Ficosa & Panasonic partnership yields smart rear-view mirror

March 30, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Automotive safety solution provider Ficosa has co-developed an intelligent rearview mirror (IRMS) with display manufacturer Panasonic.

The system features an integrated Panasonic LCD screen in the structure of what looks like a traditional rear-view mirror. It works as a mirror or as a monitor that relays images from the cameras located at the rear of the vehicle or even from within the vehicle.

The camera built into this intelligent mirror is digital and offers a high resolution image. Ficosa offers car OEMs to integrate the camera in various locations of the car according to their preferences, either inside or outside the vehicle.

The interior mirror enhances the driving experience and increases safety and driving comfort. This solution extends the rearward field of vision up to a value of 50° (more than double compared to a traditional mirror, says Ficosa), which considerably reduces blind spots. It also attenuates the glare and improves visibility in low light areas.

The IRMS also stands out for its ability to work split screen as a mirror and monitor simultaneously. In this operating mode it can also project the image of other devices integrated in the vehicle as parking camera or even internal cameras to control children, among other devices. Additionally, it will also allow the inclusion of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) in this vision system, giving information about surrounding vehicles to the driver.