How Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror Technology Works

It's a familiar situation to many drivers, driving at night when suddenly in the rear view mirror, there is a blinding light from the headlights of the vehicle behind you. This can cause a distracting and vision-altering inconvenience, called the Troxler Effect. This is where auto-dimming rear view mirrors come into play.

How does an auto-dimming rear view mirror work? This special mirror has an ambient light sensor that automatically darkens the mirror through a process called electrochromism in order to fight the Troxler Effect. There are two sensors, and once those sensors pick up the ambient light, they work in conjunction with a microprocessor to send a charge to the electrocromic gel within the glass panes of the mirror, causing it to undergo oxidization-reduction and darken. This ends up restricting the light.

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