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Nissan Set to Debut Smart Rearview Mirror at Geneva Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/28/2014 Karla Sanchez

The refreshed Nissan Juke won't be the only thing the Japanese automaker will be showing off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan will also be demonstrating a new Smart Rearview Mirror, which will begin rolling out on vehicles as early as 2015.


What makes this rearview camera system different is that it's actually both a traditional mirror and an LCD screen in one, using a newly developed LCD monitor built into the rearview mirror's housing, and hooked up to a new rearview camera on the back of the car. The system is pretty simple to operate too; the driver can go from the mirror view to the LCD screen with just the flip of switch. Nissan says the camera will provide clear views in rain and snow, and that glare will be minimal.There won't be any image overlap, either. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

This feature will definitely come in handy when there's lots of cargo blocking the rear glass, or even when there are taller passengers sitting in the rear seats.

In order to get the clear imagery, Nissan developed a new camera for the LCD monitor. While rearview cameras normally use a standard wide-angle lens, it didn't provide the best picture quality on the unique monitor. As a result, Nissan developed a new 1,300,000 pixel narrow-angle camera so that picture quality would remain crisp. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The Smart Rearview Mirror will begin rolling out in 2015 in Japan. Before that though, the Smart Rearview Mirror will be featured in the ZEOD RC racer set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other Nismo race cars.

Check out more 2014 Geneva Motor Show coverage right here.

Source: Nissan

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