2016 Cadillac CT6 to debut streaming video rear view camera
Cadillac has announced its new range-topping CT6 sedan will have an innovative rearview mirror that adds a new streaming video system giving the driver a completely unobstructed look at what's behind the car. Like Nissan's Smart rearview mirror, the Cadillac unit uses a video feed from a rear-mounted HD camera to fill the inside mirror with a real-time image, which is presented on a 1,280 x 240 TFT-LCD screen. However, Cadillac's mirror differs in providing a wide-angle perspective that's roughly four times as inclusive as the conventional optical alternative.
"The streaming video is a significant enhancement for the luxury customer interested in purposeful technology," said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer. "In addition to the increased field of view, the technology eliminates any rear seat, rear pillar or passenger obstructions, allowing the driver an unimpeded view of the lanes behind and traditional blind-spots."
Cadillac's new rearview mirror camera system is covered by no fewer than 10 patents, one for the actual streaming video and nine others for everything from the wide-angle image calibration, glare reduction and de-warping capability to the high dynamic range camera itself, which features a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to ensure it can function regardless of outside ambient weather or lighting conditions. The system can be disabled, should a driver choose, by simply flipping a switch on the bottom of the mirror. While the automaker has not yet indicated any additional future fitments for this new system, it seems likely to be rolled out in other models at some point after the 2016 Cadillac CT6 hits the showrooms next year.
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