of a plurality of compatible vehicle
accessories;

identifying the programmable vehicle accessory based on comparing the at least one feature;
accessing and displaying training information for the programmable vehicle accessory on the mobile device in response to identifying
the programmable vehicle accessory; and

actuating the programmable vehicle accessory based on the training information displayed on the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 9,910,310

VARIABLE REFLECTANCE MIRROR SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A variable reflectance mirror system for use in a rearview mirror, the variable mirror system having a front and a rear
opposite thereto and comprising:
at least one substrate, each substrate comprising a first surface corresponding to the front and a second surface opposite
the first surface;

at least one reflective polarizer rearward of at least one said substrate with respect to the front of the mirror system;
wherein each reflective polarizer comprises an anisotropic film, a wire-grid, a linear polarizer, a circular polarizer, or
an optical retarder;

wherein said at least one reflective polarizer is configured to transmit light having a first polarization and reflect light
having a second polarization;

wherein the second polarization is different from the first polarization;
a display rearward of at least one said reflective polarizer with respect to the front; and
wherein said display is configured to emit light having the first polarization that is transmitted by said reflective polarizer;
and

an opaque reflectance-enhancement layer (OREL) rearward of said at least one reflective polarizer with respect to the front,
wherein said OREL is opaque to light and located in a non-display portion of the mirror system, such that light transmitted
through said at least one reflective polarizer is reflected in said non-display portion by the OREL,

wherein the OREL comprises a transmittance of less than about 10% and a reflectance of at least 57%, and
further wherein the OREL, and the at least one reflective polarizer collectively depolarize ambient light reflected within
the system toward a viewer.

US Pat. No. 9,895,772

SECOND SURFACE LASER ABLATION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A product comprising:
a substrate;
a coating layer disposed over a first surface of the substrate;
a portion of the first surface of the substrate that is substantially free of the coating layer; and
an electrically conductive layer disposed between the substrate and the coating layer and over the portion of the first surface
of the substrate that is substantially free of the coating layer;

wherein an edge of the coating layer adjacent the portion of the first surface of the substrate that is substantially free
of the coating layer forms an average angle with the first substrate surface in a range of 30° to 120°, the edge of the coating
layer adjacent the portion of the first surface of the substrate that is substantially free of the coating layer has a characteristic
length, L, that is a length of the portion of the edge of the coating layer in which a thickness of the coating layer tapers
from a nominal coating layer thickness, t, to zero thickness, and L?100 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,892,331

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH EGO MOTION DETECTION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle, comprising:
an imager configured to acquire one or more images of a scene external and forward of the vehicle and to generate image data
corresponding to the one or more acquired images; and

a controller configured to:
analyze the image data to detect objects of interest in successive image frames, wherein each object of interest comprises
one of a moving object and a stationary object;

compute a first value based on a change in position for each object of interest appearing in the successive image frames;
compute a second value based on a change in position for only the objects of interest appearing in the successive image frames
as having a common apparent motion, wherein moving objects are excluded from the computation of the second value; and

determine a relative motion between the imager and the scene based on the first and second values.

US Pat. No. 9,884,591

DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES ACQUIRED BY A CAMERA SYSTEM ONTO A REARVIEW ASSEMBLY OF A VEHICLE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display system for use in a controlled vehicle, comprising:
a rearview assembly having a display device located behind a mirror element;
a camera system configured to acquire images of a rearward scene external of the controlled vehicle; and
a processing system configured to receive a signal representative of the acquired images and to produce images of the scene
on the display device of the rearview assembly, wherein the processing system is further configured to adjust the photosensitivity
of the camera system based on inputs from both a forward-facing ambient light sensor and a rearward-facing direct glare sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,875,650

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a transceiver circuit configured based on training information to communicate with the remote device;
a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device; and
a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, and coupled to the communications device,
wherein the control circuit is configured to:
transmit diagnostic information related to the trainable transceiver to a mobile communications device via the communications
device,

receive a signal generated based on the diagnostic information from the mobile communications device, and
adjust a frequency used by the transceiver circuit to communicate with the remote device based on the received signal.

