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New York 2014 Preview: Nissan to unveil Smart Rearview Mirror feature

New York 2014 Preview: Nissan to unveil Smart Rearview Mirror feature image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Nissan | posted April 14, 2014 09:45

Debuting on the all-new Nissan Rogue, this is the world’s first LCD monitor.

Nissan will introduce the Smart Rearview Mirror installed on the all-new Rogue at the upcoming New York International Auto Show on April 18.  It is the world’s first LCD monitor that provides an unobstructed view of the rear area and can switch back to the traditional rearview mirror if the driver so desires.

The Smart Rearview Mirror is built into the conventional rearview mirror and with just a flick of a switch the LCD come alive replacing the view of the regular mirror.

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A 1,300,000 pixel hi-res camera, which has a unique aspect ratio of 4:1 to match the form of the rearview mirror, is mounted on the rear to provide the driver with a clear, wide and unhindered view of the rear flanks regardless of the weather condition.  It has the capability to minimize glare from the sun or headlamps from the vehicles behind.

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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.  It also offers the possibility of new and exciting designs for our upcoming models, ensuring that appearance no longer has to be compromised for visibility and functionality. We'll have the flexibility to create new shapes and to further improve aerodynamics for better driving dynamics and fuel efficiency," said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan.

Nissan will use the Smart Rearview Mirror on the ZEOD RC when it races in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans along with other NISMO race cars.

"Under the harsh driving conditions in the world of motorsports, retaining a clear view for the race driver is of utmost importance.  In that sense, the Smart Rearview Mirror will be a powerful tool for our Nissan NISMO drivers. Also, we have high expectations towards improving the cars' aerodynamic design, thanks to the Smart Rearview Mirror, thereby expanding the possibilities of race cars to a new level," said NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani.

Nissan plans to initially implement the Smart Rearview Mirror in vehicles sold to the Japanese market this year before taking it global.