Thursday, July 07, 2016

Japan Allows Cameras to Replace Mirrors in Cars

Automotive News: Japan became one of the first countries allowing vehicles to use cameras instead of mirrors, beginning June 17, 2016. EU too is expected to revise its local regulations this year, while the US is seen adopting the mirrorless standard in 2018, and China is expected to do it too in the coming years.

The promise of mirrorless cars is sparking a rush of suppliers to the technology, including Japan's Ichikoh Industries and Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH. By 2023, about 29 percent of the Japanese market or about 2.3M vehicles, are expected to have video monitors as interior mirrors. At the same time, it's forecasted that about 12% of the market, or about 900,000 vehicles, will have cameras in place of exterior sideview mirrors.


  1. Pretty cool, until they fail

    1. And people though new tires were expensive wait till they see the cost of this.

  2. A few things to consider...

    * The mirrors we use today are limited in resolution only by the visual acuity of the driver.

    * Similar can be said about dynamic range.

    * LCD displays aren't necessarily visible to people wearing polarized sunglasses. Better standardize polarization of both. That is currently not the case.

    * LCD displays tend to be distracting to drivers at night. It's tough to dim them while continuing to provide the visual details that mirrors can provide.

    * "Column FPN? What's that?" said the consumer that had never had to deal with vertical lines running through their conventional mirror as they drove down a dark road at night.

    * "Why are those headlights behind me flickering, and why is that traffic light behind me doing the same?" said the same consumer.

    IMO there are better and cheaper ways to increase fuel economy. But that's just my opinion.

    1. what are those better ways to reduce fuel economy? why can't they be combined with this one?


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