US Pat. No. 9,836,966

ACCELEROMETER INTEGRATED WITH DISPLAY DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A driver assist system incorporated in a display device comprising:
an accelerometer;
a controller in communication with the accelerometer, the controller configured to:
receive at least one acceleration signal from the accelerometer; and
calculate a direction of rotation of the display device relative to an operating direction of a vehicle based on the at least
one acceleration signal, wherein the direction of rotation is utilized by the controller to calculate a drive side of the
vehicle, wherein the drive side of the vehicle comprises a left-hand traffic direction and a right-hand traffic direction.

US Pat. No. 9,805,589

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a camera;
a trainable transceiver; and
a control circuit coupled to the camera and the trainable transceiver, the control circuit configured to:
use geographic location information to determine that a current location of the vehicle is outside a building housing the
remote device and within a defined geographic boundary about the building in relation to the remote device;

responsive to the determination that the current location of the vehicle is within the defined geographic boundary about the
building, trigger initiation of a process of using the camera to identify the remote device and transmit an activation signal
formatted to control the remote device;

upon initiation of the process, use the camera to identify the remote device by comparing information received via the camera
to information stored in memory; and

automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device, using the trainable transceiver, in response
to identifying the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,044,991

IMAGER SYSTEM WITH MEDIAN FILTER AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system configured to display a captured image on a display having a lower dynamic range than the imaging system, the imaging system comprising:a high dynamic range imager configured to capture at least one high dynamic range image; and
a processing device communicatively connected to said high dynamic range imager, wherein said processing device is configured to rank each element of an array with respect to an ordering criterion and select a median element, where the median element is a function of a ratio of a non-reference color component of a pixel to a reference color component of the pixel, wherein said ordering criterion comprises a discrete ranking value assigned to every element.

US Pat. No. 10,025,138

ILLUMINATING DISPLAY WITH LIGHT GATHERING STRUCTURE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly comprising:a housing;
an electro-optic element disposed within the housing;
a light gathering structure operably coupled with a first side of the electro-optic element and configured to draw ambient light from outside the housing;
a display module disposed within the housing and operable between an on state and an off state;
a light relaying structure operably coupled with a second side of the electro-optic element and configured to relay light from the electro-optic element to a first edge of the display module; and
a backlit module disposed at a second edge of the display module.

US Pat. No. 9,994,156

REARVIEW DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview device comprising:a housing including a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
an electro-optic element operably coupled with the first side of the housing;
a rear trim bezel disposed on the second side of the housing;
a rear trim plate operably coupled with the second side of the housing;
a peripheral gap defined between the rear trim plate and the second side of the housing; and
a spacing truss disposed in the peripheral gap, the spacing truss including first and second lateral walls extending to the rear trim bezel.

US Pat. No. 9,976,726

DUST COVER ASSEMBLY WITH EDGE LIGHT

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window assembly comprising:a pressure pane;
a bezel proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defining an inner opening, the bezel including an inner wall with a channel;
an electro-optic element disposed in the inner opening and received in the channel of the inner wall, the electro-optic element operating between a transmissive condition and a dimmed condition, a surface of the electro-optic element exhibiting a first level of spectral reflectivity at least when in the dimmed condition; and
a dust cover assembly proximate the bezel, the dust cover assembly including a light transmitting sheet and a plurality of light sources disposed at edges of the light transmitting sheet and to emit light into the edge of the light transmitting sheet to illuminate a surface of the light transmitting sheet extending between the edges with a diffuse light having a uniform appearance over the surface.

US Pat. No. 9,836,956

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER WITH ORIENTATION BASED ANTENNA POWER CONTROL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver for controlling a device, comprising:
an antenna configured to receive power from a power source;
at least one orientation sensor; and
a control circuit coupled to the antenna and the at least one orientation sensor,
wherein the control circuit is configured to determine an orientation of the antenna based on data from the at least one orientation
sensor, wherein the control circuit is configured to control an amount of power received by the antenna based on the determined
orientation of the antenna to substantially maintain an effective range of the antenna regardless of a change in the orientation
of the antenna, and wherein the trainable transceiver is configured to be capable of controlling the device based on at least
one signal characteristic stored in memory during a training process.

