The next big de­vel­op­ment is mir­ror­less cars

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: AUTONEWS.COM

A dig­i­tal cam­era and mir­ror sytem de­vel­oped by Bosch to re­place side mir­rors on trucks will also start fea­tur­ing on cars.

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