This is a video showing a new technology which could be seeing its way into the truck market some time soon. The combination of mirror and video screen should make the inclusion of increased visibility systems, like the one demonstrated in this video, easier to access.
Ficosa has developed an intelligent rearview mirror (IRMS). This system, which has an integrated display in the structure of the interior rearview mirror, works as a mirror or as a monitor. It can relay images from the camera located at the rear of a vehicle, according to the driver’s needs. IRMS is the first product developed as the result of the alliance with Panasonic, integrating the know-how of Ficosa with the technology of the Japanese company.
“This pioneering product is a significant example of the potential that the alliance with the Japanese multinational offers to us,” said Javier Pujol, Ficosa CEO. “We continue to work with Panasonic to enhance our technological capabilities and to integrate complementary technologies in new key products, which will be the basis for the future of the automobile in connectivity, safety and efficiency”.
The intelligent interior mirror is said to provide a significant added value to the conventional mirror, enhancing the driving experience and increasing safety and driving comfort. This solution extends the rearward field of vision up to a value of 50 degrees (more than double compared to a traditional mirror), attenuates the glare and improves visibility in low light areas.
The camera built into this intelligent mirror is digital and offers a high resolution image. The camera can be fixed in various locations on the vehicle. This system also includes a Panasonic LCD screen, which is located in the traditional structure of the interior mirror, being able to operate as a mirror or a display that transmits the images the camera gathers.
“In Ficosa we have been working intensively for nine years in the electronic mirror (CMS) research and development, a fact that has given us a valuable know-how to develop IRMS, improving the features of the traditional rearview mirror,” said Mercedes Pujol, Ficosa Business Unit Director.
IRMS can also work in split screen mode as a mirror and monitor simultaneously. It can also project the image of other devices integrated in the vehicle, such as parking cameras or even internal cameras to control children.