- Posted April 28, 2014 by
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Smart Rearview Mirror by Nissan improves safety
With the goal to make the roads safer for everyone, Nissan unveiled their new Smart Rearview Mirror at the New York Auto Show. The new technology, to be released in Japan later this year, provides clear rearward visibility no matter the condition using an LCD screen that can be switched to work as a traditional rearview mirror.
This year the World Traffic Safety Symposium named the Smart Rearview Mirror a 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award recipient, for its goal to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians alike. The group called the Smart Rearview Mirror one of “the most cutting-edge, life-saving safety features available in vehicles today.”
Nissan engineers in Japan saw a problem with conventional mirrors, as their view outward can often be obstructed by tall passengers, luggage, weather conditions and vehicle design. By using a high resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle, traditional blind spots can be reduced significantly or eliminated entirely.
In response to ever-increasing safety regulations, door pillars have gotten thicker and windows smaller, greatly affecting the rearward visibility in modern vehicles. With new U.S. regulations requiring rear view cameras in cars over the next few years, this system by Nissan is the next logical step for better safety.
An image processing system built into the mirror works to reduce glare caused by sun and headlights. Nissan says that visibility during night driving is also improved over that of a traditional mirror. The Smart Rearview Mirror will eventually find its way into American vehicles as well after the trial period in Japan this year.