Following in the footsteps of Nissan, Cadillac will introduce high-resolution streaming video for the rearview mirror of the upcoming CT6 sedan late next year.
The company says the technology improves field of vision by an estimated 300 percent, which is roughly four times greater than the coverage of a standard rearview mirror. It also removes obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars.
“The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down,” said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer. “In addition to the increased field of view, the technology eliminates any rear seat, rear pillar or passenger obstructions, allowing the driver an unimpeded view of the lanes behind and traditional blind-spots,” Hester added.
Compared to a traditional glass electrochromatic or auto-dimming rearview mirror, the HD camera’s video feed is said to reduce glare and allow a crisper image in low-light situations. The camera features a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to keep it clean regardless of the driving conditions. The in-mirror display is 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LCD display with 171 pixels per inch.
Drivers will be able to disable the mirror’s video streaming function at any time by flipping the toggle on the underside of the mirror. It will then revert to a traditional electrochromatic rearview mirror. The technology will debut on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan.