General Motors has announced that the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 will introduce a new technology that will replace the rear-view mirror with a streaming digital video system showing what’s behind the vehicle. Earlier this year, GM Authority was first to report that GM filed a trademark application for the term THRUVIEW, which we believed to be the go-to-market name for the technology.
The system, according to GM, will furnish the driver with a field of vision four times greater than that of a traditional mirror, while providing a clearer view that’s unobstructed by headrests, passengers, or the car’s roof or rear pillars.
“The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down,” said Travis Hester, executive chief engineer for the CT6.
A specialized camera mounted on the car’s rear end will provide a wide view of the lanes and space behind the car, thereby overcoming the infamous “blind spots” found in vehicles. Furthermore, the lens will reduce glare and adjust for low-light conditions better than an auto-dimming mirror. To prevent the camera from getting dirty or fogging up, the lens is covered in a water-shedding hydrophobic coating (a dedicated washer was introduced later). The video image captured by the camera will be transmitted to a display located in the rearview mirror.
GM global product chief Mark Reuss discussed the new rear camera mirror during a GM investor conference in October. According to Automotive News, he said the mirror is one of many technical innovations destined for the CT6, including a Bose in-floor sound system and rear-seat connectivity options.
GM says that researchers and engineers working on the new video mirror have been awarded 10 different patents, 1 for the streaming video mirror and nine for its video processing capabilities. The patents cover different video features such as camera image calibration, de-warping, glare reduction, and camera hardware design.
The CT6, along with the new rear-view
mirror camera mirror, are expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in March 2015.