Aston Martin and Gentex team up around hybrid mirror: ingenious idea – Numerama

While some manufacturers have replaced the traditional mirrors with cameras and screens, Aston Martin presents a hybrid mirror for the CES 2020.

There are many manufacturers who are trying to evade the classic rear view mirror. In May 2019, we discovered the Land Rover Evoque which has a rear view mirror that can become a real screen. The Audi e-tron has optional virtual exterior mirrors.

Aston Martin does not want to remove the classic rear view mirror but to make it evolve. For the CES 2020, the British manufacturer presents a new rear-view mirror which maintains its mirror function while incorporating screens that broadcast up to three video sources from cameras installed outside.

Aston Martin and Gentex team up around hybrid mirror ingenious - Aston Martin and Gentex team up around hybrid mirror: ingenious idea - Numerama
Prototype of Aston Martin's rear view mirror // Source: Gentex

This mirror is called Full Display Mirror (FDM), and this is a joint development between Gentex Corporation, an American auto parts maker, and the British maker.

A smart mirror that adapts to the driver

The idea of ​​this FMD is to broadcast three simultaneous external images from two cameras, each mounted in the side mirrors, and one more at the rear, on the roof of the car.

You will have the choice between broadcasting the images from the cameras or using the rear view mirror as a traditional mirror. You can also overlay the video image to combine the two.

Gentex also guarantees that they have found a way to connect the movement of the mirror to that of the cameras, which means that if you adjust the position of the mirror, the angle of view of the cameras will also be automatically adjusted. In other words, you will not need to adjust each camera and the position of the mirror separately.

Aston Martin and Gentex team up around hybrid mirror ingenious - Aston Martin and Gentex team up around hybrid mirror: ingenious idea - Numerama
The rear camera // Source: Gentex

This product will be on display at the Aston Martin booth at CES 2020. There is no question of marketing it on a vehicle yet.

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