When the LCD function is activated, the full width of the mirror converts to an ultra-wide monitor showing a view from the rear-facing camera located on the back of the vehicle.
The image from the rear camera is claimed to provide a wider field of vision, giving an unobstructed look at the rear flanks without being blocked by C-pillars, tall passengers or cargo. It is also said to show a clear image in a variety of conditions, automatically adjusting for glare, bright headlights or other factors.
The 4:1 aspect-ratio LCD is integrated directly behind the mirror and can be switched off, enabling it to be used as a traditional rearview mirror. The company suggests it reworked the structural design of both components to avoid a double image when the monitor is active.
“[The Smart mirror] offers the possibility of new and exciting designs for our upcoming models because Smart rearview mirror is an alternative to a very wide rear window for good visibility,” said Nissan’s chief planning officer and executive VP, Andy Palmer. “We’ll have the flexibility to create new shapes, and to further improve aerodynamics for better fuel efficiency.”
The company plans to offer the Smart mirror as a dealer option this spring in Japan, ahead of a global rollout in 2015.