The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved the electronic rear-view mirror used in the new Cadillac CT6.
An electronic display replaces the rear-view mirror and shows a live feed from cameras mounted at the back of the car, a system which GM says delivers a wider view of the road behind you. NHTSA has decided that the system meets U.S. vehicle safety standards, which require cars to be equipped with “an inside rearview mirror of unit magnification.”
In this case, the unit found in the CT6 is also a mirror, so the ruling essentially says that as long as the mirror’s secondary functions don’t impede it, that it is within regulation.
“We do not currently have safety concerns about your system,” wrote NHTSA chief counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh in a letter. “We note, however, if a manufacturer were to offer a system whose design, performance or usage was found to create an unreasonable risk to safety, that system would be subject to a recall.”
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The mirror unit comes from supplier Gentex and will be the first of its kind to hit the market. The upcoming Cadillac XT5 crossover and Bolt electric car will also use the technology.
Honda and Tesla are two other companies that offer cameras with live feed in their cars, although Tesla’s request for replacing its side mirrors with e-mirrors was not approved.
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