US Pat. No. 9,767,695

STAND ALONE BLIND SPOT DETECTION SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A blind spot detection system for a vehicle comprising:
an external rearview device including a substrate having an at least partially transmissive portion;
a removable imaging device comprising a rounded sleeve; and
a carrier plate comprising:
a rounded receiving aperture; and
a mechanical fastener proximate the receiving aperture, the mechanical fastener comprising a collar; and
wherein the removable imaging device is supported by the carrier plate and is positioned behind the carrier plate and the
at least partially transmissive portion;

wherein the rounded sleeve of the removable imaging device is configured to rotateably engage with the collar of the mechanical
fastener and the rounded receiving aperture of the carrier plate; and

wherein the removable imaging device includes a field of view that extends through the substrate at an angle away from the
vehicle in a direction of a vehicle blind spot.

US Pat. No. 9,769,430

IMAGER SYSTEM WITH MEDIAN FILTER AND METHOD THEREOF

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging system configured to display a captured image on a display having a lower dynamic range than the imaging system,
the imaging system comprising:
a high dynamic range imager configured to capture at least one high dynamic range image; and
a processing device communicatively connected to said high dynamic range imager, wherein said processing device is configured
to:

reduce color speckles caused by errant interpolated pixel values using a median filter,
reduce occurrence of errant values of alternate color while maintaining at least one of sharpness detail and edge detail,
smooth color rendering in a displayed image,
rank each element of an array with respect to an ordering criterion and select a median element, where the median element
is a function of a ratio of a non-reference color component of a pixel to a reference color component of the pixel, wherein
said ordering criterion comprises a discrete ranking value assigned to every element, and

sort elements with equal values in a prescribed sequence so each element has a rank that is unique within a set, wherein a
middle element is always specified.

US Pat. No. 9,707,892

MULTI-FOCUS OPTICAL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imager system for a vehicle, comprising:
at least one imager configured to capture a multi-focus image having depth data, the imager comprising:
at least one image sensor comprising an array of pixels; and
an optics assembly comprising:
a main lens assembly configured to capture light rays from a scene of a vehicle environment and substantially focus the light
rays on to a plane; and

at least one micro lens assembly in optical communication with the main lens assembly and the at least one image sensor, wherein
at least a portion of the light rays outputted from the main lens assembly pass through the at least one micro lens assembly
and is received by the at least one image sensor;

a controller in communication with the at least one imager, wherein the controller is configured to output a signal to a vehicle
control system based upon the depth data of the multi-focus image;

an interface disposed between the at least one image sensor and the at least one micro lens assembly, the interface comprising
an index of refraction changing material configured to alternate between a first refractive index and a second refractive
index.

US Pat. No. 9,575,359

EMISSIVE DISPLAY SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An emissive display system, comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein an
electrically conductive layer is positioned directly on the first surface of the first substrate and in electrical contact
with a conductive material positioned on an edge of the first substrate;

a second substantially transparent substrate having third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein
at least one of the third and fourth surfaces comprises a second electrically conductive layer;

a primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define
a cavity therebetween;

an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states; and

a substantially transparent light emitting display disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, wherein the electro-optic
device is converted to the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.

US Pat. No. 10,096,186

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for controlling a device, comprising:a trainable transceiver operable in a vehicle;
communications electronics configured to receive, via a cloud computing system, configuration information related to controlling a remote device separate from the vehicle; and
a processing circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the communications electronics, the processing circuit configured to train the trainable transceiver to control the remote device using the configuration information received via the cloud computing system.

US Pat. No. 9,937,863

FORWARD VIEWING CAMERA CONFIGURED TO CONTROL OUTSIDE ELECTRO-OPTIC MIRROR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

16. A method of adjusting a brightness of a display element for a host vehicle, the method comprising:identifying a taillight of a detected vehicle from data received from a sensor;
calculating a passing period for the host vehicle to pass the detected vehicle based on a change in the data received from the sensor; and
adjusting a display property of the display element based on the passing period to limit a glare displayed by the display element.

US Pat. No. 9,939,701

PROTIC-SOLUBLE ORGANIC ELECTROCHROMIC COMPOUNDS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic medium comprising a cathodic material, an anodic material, and a liquid or gel that comprises a protic solvent; wherein the electrochromic medium comprises at least one ofa cathodic protic-soluble electrochromic material represented by Formula (I):

wherein
R1 and R2 are each independently —(CH2)m—CO2?, —(CHn)—P(O)(OH)(O?), —(CH2)p—OP(O)(OH)(O?), or —(CH2)q—S(O)2O?;
R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, and R10 are each independently H, OH, O-alkyl, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, alkyl, or aryl;
n is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10;
m, p, and q are each independently 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10;
a cathodic protic-soluble electrochromic material represented by Formula (II):

