In the automotive industry, constant innovations are the order of the day as car makers seek to keep pace with the changing times and offer something that their competitors don’t. In a similar bid to stay ahead of the competition, Nissan showcased the world’s first digital LCD rear-view mirror at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. It was showcased on the Nissan X-Trail SUV and the new rear view mirror aims to remove blind spots that would otherwise exist on conventional rear view mirrors.
The fully digital smart mirror will make use of the cameras mounted on the rear windscreen. One just needs to press a switch in order to switch between the smart camera feed and what one sees through the regular rear view mirror. Usage of the digital mirror will allow the driver to make better decisions and will improve safety greatly as the driver will have better access to visual imagery, which otherwise would have been missed.
With car design aimed at bettering looks, the rearward visibility is usually the victim. High back deck covers and substantial rear pillars are major culprits that hinder visibility. The computerized mirror can additionally adjust for messy back windows, the glare of immediate daylight and the headlamps of car following. The innovation from Nissan is also expected to give car designers greater freedom.
“From here on, car designers can make the rear windows slightly smaller with flowing roof lines, thus giving them the freedom to draw with a free hand when drawing up aerodynamic designs” said Andy Palmer, who is the Chief Planning Officer and VP of Nissan.
The digital rear view mirror will make its debut at the Le Mans 24-hour race later this year and will later make its way on to the Nissan X-Trail. This new feature will be specific to Japan for the time being. The technology can be of a lot of use in a country like India which has bumper to bumper traffic in the major cities at pretty much all times and can help drivers take note of other drivers/objects which seem to crop up from nowhere.