Cadillac’s Rear Camera Mirror has been named a 2015 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award winner. The annual award is presented to technologies the magazine considers to be the top 100 technological innovations of the year.
Set to be available on the upcoming 2016 CT6 sedan and 2017 XT5 crossover, the Rear Camera Mirror delivers high-resolution streaming video from a camera in the back of the vehicle to an in-mirror display, thereby improving the driver’s field of vision by an estimated 300 percent, or about four times greater than what’s possible with a standard rearview mirror.
The in-mirror display is an industry-leading 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LC unit with 171 pixels per inch. Meanwhile, the high-def camera has a high dynamic range that reduces glare and was designed specifically to maximize low-light situations. A water-shedding hydrophobic coating is applied to the camera to keep it clean and to be able to maintain visibility, regardless of driving conditions.
In developing the system, Cadillac researchers and engineers were awarded 10 patents. The patents cover GM-Cadillac’s work in creating the wide field of view camera image calibration, de-warping, glare reduction and camera hardware design. One of the 10 patents covers the streaming video mirror while the other nine are related to video processing