Say Goodbye To Side Mirrors - 2018 To Bring First Series Cars With Cameras
|   Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Farewell, blind spot! Farewell headlights that blind you! And farewell, broken aerodynamics! We welcome you futuristic design! Hi-tech video cameras that replace rear-view mirrors are ready to launch in 2018 on series cars.

The future of the external mirror is a short one indeed. Their place will be taken by video cameras that transmit on two much thinner displays what is behind the car. But for the implementation of this new technology a legislation to allow it is needed.
The aim is to increase safety, so that the driver will benefit from better visibility in general, plus he could see in depth.

Japan is one of the first countries that will allow installing these devices. For this purpose, the country of the Rising Sun is preparing a legislative measure for video side mirrors. Besides the economic impact of the new mirrors, their advantages at the level of automotive safety, the technology offers a plus in terms of aerodynamics due to the thin shape.

Moreover, visibility at night or in bad weather conditions increases significantly, and from a stylistic point of view more appealing forms can be found. The digital mirrors will be created by auto supplier ICHIKOH in a first phase, which is preparing to deliver the first batch in August.

Even if authorities in Japan have given the green light to use cameras in place of regular side mirrors, the technology has remained imprinted in the collective mind as an idea worthy of concepts and prototypes that seem cut from the future. And yet, the moment when you will not have to worry about mirrors thieves and not have problems regarding the blind spot is very close.

According to the French from Valeo, one of the leading suppliers in the automotive industry, the system of video cameras and displays which will replace classic mirrors will enter development shortly, and the first car that will get this system as series elements will appear on the market in 2018.

Valeo will collaborate in this project with the Japanese from ICHIKOH Industries, specializing in the development of lights and mirrors for cars. Obviously, the technology aims to replace both types of mirrors: exterior mirrors and the central rearview mirror. The "Digital mirrors", as future side screens are called, will project the images taken by wide-angle video cameras positioned both in the actual place of mirrors and behind the car on the rear window.

Dr. Otmar Schreiner, Head of R & D at Interior Electronics Solutions in Continental's Interior Division stated that "Instead of the mechanical mirror, we rely on a driver-oriented and holistic human-machine interface (HMI) that not only creates better visibility conditions, but also opens up the possibility of providing situational instructions on the monitors." Continental used a prototype car last year to illustrate how a camera monitor system can successfully replace both exterior and interior mirrors. The BMW i8 Mirrorless Concept, presented in January 2016 at CES Las Vegas gave us a first idea related to the design of future side "mirrors".










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