wherein
R11 and R12 are each independently an alkyl group substituted with a N+(R21)3 or P+(R22)3;
R13, R14, R15, R16, R17, R18, R19, and R20 are each independently H, OH, O-alkyl, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, alkyl, or aryl;
R21 and R22 are independently at each occurrence be alkyl substituted with a carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, or sulfonate or phenyl substituted with a carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, or sulfonate; and
M1 is independently at each occurrence an alkali metal, an alkali earth metal, or an ammonium compound;
an anodic protic-soluble electrochromic material of represented by Formula (III):

wherein
R23 and R28 are each independently alkyl or alkyl substituted with a carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, or sulfonate, provided that at least one is alkyl substituted with a carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, or sulfonate;
R24, R25, R26, R27, R29, R30, R31, and R32 are each independently H or alkyl;
x is an integer corresponding to the number of carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, sulfonate groups; and
M2 is independently at each occurrence an alkali metal, an alkali earth metal, or an ammonium compound; and
an anodic protic-soluble electrochromic material represented by Formula (V), (VI), or (VII)

wherein
E1, E2, E3, E4, and E5 are each independently O, S, or NR47;
R38, R47, R65, and R66 are independently at each occurrence an alkyl group substituted with a carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, or sulfonate;
R39, R40, R41, R42, R43, R44, R45, R46, R48, R49, R50, R51, R52, R53, R54, R55, R56, R57, R58, R59, R60, R61, R62, R63, R67, R68, R69, R70, R71, R72, R73, R74, R75, and R76 are each independently H, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, OH, O-alkyl, SH, S-alkyl, NO2, alkyl, aryl, or amino, or any two adjacent groups of join to form a monocyclic, polycyclic, or heterocyclic group;
R64 is alkylene;
y, y?, and y? are each independently an integer corresponding to the number of carboxylate, phosphonate, phosphate, sulfonate groups; and
M4, M5, and M6 are independently at each occurrence an alkali metal, an alkali earth metal, or an ammonium compound.

US Pat. No. 9,922,548

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a trainable transceiver;
a first camera;
a second camera;
an output device; and
a control circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver, the first camera, and the second camera, the control circuit configured
to:

apply a stereo camera distance detection technique on data received from the first camera and the second camera to determine
a position of a vehicle within a garage and determine whether the vehicle is well positioned within the garage based on the
determined position of the vehicle, vehicle size information, and garage information, such that a garage door will not contact
the vehicle upon activation; and

provide an indication that the vehicle is well positioned using the output device to indicate that the garage door will not
contact the vehicle upon activation in response to determining that the vehicle is well positioned within the garage.

US Pat. No. 9,858,806

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a trainable transceiver;
a user interface element for activating the remote device;
a camera; and
a control circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the camera, the control circuit configured to:
use, responsive to receipt of an input on the user interface element, the camera to extract information from a machine readable
image associated with the remote device;

identify the remote device by comparing the extracted information to information stored in memory;
determine which of a plurality of activation signals to transmit from the trainable transceiver based on the identification
of the remote device;

automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device, using the trainable transceiver, in response
to the determination of which of the plurality of activation signals to transmit based on the identification of the remote
device; and

stop comparing the extracted information to information stored in memory when the trainable transceiver is outside a geographic
boundary, after a predetermined period of time, or after a predetermined number of failed comparisons of the extracted information
to information stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 9,720,278

LOW COST OPTICAL FILM STACK

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A backlight assembly for a display having a polarized transmission axis comprising:
a light source for emitting light;
a first brightness enhancement film having a plurality of prismatic elements extending in a first direction, and positioned
to receive light emitted from the light source;

a second brightness enhancement film having a plurality of prismatic elements extending in a second direction; and
a diffuser positioned to receive light exiting the first brightness enhancement film, wherein light exiting the diffuser enters
the second brightness enhancement film.

