Most concept cars showcase the use of cameras instead of rear view mirrors around the car. Even though the idea has still not gone mainstream into production, it definitely is due for consideration. Now Nissan has evolved its very own iteration of the smart rear mirror that uses modern technology of cameras to provide unobstructed field of vision.
The view from a conventional mirror will not be able to provide clarity considering the size of the rear windscreen, pillars and headrests which obstruct the view of the driver. The Smart Rearview Mirror uses the conventional centre rearview mirror inside the cabin of the vehicle and converts the same into a display unit with a video feed. The driver can choose to use the LCD display rear view unit as a conventional mirror as well as a video feed at the flick of a switch. The display features a four-to-one aspect ratio. The Smart Rearview Mirror gives a complete view of the traffic conditions and the road behind the car clearly.
This technology actually reduces the risk of rear collisions while parking, taking a blind corner turn or even being blinded by rear headlight glare falling on the rearview mirror. To provide the best possible resolution on screen, Nissan has used a 13,00,000 pixel narrow-angle camera specifically designed for the monitor. The LCD monitor also has an aspect ratio of approximately 4:1.
Nissan will first test the Smart Rearview Mirror in the ZEOD RC that will be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other NISMO race cars. The company says the smart view technology will be available in global markets by 2015 and will offer it as a dealer option later this year in the Japanese market. The Smart Rearview Mirror is currently on display at the ongoing 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Take a look at the video below to see how cool the technology is and how cleverly is works.
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