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Nissan Introduces Intelligent Rear View Mirror Feature

Nissan Introduces Intelligent Rear View Mirror Feature

The crystal clear image and different shape of this mirror are both by-products of the new Intelligent Rear View Mirror feature.

In yet another new addition to its growing portfolio of technology features, Nissan is adding an Intelligent Rear View Mirror to 2018 Nissan Armada. This feature, found in certain luxury products, creates a video image on the rear view mirror of what’s behind the vehicle. It is both handy and pretty amazing to see in person.

Quick highlights:

  • New Intelligent Rear View Mirror uses rear-mounted camera to “look around” typical interior obstructions, such as tall passengers and cargo  
  • First-ever Nissan application on 2018 Armada Platinum model, also exclusive in fullsize non-luxury SUV segment
  • The mirror’s built-in LCD monitor provides expanded field of view and improved visibility in low-light conditions, allowing the driver to feel more confident when maneuvering in a variety of traffic conditions
  • Driver can easily switch between intelligent and traditional mirror functions
Nissan Introduces Intelligent Rear View Mirror Feature

Imagine a rear-seat full of balloons. You can’t really see anything.

Nissan Introduces Intelligent Rear View Mirror Feature

Push a button and this becomes your rear view mirror image as a special camera and mirror show you exactly what’s behind you.

Nissan says, following the recent announcement of the advanced ProPILOT Assist™ and Rear Door Alert (RDA), Nissan is launching another innovative technology in the 2018 model year – the Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM). The I-RVM adds a built-in LCD monitor within the traditional rearview mirror to help provide clear rearward visibility unimpeded by traditional obstacles such as cargo, tall passengers or the design of a vehicle.

The 2018 Nissan Armada will be the first Nissan vehicle to offer the new I-RVM technology when it goes on sale at Nissan dealerships nationwide in September.

Exclusive in the fullsize non-luxury SUV segment, the technology will be standard on the Armada Platinum grade. The consumer benefits of the I-RVM are many, including “removing” interior obstacles such as oversize cargo and rear headrests, improving visibility in low-light conditions, reducing glare and providing an expanded field of view.

“Not since a magic mirror of children’s fables has a mirror seemed to have such special powers as the new I-RVM,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “It provides a clear, expanded field of view under a wide range of conditions – giving the driver the best possible view of the rear flanks no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how many balloons you have to take to that party.”

Nissan Introduces Intelligent Rear View Mirror Feature

A simple flip of this switch on the mirror turns on and off this feature.

The Intelligent Rear View Mirror looks just like a traditional rearview mirror, except it has a built-in LCD monitor that can be activated with the flip of a switch located at the bottom of the mirror – even while the Armada is moving. This allows the driver to access either the conventions rearview mirror reflection, for example to help see what is happening inside the rear of the Armada, or the new intelligent view as desired.

How the Intelligent Rear View Mirror Works

Nissan’s new I-RVM utilizes a high-performance, narrow-angle camera and a specially shaped LCD monitor, with a unique aspect ratio of approximately 4:1, versus conventional monitors’ 4:3 or 16:9. Matching a standard wide-angle camera lens to this monitor could not be done since the images from the camera, when adjusted to the special monitor size, produced a low-resolution image with insufficient picture quality. To overcome this challenge, a narrow-angle camera was developed so that picture quality would not be sacrificed when formatted for the specially designed monitor.

When the LCD monitor and mirror are used in unison, the transparency of the monitor and the reflection in the mirror can create an image overlap – a dual layered effect – making it difficult to get a clean view. But with the I-RVM, Nissan applied a special technology to the structural design of the LCD monitor and the mirror, enabling it to function without any image overlaps.

The camera projects an image onto the monitor for a clear view, as well as a more comfortable driving experience. The high-quality camera and image processing system implemented in the LCD monitor consistently results in a clear image with minimal glare, even during sunrise or sunset conditions or when the vehicle is being followed by a vehicle with strong headlights.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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