September 19, 2019

US will test camerabased side mirror technology

first_img Auto Tech Car Industry Lexus More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 2 3:37 Something like this camera on the Japan-spec Lexus ES could replace the side mirror as we know it in the future. Lexus Technology often outpaces legislation and regulations, but finally, the US will examine and test camera-based side-mirror systems that replace the traditional reflective mirror.Reuters first reported on the NHTSA announcement on Tuesday and the agency said it plans to research driving behavior and how drivers execute lane changes with both traditional mirrors and the camera systems. Per regulation, all automobiles must have reflective side mirrors, though we’ve started to see cameras take over the rear-view mirror in a handful of vehicles. Backup cameras are also federally mandated technology in all new vehicles, too. In other markets, such as Europe or Japan, automakers have started to equip vehicles with camera-as-mirror technology. Lexus began selling the ES sedan in Japan last year with cameras replacing traditional side mirrors. Audi, too, has installed the technology on the E-Tron electric SUV for the European market. Here in the US, we’re regulated to standard mirrors. Feeds from the cameras are shown inside the car and replace the reflective images shown on a traditional side mirror.News of the research into allowing camera-based side-view mirrors follows a NHTSA announcement last year that will finally update headlight regulations in the US. Now, automakers will be free to develop what the federal agency called “adaptive driving beam” headlights.Automakers commonly market the technology as “matrix” headlights in other markets. The system is capable of running high beams as the default setting, but can also dim specific portions of the light when it recognizes another vehicle or pedestrian to keep from blinding them. As for the camera-based side mirrors, the public will have a chance to comment on the technology in the months to come. Check out how Audi implemented the technology in the gallery below. More From Roadshow Tags News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUVcenter_img 2019 Audi E-Tron keeps it pretty normcore New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs Comments Buy the right backup camera 16 Photos Share your voice Lexus Audi Now playing: Watch this:last_img

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