Nissan Motor Company will showcase the world’s first digital rearview mirror at the New York International Auto Show this week.
The new mirror system, which Nissan calls the “Smart Rearview Mirror”, will be displayed in a Nissan Rogue SUV at the show.
The Smart Rearview Mirror uses an LCD monitor connected to a camera mounted high on a vehicle’s rear to give the driver a better view of what’s behind his or her vehicle. It can still work as a conventional rearview mirror with just a click of a switch.
Nissan promises that its new mirror system will show clear images, even when snowing or raining, as it adjusts the image quality depending on the available light.
Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer said that their future vehicles’ appearance will no longer have to be compromised for functionality and visibility with the Smart Rearview Mirror.
The Japanese automaker will try the new interior mirror in an experimental race car called ZEOD RC during the 24 Hours Le Mans.
According to Nissan, the Smart Rearview Mirror will be available in the global market in the next few years. In the meantime, it will have its debut in the Japanese market later this year.
The AAM or Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in the U.S. is lobbying for the government’s permission to have cameras and screen replace side mirrors in future vehicle models. It insists that the move will reduce wind and weight resistance which will also help meet the federal fuel economy standard of about 39 combined mpg in 2025.