US Pat. No. 9,715,772

INTERNET-CONNECTED GARAGE DOOR CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An in-vehicle remote garage door opener integrated into a vehicle for transmitting signals through the internet to a garage
door opener, the remote garage door opener comprising:
a trainable RF transceiver for receiving an RF signal during a training mode and transmitting an RF signal to the garage door
opener in an operating mode;

a user-actuated input;
an interface configured to communicate with an internet-connected device; and
a controller coupled to said user-actuated input, said trainable RF transceiver, and said interface, wherein, upon actuation
of said user-actuated input, said controller is configured to request a signal to be transmitted by the internet-connected
device through the internet to the garage door opener that responds to the signal by opening/closing a garage door,

wherein the internet-connected device is an internet-connected mobile device that is mobile relative to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,711,039

INCREASING RADIO FREQUENCY POWER OF ACTIVATION MESSAGES BY ADDING DEAD TIME

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device, comprising:
a transceiver circuit configured to receive a first activation signal from an original transmitter and configured to transmit
a second activation signal;

a user input device; and
a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit and the user input device,
wherein the control circuit is configured to format and transmit the second activation signal, based on the first activation
signal, in response to a user input received at the user input device; and

wherein the control circuit is configured to reduce a duty cycle of the second activation signal relative to the first activation
signal and increase a radio frequency power of the second activation signal relative to the first activation signal, while
maintaining, for the second activation signal, an average radio frequency power over a predetermined amount of time below
a predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 9,709,869

ELECTRO-OPTIC SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO REDUCE A PERCEIVED COLOR CHANGE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic system comprising:
an electrochromic element comprising:
a front element comprising first and second surfaces;
a rear element comprising third and fourth surfaces, wherein said front and rear elements are sealably bonded together in
a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, such that said second surface and said third surface face one another;

a transparent first electrode comprising a layer of conductive material carried on said second surface;
an electrochromic medium contained in said chamber, wherein said electrochromic medium is adapted to be in at least a high
transmittance state and a low transmittance state; and

a partially transmissive, partially reflective second electrode; and
a display device in optical communication with said electrochromic element, said display device comprising at least one light
source,

wherein said display device being configured to emit at least a first primary and a second primary, and said first and second
primaries each having a first hue (hab) when viewed through said electrochromic element in said high transmittance state and a second hue (hab?) when viewed through said electrochromic element in said low transmittance state, wherein a change in said first and second
hues (?hab) for both first and second primaries is less than approximately 31 degrees, and

wherein the ratio of the intensities of the two primaries is held relatively constant by altering the display settings for
the two transmittance states.

US Pat. No. 9,573,525

MIRROR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A mirror mounting assembly for a rearview mirror, comprising:
a housing connector having a first pivot member which is operably connected with a first end of an extension tube;
a spring clip having a plurality of legs that each include a locating aperture and a distal end with an outwardly facing hook;
a mount operably coupled with the spring clip, the outwardly facing hook of each distal end engaging a windshield bracket,
wherein the windshield bracket supports a sensor assembly having protuberances engaging the locating apertures of the spring
clip against a vehicle windshield; and

a second pivot member having a first side operably connected with a second end of the extension tube and a second side operably
connected with the mount.

US Pat. No. 9,575,360

EMISSIVE DISPLAY SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An emissive display system, comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having a first electrically conductive material associated therewith;
a second substantially transparent substrate spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity therebetween, the second
substrate having a second electrically conductive material associated therewith;

a third electrically conductive material positioned directly on a first surface of the first substrate and in electrical contact
with a conductive material positioned on an edge of the first substrate;

an electro-optic medium disposed within the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, the electro-optic medium comprising at least one solvent,
at least one anodic material, and at least one cathodic material;

one or more spacing members deposited on one of the first substrate and the second substrate and configured to maintain a
cell spacing between the first and second substrates, wherein the one or more spacing members at least substantially dissolve
upon association with the electro-optic medium; and

a substantially transparent light emitting display operably coupled to the electro-optic device, wherein the electro-optic
device is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.

US Pat. No. 9,539,930

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAR VIEW MIRROR DISPLAYS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for coupling to a vehicle and for causing actuation of a remote device via a control signal transmission, comprising:
a transmitter for causing the control signal transmission to the remote device;
a receiver configured to receive status information from the remote device; and
a circuit configured to:
determine a status of the remote device based on the received status information; and
while the vehicle is in reverse, cause a back-up display to indicate the status of the remote device in response to determining
the status.

