The next big development is mirrorless cars
FOUR companies are leading the race towards the next big development in vehicles — mirrorless cars.
Japanese rivals Ichikoh Industries and the Murakami Corporation, as well as Germany’s Bosch and America’s Tesla, are chasing the dream of digital reflections.
Bosch spokesperson Barbara Zelenay told Automotive News that Bosch already has a system in place for commercial trucks that displays the rear view on the cabin’s A-pillars.
“The technology is not the issue,” Zelenay said. “It’s up to the legislation. We don’t make mirrors, but we could make the replacement for mirrors.”
This is after the United Nations’ World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations approved the use of cameras that meet certain specifications in place of mirrors late last year.
While excellent to remove blind spots on long trucks, current camera systems are not yet as good as the human eye in poorly lit conditions. But for Ichikoh, a company that already has the know-how of making mirrors, to switch gradually to this technology is an advantage.
Ichikoh CEO Ali Ordoobadi is confident technology will catch up and overtake the eye’s abilities. “The trend is that mirrors are declining and cameras will be increasing. We have to adapt to this,” Ordoobadi said.
A digital camera and mirror sytem developed by Bosch to replace side mirrors on trucks will also start featuring on cars.