Nissan has developed a rear-view system which allows the driver to switch between a conventional rear-view mirror and an LCD screen.
An LCD screen is integrated into the structure of the rear-view mirror and integrates with a high-resolution camera mounted at the back of the car. At the press of a button, the driver can switch between a conventional rear view ‘reflection’ and the screen showing a view unobstructed by the C-pillars, rear-seat passengers or luggage.
Nissan says the technology provides the driver with a “better view for a more comfortable driving experience”.
The 'Smart' rear-view mirror helps to provide a better rear view with a clear image possible in a variety of weather conditions, including rain and snow. The image-processing technology provides a glare-free image in sunrise or sunset conditions, or when being followed by a vehicle with main beam headlights.
Nissan chief Andy Palmer said it "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."
The first application of the Smart rear-view mirror will be in the Nissan ZEOD RC racer, which will compete at the Le Mans 24 Hour in the summer. The technology will launch in the Japanese market in the coming months.