US Pat. No. 10,342,167

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELD FOR REARVIEW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

12. An electromagnetic radiation assembly for a rearview device comprising:a circuit board including a grounded heat sink extending over the circuit board;
a thermal pad disposed between the circuit board and the grounded heat sink; and
an electromagnetic shield disposed about a periphery of the circuit board, the electromagnetic shield comprising:
a first component having a plurality of spring tabs extending away from the circuit board, wherein the spring tabs engage the grounded heat sink; and
a second component slidingly received within the first component and having a bridge extending across a midportion of the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,071,689

REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM WITH A DISPLAY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview device system, comprising:a partially reflective, partially transmissive element;
a display module in optical communication with said partially reflective, partially transmissive element, including:
a display element;
an optic block in optical communication with said display element;
a first circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through said optic block and edge lights said display element;
an optic holder operably connected to said optic block and defining at least one aperture;
a second circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through said at least one aperture and said optic block to back light at least one of a portion of said display element and an icon; and
wherein said light emitted by said light source of said first circuit board and said light source of said second circuit board is visible through the partially reflective, partially transmissive element.

US Pat. No. 10,040,763

ELECTROCHROMIC COMPOUNDS WITH IMPROVED COLOR STABILITY IN THEIR RADICAL STATES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:a non-dimerizing electrochromic compound represented by Formula (I):

wherein:
R1 and R2 are individually alkyl, siloxyalkyl, hydroxyalkyl, alkenyl, or aralkyl;
R4, R6, R8, and R10 are individually H, OR20, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, alkyl, or aryl;
R3 and R5 are individually secondary alkyl, tertiary alkyl, or a group of Formula (II):

wherein:
R11, R12, R13, and R14 are individually H, OR20, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, or alkyl;
R15 is OH, F, Cl, Br, I, CN, NO2, —OC(O)NR16R17, Et, Pr, iso-propyl, butyl, sec-butyl, tert-butyl, alkoxy, or OC(O)NH(CH2)nCOOH;
R16 is H or alkyl; and
R17 is H, methyl, ethyl, propyl, iso-propyl, butyl, sec-butyl, tert-butyl, or —(CH2)nSi(OR18)3;
R18 is H or alkyl; and
n is 1 to 10;
R7 and R9 are H;
R20 is H or alkyl; and
X is an anion.

US Pat. No. 10,018,843

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a front shield configured to block radiation and having a first side and a second side, wherein an electro-optic element is mounted on the first side;
a rear shield configured to block radiation and disposed behind the front shield;
a carrier plate disposed between the front shield and the rear shield;
a display module mounted between the front shield and the rear shield, wherein the electro-optic element is adjustable to an off-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes an activation state of the display module, and wherein the electro-optic element is also adjustable an on-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the activation state of the display, the display module including:
a display, wherein a planar extent of the display is parallel with a planar extent of the electro-optic element;
an optic block disposed behind the display;
a heat sink proximate to the optic block and having an edge lit PCB mounted along a top edge thereof; and
a primary PCB, wherein the front shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a first retaining feature and the rear shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a second retaining feature; and
a housing which at least partially surrounds the electro-optic element, the front shield, the carrier plate, the display module, and the rear shield.

US Pat. No. 9,965,947

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND METHOD OF OPERATION UTILIZING EXISTING VEHICLE USER INTERFACES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A trainable transceiver unit, comprising:an existing user input interface of a vehicle configured to receive a user input;
a transceiver circuit configured to receive control signals from original transmitters and transmit activation signals to control operation of remote devices; and
a processing circuit configured to:
operate in a training mode to learn a plurality of activation signals for controlling operation of a corresponding remote device of a plurality of remote devices and to associate each of a plurality of predetermined vehicle input patterns received via the existing user input interface with a corresponding activation signal of the plurality of activation signals,
receive a vehicle input pattern from the existing user input interface of the vehicle,
identify a remote device from the plurality of remote devices corresponding to the vehicle input pattern, and
cause the transceiver circuit to transmit an activation signal for controlling the identified remote device associated with the vehicle input pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,704,049

DRIVER ASSIST SYSTEM UTILIZING AN INERTIAL SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An apparatus configured to adjust a processing function for image data for a vehicle control system, the apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture the image data corresponding to a field of view;
a controller in communication with the image sensor; and
an inertial sensor in communication with the controller, wherein the controller is operable to:
receive the image data from the image sensor;
receive an acceleration signal corresponding to an orientation of a host vehicle from the inertial sensor;
initiate a function configured to scan the image data for at least one characteristic of a target vehicle;
offset an origin of the field of view of the image data to generate an adjusted origin in response to the acceleration signal;
utilize the adjusted origin for identifying the characteristic in the image data; and
output a control signal configured to communicate the identification of the at least one characteristic of the target vehicle,
wherein the control signal is output to a headlight control system configured to control an aim or a level of a headlight
of the host vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,694,751

