Nissan Reveals Camera-Based Rearview Mirror

Nissan Reveals Camera-Based Rearview Mirror

Nissan has announced the development of the Smart rearview mirror, which will be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

According to the Japanese automaker, the Smart rearview mirror provides clear rearward visibility and is the world’s first LCD monitor housed within the structure of a traditional rearview mirror.

The mirror uses a high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle and provides the driver with an unobstructed view of the rear flanks, revealing blind spots and other traffic conditions. In addition, there’s a versatile switch function in order to go back to a traditional rearview mirror. Compared to the standard mirror however, the LCD monitor gives a wider and clearer view and can provide a crisp image in a variety of environmental conditions including rain, snow, dawn and dusk.

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The Japanese automaker plans on incorporating the Smart rearview mirror in its ZEOD RC race car that will be competing at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will then head to global markets next year.

“Smart rearview mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat, or the road conditions.” said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and executive Vice President of Nissan. “It also offers the possibility of new and exciting designs for our upcoming models because Smart rearview mirror is an alternative to a very wide rear window for good visibility.”

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  • Jeffrey McCollum

    They should make a SD card recorder function to record things like the police cars have, This way in the event of a accident there is proof

  • bagger

    Something finally useful…. a great safety feature, instead of infotainment, big touch screens, and start/stop tech. Well done!

  • Glen

    Hope they find a way to keep the weather elements off the lens. I have a Q50 now and the back up camera gets covered with water when it rains, blocking the view. Guess that’s why they will have the switch to allow the driver to change over to the conventional type. Looks cool though but would like to see how it works in the real world.

  • JasonDJ

    This is a wonderful idea, however SD cards (and traditional hard drives, and even modern SSD drives) have a life expectancy that degrades quickly the more that is written to it. Traditional hard-drives are also vibration sensitive which is not particularly good on New England roads or in the event of a collision.

    What they should do, however, is keep a cyclical buffer of video in memory (like RAM on a PC) which gets wiped when the car is powered off. Upon a crash (airbag deployment), the contents of the memory get dumped to an SD card or removable SSD similar to a black box. They could even store ECU data the same way and get speed/braking info. Hell, with how integrated cars are now, they can even record how loud the stereo is or if you were in the middle of a phone call. Anything to cut down on the jerks that stop in the highway to get an insurance claim.

  • pocchr

    What works for you also works against you.

  • JasonDJ

    This is a very valid concern, and I agree completely. Hopefully it would be covered under the 5th amendment (in the US) and can be voluntarily disclosed but not automatically or forcefully taken. If nothing else, I have a feeling case law would back that up within a few years of such a feature coming out.

  • pocchr

    The way things are one in Washington, the 5th amendment and some others don’t seem to any protection. Maybe in a few years, things will change.