Technology company Continental has presented the
next generation of its ProViu Mirror digital side-view mirror. The new version
of the camera system now has only one single image – and it’s large, seamless
and intuitive for the driver. The various images from the cameras mounted on
the side of the driver’s cabin are displayed on the interior displays as one
single merged image by ProViu Mirror. This increases the visible area and
reduces blind spots.
“Instead of a one-to-one
imitation of the traditional mirror, we’re now exploiting the full potential of
camera monitor systems,” explains Dr. Michael Ruf, Head of the Commercial
Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit at Continental. “Thanks to the Merged
View display, the driver has an even better overview of the current traffic
situation. This comprehensive visual check makes a major contribution to
anticipatory driving and helps prevent accidents. One major advantage of the
previous version has been retained – reduced air resistance, meaning up to two
percent less fuel consumption,” he added.
In the ProViu Mirror system,
two cameras are mounted on each side of the vehicle, covering the areas of the
main side-view, wide-angle and close-range mirrors. The images are transmitted
to two displays on the right and left sides of the A-pillar in the cabin, so
the camera images are permanently in the user’s line of vision.
Until now, the different
fields of view captured by the cameras were displayed as individual images, one
above the other. In the new version, the developers at Continental have merged
the fields of view into one single image on the display, so the driver can
always see the entire vehicle environment. The danger caused by not looking at
a relevant field of view at the right time and overlooking other road users or
obstacles as a result is therefore reduced. The new displays are larger and
have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Continental has also continued to improve the image
presentation: Thanks to full HD resolution, the images that the driver sees are
now even more contrast-rich and detailed. The displays on the A-pillar can be
optionally supplemented by a central display on the instrument panel that shows
the area of the front mirror.
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