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New Technologies Allow Motorists to “See” In New Ways

Land Rover unveils “Transparent Hood,” Nissan demonstrates a “smart rearview mirror.”

by on Apr.14, 2014

A diagram of the new Nissan smart mirror system.

It’s always a challenge for a motorist to be sure they can see everything going on around their vehicle, whether backing out of a parking spot or changing lanes.  But new technologies have begun to make that challenge a little easier and safer, with two intriguing new features making their debut at the New York Auto Show later that week.

That includes a new “smart rearview mirror” developed by Nissan, as well as a feature Land Rover is dubbing the “Transparent Hood.”

 

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“Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan.

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Makers Press NHTSA to Replace Side Mirrors with Cameras

High-tech alternatives could soon enter production.

by on Apr.02, 2014

The VW XL1 uses cameras instead of mirrors to allow drivers to see what's behind the vehicle.

When Volkswagen begins delivering the first of its ultra-efficient XL1 coupes by mid-year, motorists will have to get used to the idea of looking at a set of three video screens, rather than rear and side-view mirrors, to see what’s happening around them.

By replacing the traditional mirrors with micro-compact cameras built into the subcompact car’s body, VW designers were able to significantly improve the XL1’s aerodynamics, a critical factor in helping it achieve a record fuel economy of 235 miles per gallon.

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VW plans to build only 250 of the little cars – and none will be shipped to the U.S., in part, because federal rules require all vehicles be equipped with left and right-side exterior mirrors. But that could soon change. At least, the auto industry is hoping so. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a consortium that includes VW, Toyota and General Motors – as well as start-up Tesla Motors – has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to begin permitting manufacturers to replace mirrors with digital cameras. (more…)

All New Vehicles Must have Backup Cameras by 2018

Rules finalized requiring makers to install cameras.

by on Mar.31, 2014

Backup cameras are becoming increasingly common but the government made them mandatory for all new vehicles by 2018.

On the heels of a study showing backup cameras save lives, the U.S. Department of Transportation laid out the standards requiring automakers to have cameras on all new vehicles by 2018.

The graduated requirement is for vehicles less than 10,000 pounds. In 2016, 10% of vehicles must have the cameras. That rises to 40% in 2017 and 100% in 2018.

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“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents – our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement today. (more…)