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Nissan develops 'Smart' rearview mirror

Nissan has developed the ‘Smart’ rearview mirror, the world’s first LCD monitor that not only provides clear rearward visibility under various conditions, but also allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and a conventional mirror. A high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle provides the driver with a clear unobstructed view of the rear flanks, allowing the ability to check blind spots and other traffic conditions. Operated by a control located at the bottom of the mirror, the driver can use the traditional rearview mirror system, or with a simple flip of a switch, gain an unobstructed rearward view behind the vehicle embedded on the LCD display. The LCD monitor removes the obstructions associated with traditional rearview mirrors, such as C-pillars, tall passengers in the rear seats, or luggage that is stacked high in the rear compartment.

The new Smart mirror can also provide a crisp, clear image in a variety of environmental conditions, including rain, snow, dawn and dusk. The high-quality camera and image processing system implemented in the LCD monitor consistently results in a clear image with minimal glare, even during sunrise or sunset conditions or when being followed by a vehicle with strong headlights. The Smart mirror is equipped with a newly developed high-performance, 1.3MP narrow-angle camera and a specially-shaped LCD monitor, which uses a unique aspect ratio of approximately 4:1.

“The 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. We’ll have the flexibility to create new shapes, and to further improve aerodynamics for better fuel efficiency.” Nissan is planning to introduce the Smart rearview mirror to global markets in 2015 and offer the product as a dealer option this spring in the Japanese market.

March 4, 2014

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