Magna unveils camera-equipped mirrors
In a bid to expand its presence in the onboard camera market, Magna International has introduced a camera-based advanced driver assistance technology designed to help prevent traffic accidents caused by blind spots.
In a bid to expand its presence in the onboard camera market, automotive parts supplier Magna International Inc. has unveiled a camera-based advanced driver assistance technology designed to help prevent traffic accidents caused by blind spots.
Aurora, Ont.-based Magna’s new ClearView system features an outside mirror that combines a self-cleaning camera with a regulatory compliant side-view mirror to display a live feed inside the vehicle, to improve visibility while changing lanes, backing out of a parking space, or driving with a vehicle full of cargo.
The camera is mounted on the mirror beyond the widest point of the vehicle to achieve a maximum field of view, enhance the driver’s awareness, and improve safety. It also can include features such as turn signals, ground illumination and surround-view cameras.
“The ClearView inside mirror features the ability to switch between a traditional rear-view mirror and a full-size video display,” said John O’Hara, president of Magna Closures and Mirrors. “The video is a live feed from a camera mounted at the back of a vehicle and provides an unobstructed view of what’s behind. This can be particularly helpful if passengers and/or cargo inside the vehicle restricts the driver’s view using the traditional rear-view mirror.”