Electronic rear-view mirror gets closer to mass production

October 15, 2015 // By Julien Happich
Electronic rear-view mirrors allows the integration of ADAS (Advanced Systems Driver Assistance) in the vision systems while allowing for a smooth transition between today's cars and tomorrow’s driverless cars.

Top-tier global automotive systems provider Ficosa has developed an electronic mirror composed of cameras and displays which would work as an alternative option to the exterior rear-view mirrors of the car.
In its fourth generation since the company initiated research and development on a camera monitor system back in 2007, the current version is a prototype which the company claims is very close to the mass production concept. In fact, Ficosa is already working with several clients to customize it according to their specific needs.

Designed to comply with the latest regulations concerning this area, the system is composed of two cameras integrated into the sides of the car chassis, which transmit the image with very low latency at two high resolution displays installed inside the vehicle. The cameras are equipped with wide-angle lenses, High Dynamic Range (HDR) sensors delivering 1.3 megapixels at 60 frames per second.

The electronic mirror expands the field of view, eliminates blind spots but also improves the overall car aerodynamic, reducing both fuel consumption and wind noise perceived from inside the vehicle.

Ficosa carries out the full integration to provide a finished solution to car manufacturers, including additional options such as the cleaning system, heated camera and the blinkers function. The company hopes to secure this market niche with several patents granted during research and development.

Visit Ficosa at www.ficosa.com

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