Cadillac Takes the Rearview Mirror One Step Beyond

One of the most-helpful technologies deployed on cars of late—so helpful that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring it on all cars, trucks and SUVs by May 2018—is the rear-view backup camera.

One of the most-helpful technologies deployed on cars of late—so helpful that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring it on all cars, trucks and SUVs by May 2018—is the rear-view backup camera.

Cadillac is taking that sort of tech one step further by developing a high-resolution, streaming video rearview mirror.

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The mirror display, integrated with a conventional electrochromatic rearview mirror, is based on a 1,280 x 240-pixel TFT-LCD display. There is a HD camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle. It has a hydrophobic coating to keep the lens clean.

By having the video display active, obstructions to view such as roof pillars and cabin occupants are eliminated.

Cadillac engineers estimate that the field of vision is improved by some 300%.

Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 chief engineer (and the system will debut on the CT6, which is going to be introduced next year), says, “The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down.”

But in this case, no hair need be messed up.

And speaking of combed hair (or applying mascara), it is worth noting that the streaming video mirror has a toggle on its bottom that allows the streaming to be shut off and the normal mirror function to be displayed.

Display provides 171 pixels per inch, providing a sharper image.