The Rear Camera Mirror was first introduced in 2014 for the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It is a General Motors safety technology that replaces the traditional rear-view mirror with high-resolution video streaming to a display in the rear-view mirror, thereby improving on the traditional inside rearview mirror by providing field of view that’s wider view and has zero obstructions.
The Rear Camera Mirror system is comprised of two primary components:
- Camera: the rear-facing high-definition camera features a high dynamic range designed specifically to enhance rear view lane width and maximize low-light situations. The camera reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations compared to a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror. The camera is finished with a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to keep it clean to maintain visibility regardless of the driving conditions.
- Display: the in-mirror 440 by 300-pixel TFT-LCD display
Notably, the Rear Camera Mirror in the 2019 Silverado is the second-generation system, which delivers the following improvements over the first-generation unit:
- Frameless Design
- Increased brightness adjustments from 3 to 5
- Zoom function
- Tilt/position adjustment (of camera)
- Increased in the screen and camera resolutions from 1280×240 pixels (Gen 1) to 1440×300 pixels (Gen 2)
The benefits of the Rear Camera Mirror are most evident when using the system in person, since the system significantly improves the driver’s rearward visibility when driving, changing lanes, and checking for vehicles and traffic conditions. Specific benefits include:
- Providing a clear view of the view behind the vehicle, with no obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars
- Improves field of vision by 300 percent, or roughly four times greater than a standard rearview mirror
On the 2019 Silverado, the Rear Camera Mirror is assigned GM RPO code DRZ. It is bundled with the Technology Package (CWM), which is only available on LTZ and High Country models.
The package also bundles the LTZ Convenience Package I (PCZ), LTZ Convenience Package II (PCN) and Safety Package II (PDJ) for LTZ models, and requires the Safety Package II (PDJ) for High Country models.
Technology Package Contents:
- HD Surround Vision (UV2)
- Rear Camera Mirror (DRZ)
- 15″ Diagonal Head-Up Display (UV6)
LTZ Convenience Package I Contents:
- Bucket seats (A50) with (D07) center console
- Heated and ventilated front seats (KQV)
- Rear sliding power window (A48)
- Universal Home Remote (UG1)
- 2 USB ports with auxiliary input (MCZ)
- Power up/down tailgate (QT6)
- Rear heated seats on Crew Cab Models (KA6)
LTZ Convenience Package II Contents:
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IOT)
- Bose Premium Audio System (UQA)
- Wireless Charging (K4C)
Safety Package II Contents:
- Forward Collision Alert (UEU)
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (UHX)
- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (UHY)
- Front Pedestrian Braking (UKJ)
- IntelliBeam headlamps (TQ5)
- Following Distance Indicator (UE4)
- Safety Alert Seat (HS1)
Notably, the Rear Camera Mirror cannot be added to 2019 Silverado models equipped with the Trailer Camera Package.
About ChevroletÂ Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado is a lineup of full-size pickup trucks soldÂ primarily in North America, but also in the Middle East and inÂ certain markets in South America. Slotting above the mid-sizeÂ Chevrolet ColoradoÂ (known as the S10 in some markets),Â the Silverado is Chevrolet's largest pickup truck and currently consists of the 1500 light duty model, twoÂ Heavy Duty modelsÂ - the 2500HD and 3500HD, as well asÂ Conventional Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 Medium DutyÂ models - theÂ Silverado 4500HDÂ andÂ Silverado 5500HDÂ and Silverado 6500HD.
TheÂ 2018Â Chevy SilveradoÂ represents theÂ fifthÂ model year of the third-generation Silverado. It is based on theÂ GM K2 platformÂ shared with other full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from GM. Though theÂ lineÂ sold relativelyÂ well,Â itÂ became less competitive in the marketplace with time when compared to its primaryÂ FordÂ F-Series rival, due to lacking cutting-edge features such asÂ turbocharged engines, a rugged off-road variant such as theÂ Ford F-150 Raptor, a diesel engine option in the light duty (1500) model,Â and also variousÂ modern features and equipment.
Luckily,Â an all-new SilveradoÂ arrived for the 2019 model year that addressesÂ manyÂ of theÂ issuesÂ ofÂ its predecessor model. Customers began taking delivery of the all-new truck in the second half of August 2018.
Chevrolet says that the all-new 2019 Silverado isÂ the result ofÂ over 7,000 customer interviewsÂ - the most intensive research in itsÂ history. The new modelÂ usesÂ higher grade alloy steel in the bed floorÂ as well as variousÂ mixed materialsÂ that resultÂ in aÂ reduction in weight and improved performance, with weight falling about 450 pounds. The truck alsoÂ offers an expanded amount of modelsÂ for a total of eight, includingÂ the newÂ 2019 Silverado Trailboss.
RidingÂ onÂ GM's newÂ T1 platformÂ shared with other future GM full-size trucks and SUVs, the 2019Â Silverado offers more technology, convenience features, andÂ engine/transmission combinations. While details ofÂ five powertrain combos have already been revealed,Â GM has not yet shared details of theÂ newÂ inline-sixÂ 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine, only stating that it will be "best-performing" and that it will be mated toÂ GM's new 10-speedÂ transmission.
Having overhauled the Silverado 1500, Chevy will next overhaul the Silverado Heavy Duty. The brandÂ released a teaser imageÂ of theÂ upcoming all-new 2020 Silverado HD in April 2018 and announced the vehicle in November 2018. The truck will launch in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model.
The 2020 Silverado HD willÂ be comprisedÂ of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD that ride on a moreÂ robust and capableÂ version of the new T1 platform when compared to the 2019 Silverado 1500, whileÂ sharing many high-techÂ features and design elementsÂ withÂ its light duty brother.
Completing the overhauled SilveradoÂ family is the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.
The ChevroletÂ Silverado is builtÂ atÂ the followingÂ GM plants:
- GM Flint AssemblyÂ in Flint, Michigan, USA
- GM Fort Wayne AssemblyÂ in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
- GM Oshawa AssemblyÂ Â inÂ Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- GM SilaoÂ in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Navistar Springfield Assembly in Springfield, Ohio, USA (Silverado Medium Duty only)
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