For years now, automakers have begun integrating cameras into rearview mirrors. The cameras allow drivers to see what’s behind them in the event that the standard reflective mirror is blocked or vice versa. In fact, some manufacturers even offer blind-spot video feeds when signaling to turn. However, it seems Aston Martin may have the next-step in rear-view mirror technology.
No, don’t worry, they’re not ditching the standard reflective mirror as we know it. Instead, they have debuted their new tri-camera hybrid mirror setup together with Gentex called CMS (Camera Monitoring System). It works similar to the camera mirror systems on cars today. However, instead of the mirror becoming one big screen, there are two other smaller screens on the corner of the mirror. The two screens continuously display a feed from the vehicle’s side mirrors, giving drivers a view of their blind spot.
When the system is not in use, the mirror acts as a standard auto-dimming mirror. Drivers can choose to switch to this mode if they don’t want too many screens. Moreover, the system does so automatically when there is a failure or weather conditions blind the camera. Interestingly, Gentex says every time you adjust a mirror, the camera’s display angle will change as well.
Though other automakers have a similar system camera side-view system in place, their integrations are different. In particular, these camera systems often have their display on the A-pillars. Rather than having to look at various screens all over the car, Aston Martin is making life easier by integrating it all into the rear-view mirror.
The new technology is set to officially debut in a 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. Expect to see this technology in future Aston Martin models as well starting with the DBS GT Zagato.