REARVIEW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly comprising:
an electro-optic element including:
a front substrate defining a first surface and a second surface and a front side edge disposed between the first surface and
the second surface, wherein a first area defined by the first surface is smaller than a second area defined by the second
surface, and wherein the front side edge tapers outwardly from the first surface to the second surface;

a rear substrate operably coupled with the front substrate and spaced a predetermined distance therefrom, the rear substrate
defining a third surface and a fourth surface and a rear side edge disposed between the third surface and the fourth surface,
wherein a perimeter of the rear substrate is larger than a perimeter of the front substrate, such that an outer portion of
the third surface is exposed, thereby defining a peripheral step between the front side edge and the rear side edge; and

an electro-optic material disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate; and
a bezel configured to extend around the rear substrate, over the outer portion of the third surface.

US Pat. No. 9,641,773

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGING DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imaging device, comprising:
an array of pixels partitioned into at least 16 parallel addressable groups of pixels, each of the parallel addressable group
of pixels independently selectable and the active pixels of each of the parallel addressable group of pixels subject to at
least one specified task;

wherein the at least one specified task is a selective reset task performed as a single task simultaneously operating on at
least a substantial subset of active pixels of a selected one of the parallel addressable group of pixels; wherein the selective
reset task determines active pixels to selectively reset and performs the reset selectively according to a determination and
recordation of an indication of a reset for each individual pixel which is reset, the at least one specified task performed
in parallel for at least a substantial subset of pixels in said selected parallel addressable group of pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,764

ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window control system comprising:a plurality of electro-optic windows each having a variable transmittance level;
a portable control unit for generating wireless control signals for controlling transmittance levels of the plurality of electro-optic windows; and
a plurality of window control circuits each coupled to a respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows and each comprising a transceiver for receiving the wireless control signals from the portable control unit, and each configured to adjust the transmittance level of the respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows in response to a wireless control signal received by the transceiver from the portable control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,115,302

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system for controlling remote devices, comprising:a camera in a vehicle;
an output device; and
a control circuit of a trainable transceiver configured to:
use data from the camera to determine a position of the vehicle within a garage;
use the data from the camera to determine a distance between the vehicle and a wall of the garage;
determine, based on the position of the vehicle within the garage, whether a garage door will contact the vehicle upon activation of the garage door;
determine, based on the distance between the vehicle and the wall of the garage, whether the vehicle is well-positioned in the garage such that the garage door will not contact the vehicle upon activation;
provide an indication via the output device indicating whether the garage door will contact the vehicle upon activation; and
automatically transmit an activation signal to a garage door opener communicatively coupled to the garage door formatted based on the determination that the garage door will not contact the vehicle upon activation.

US Pat. No. 10,023,028

SWITCHABLE VARIABLE TRANSMITTANCE WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A substantially optically transparent cover for a variable transmittance window assembly, the cover comprising:a first optically transparent substrate serving as said cover for the variable transmittance window assembly and having an area of at least 0.1 m2; and
a user interface (UI) on a surface of said first optically transparent substrate and devoid of moveable elements, the UI including visually perceivable indicia representing an operational parameter of said variable transmittance window assembly, wherein the UI is transparent with the exception of the visually perceivable indicia,
wherein the variable transmittance window assembly comprises an electro-optic device comprising:
a first transparent member,
a second transparent member spaced from the first transparent member,
a seal disposed between the first and second members about the perimeter thereof to thereby form a chamber, and
an electro-optic medium disposed within the chamber,
wherein said first optically transparent substrate of the cover is configured to be mounted spaced apart from, and not in direct contact with, the electro-optic device.

