Leading automotive supplier, Magna International has come up with a camera-based advanced driver assistance technology that can help minimize vehicular accidents that are caused by blind spots.
Magna’s new camera-based advanced driver assistance technology is called Clearview and comprises an outside mirror with dual components; a self-cleaning camera and a side-view mirror that complies with regulations. The mirror has the capability to display a live feed inside the vehicle. This will go a long way towards improving the visibility while changing lanes, while reversing out of a parking space, or while driving a vehicle that is heavily loaded with passengers or with cargo.
The camera is installed on the mirror at a position that s beyond the widest point of the vehicle so that the motorist benefits from the maximum field of view. This will add to the safety component and enhance the driver’s awareness. The mirror can also include features such as turn signals, ground illumination and surround-view cameras.
According to John O’Hara, president of Magna Closures and Mirrors, the ClearView inside mirror has the ability to easily switch from a traditional rear-view mirror to a full-size video display and vice versa. The video essentially is a live feed from a camera that is mounted at the back of the vehicle which serves to provide the motorist with an unobstructed view of what is behind. This is particularly helpful if passengers and/or cargo inside the vehicle restrict the driver’s view when using the traditional rear-view mirror.
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