2016 Cadillac CT6 Rear Camera Mirror Named 2016 Best New Safety Technology5
Folks are really loving the Cadillac Rear Camera Mirror, a new innovative feature of the upcoming 2016 CT6 sedan and 2017 XT5 crossover. In addition to earning the 2015 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award, the rear camera mirror was just recently named the 2016 Best New Safety Technology by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. The announcement was made during the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show.
“Cadillac is honored to be recognized by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada for the Rear Camera Mirror as it exemplifies our leadership in the development of innovative technologies that keep our customers safe at all times,” said Mahmoud Samara, director of sales and marketing, Cadillac in Canada. “This award reinforces Cadillac’s commitment to technologies that are reinventing the automotive luxury experience.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the patented technology feature that’s launching in Cadillacs improves a driver’s field of vision by approximately 300 percent, which is about four times more than the standard rearview mirror. The in-mirror display itself is an industry leading 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LC unity with 171 pixels per inch. It was designed specifically to maximize low-light situations, and a water-shedding hydrophobic coating is applied to the camera in order to maintain visibility during adverse driving conditions.
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i don’t care much for all of this autonomous technology that the media seems to focus on.
i’m more excited about technology like this that enables the driver to make better decisions.
Now put it somewhere on the dash where it doesn’t block 10% of your view out the windshield like the standard rear biew mirror. And while you’re at it GM, the fuel filler goes on the LEFT side of the car!
That resolution isn’t exactly breathtaking. Rear-view mirror isn’t just about field of view, but also about clarity and about the view distance (which actually goes down with increasing FoV, naturally). It’s also about it actually working and displays are things that can break easily, camera lenses get dirty – is there a backup solution? Additionally, displays cause glare at night (unless they’re OLED displays, which this one is not).
You can hit a button and it changes back to a standard mirror. It only comes in platinum trim so your negative comments about this great tech and cadillac moving forward wont apply to most of us.
The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV will have this mirror, too. Look at GM videos where the Bolt EV is being test driven at the Detroit Auto Show, and you will see the swtching of the mirror images.