US Pat. No. 9,981,594

CAMERA BASED HEADLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A lighting system for a vehicle comprising:an imager configured to capture image data in a plurality of image frames in a field of view rearward relative to the vehicle;
at least one headlamp configured to output at least one emission of light at a plurality of elevations; and
a controller in communication with the imager and the at least one headlamp, wherein the controller is operable to:
process the image data identifying at least one feature in a first frame and a second frame of the plurality of image frames;
identify a feature movement based on a pixel shift of the at least one feature from the first frame to the second frame;
calculate a magnitude of a vehicle movement based on the pixel shift in the image data of the at least one feature in the image data; and
adjust the elevation of the output emission in response to the vehicle movement,
wherein a magnitude of the vehicle movement is calculated based on a comparison of the pixel shift to a focal length of the imager.

US Pat. No. 9,978,317

ELECTRO-OPTIC MIRROR HAVING USER-ADUSTABLE DIMMING WITH VISUAL FEEDBACK

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, the rearview mirror assembly comprising:an electro-optic mirror element that reflects images from the rear of the vehicle, wherein the reflected images may be dimmed in response to a detection of glare light from headlights of a trailing vehicle;
a user input for receiving user adjustment of an extent to which the electro-optic mirror element is to be dimmed to reduce glare light from headlights of trailing vehicles;
a processor coupled to the electro-optic mirror element and the user input for adjusting the extent to which the electro-optic mirror element is dimmed in response to user adjustment via the user input; and
a display positioned behind the electro-optic mirror element for displaying images of a rearward scene to a driver of the vehicle, wherein,
when user adjustment is made via the user input, the processor causes simulated images of vehicle headlights to be displayed on the display where the simulated images are dimmed to a level selected by the user and immediately informative of the extent to which the electro-optic mirror element will be dimmed.

US Pat. No. 9,766,496

ELECTRO-OPTIC STRUCTURES HAVING A GLASS STRIP AS A SEAL

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An emissive display system, comprising:
an electro-optic device comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein a
first electrically conductive layer is positioned on the second surface of the first substrate and a third electrically conductive
layer is directly positioned on the first surface of the first substrate to define a dual coated substrate;

a second substantially transparent substrate having third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof, wherein
at least one of the third and fourth surfaces comprises a second electrically conductive layer;

a primary seal between the second and third surfaces comprising:
a first epoxy layer and a second epoxy layer,
a plurality of beads disposed within the first and second epoxy layers, and
a gasket disposed between the first and second epoxy layers,
wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define a substantially hermetic cavity therebetween; and
an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity, the electro-optic medium being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic
device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states; and

a substantially transparent light emitting display in contact with the third electrically conductive layer, wherein the electro-optic
device is converted to the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light and converted to the substantially
clear state when the light emitting display is not emitting light.

US Pat. No. 9,715,825

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER WITH HANDS FREE IMAGE BASED OPERATION

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for automatically transmitting an activation signal from a trainable transceiver to a remote electronic system,
comprising:
receiving, at a control circuit of the trainable transceiver, image data from an image data source;
determining, using the control circuit, if the received image data matches one or more reference images stored in memory and
associated with the remote electronic system;

determining, in response to a match between the received image data and the one or more reference images, if the trainable
transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system; and

in response to determining that the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system, formatting an activation
signal to control the remote electronic system and transmitting, using a transceiver circuit, the activation signal formatted
to control the remote electronic system.

US Pat. No. 9,703,166

REDUCING DIFFRACTION EFFECTS ON AN ABLATED SURFACE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method of removing a material from a surface, comprising:
passing a laser through a lens such that the laser impinges on the material, and
wherein a working distance between the lens and the material is different than a focal length of the lens such that a focal
plane of the laser is located beyond the surface in a direction of propagation of the laser.

US Pat. No. 10,008,109

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRAINING A PROGRAMMABLE TRANSCEIVER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A method for training a programmable transceiver, comprising:scanning frequencies, within a desired range for training the programmable transceiver, for a first signal broadcast by a transmitter;
detecting the first signal at a first frequency;
computing harmonic frequencies and subharmonic frequencies of the first frequency;
scanning the computed harmonic frequencies and the subharmonic frequencies of the first frequency for a second signal broadcast by the transmitter at a second frequency;
comparing a first magnitude of the first signal to a second magnitude of the second signal at one of the harmonic frequencies and the subharmonic frequencies of the first frequency;
selecting, as a training signal for training the programmable transceiver, one of the first signal at the first frequency if the first magnitude is greater than the second magnitude or the second signal at the second frequency if the second magnitude is greater than the first magnitude; and
training the programmable transceiver based on the training signal selected from one of the first signal or the second signal.