Safety demands a good and clear view of the area around a car. Usually bigger mirror means better views to the driver but they can be a pain for the driver too. With the improvement in the vision through from the side and rear views, they are prone to be damaged by the passing vehicles, drive-through car washes, and garage doors. Automakers now incorporate video cameras for safer, efficient and better-looking views.
Japan approves the use of cameras in vehicles after meeting some certain specifications. The approval came in 2015 by the UN World Forum of Vehicle Regulations for the replacement of mirrors with video cameras.
A company known as Ichikoh is developing systems to sell their plans to the automakers. The CEO of Ichikoh, Ali Ordoobadi, says that “it is a new segment with higher content and that means higher profit for the business.” Moreover, the CEO said that “it is an upcoming trend and we have to be in front of the others.”
Bosch has already incorporated the use of video display system in their commercial trucks. The video systems are built into the A-pillars of the vehicle. Cadillac CT6 also features a video display for its rear view.
Video displays tend to be safer as far as the safety issues are concerned. The cameras can be fixed anywhere in the car to provide a clear and better view of blind spots. Video displays are more aerodynamic, efficient and lighter as compared to the external mirrors. Keeping a mirrorless vehicle helps automakers achieve emission standards and fuel efficiency targets.
It is highly expected that with the passage of time, many governments will allow the replacement of mirrors with the live video display in the near future.