In a move that’s straight out of a Sci-Fi movie for some, Japan has given the nod for its car market to induct cameras in place of rear-view mirrors. This comes after the UN’s decision to clear this tech so that companies can shift to cameras if certain guidelines are met with.
We’ve all seen a handful of concept cars at auto shows which sport cameras instead of the traditional mirrors. Car designers have been on their toes for years now to incorporate such tech. Reasons include more style with aerodynamics, and improved safety.
Cameras of today can get a lock on a wider angle of view, and also highlight blind spots. All this at a considerably lesser weight compared to a conventional mirror. Some specimens use a multi-megapixel camera that have a 160 degree view with superior resolution. As this is just the beginning, fine tuning of this technology for users is ultimately imperative.
Japan's Ichikoh Industries and Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH are currently interested in supplying this new technology. Even countries like the USA and China are expected to use this tech in the coming years. Though initial costs are expected to be seen as a challenge, the benefits will eventually outweigh it.