Looking Glass: All the Car’s Mirrors Are Made Obsolete in BMW’s i8 Mirrorless Concept

This article describes a concept in development that uses a series of three cameras to replace the standard rear-view mirror in automobiles. These three camera streams, one on the upper edge of the rear windshield and two replacing the standard exterior side mirrors, combine into one panoramic image, which is shown on a display where the rearview mirror usually is placed. The system is designed to eliminate blind spots and to reduce glare from direct sunlight. The system can also be used to provide safety warnings to the driver. The author notes that current regulations do not permit removal of mirrors. One sidebar briefly describes the physical components of the cameras being used; another includes a short interview with Philipp Kerschbaum of BMW, who specializes in human machine interface (HMI) issues in autonomous vehicles.


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  • Accession Number: 01602568
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  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 8:29PM