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BMW camera system makes rear-view mirrors a thing of the past

No more blind spots


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“MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOEUVRE” may never be the same again. BMW has revealed a prototype version of its i8 supercar that uses cameras in place of mirrors to eliminate blind spots and give drivers a panoramic view of the road behind. In place of a rear-view mirror the car has a 12in-wide screen.

Video is stitched together using images from cameras across the top of the rear window and on streamlined, stubby stalks where the side mirrors would normally be. The wide field of vision means there’s no need to adjust mirrors. Replacing the side mirrors with cameras is said also to make the car more aerodynamic and to improve fuel economy.


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