Panasonic to Start Making Rear View Auto Displays

By Bob Raikes

Panasonic said that it is to start making electronic rear view mirrors, the first product jointly developed with Ficosa which Panasonic took a 60% share in earlier this year (CE Firms Look into Automotive) and then made a consolidated subsidiary.

The electronic rear-view mirror uses a camera with a wide-angle lens that captures a wide rearward area, offering a wider viewing angle than conventional rear-view mirrors. By installing the camera inside on the rear window, this mirror provides a safer and clearer rearward view that is not obstructed by rear-seat passengers.

1. The wide-angle lens camera provides a wide rearward field of vision and improves visibility.

Using a wide-angle lens camera, the electronic rear-view mirror shows a wider rearward area at a longer distance (horizontal direction) behind the vehicle and improves visibility of hard-to-see areas diagonally behind the vehicle, compared to conventional rear-view mirrors.
(Even electronic rear-view mirrors have blind spots.)

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2. The camera installed on the rear window is not obstructed by rear-seat passengers, and reduces blind spots.

By installing the camera inside on the rear window, the electronic rear-view mirror reduces rear blind spots. Unlike conventional rear-view mirrors, this rear-view mirror provides a rearward view, fed by the camera, unobstructed by rear-seat passengers or objects present in the vehicle.

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3. The high-sensitivity camera provides a clear view at night or in a tunnel.

The camera with high-sensitivity obtains clear images during nighttime driving or when driving through a tunnel. The camera switches to the nighttime mode in conjunction with the headlight switch and reduces headlight glare seen when using conventional rear-view mirrors.

(Panasonic said that images are for illustrative purposes only; views using the actual product may vary. Pictures are simulations only.)