Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 26th January 2016 1096

BMW Take A New View Of Mirror In Latest Concept Car

In unveiling a concept car this month, BMW may have heralded the demise of the rear view mirror. BMW

The i8 Mirrorless is a version of its eye-catching hybrid sports cars in which the mirrors have been replaced by cameras, two in place of the wing mirrors and one at the top of the rear window.

While cameras have been used to improve the view behind in cars before, BMW has taken it a major step forward by using digital stitching to combine the images from this trio of cameras.

The resultant panoramic is displayed where the traditional rear view mirror would be, on a screen almost twelve inches wide and three high.

Ten further intelligence kicks in. If the car ‘thinks’ that the driver is about to make a turn or change lanes, the cameras automatically widen the field of view to minimise any ‘blind spot’ risks. Also, if it ‘thinks’ there is a hazard in the view being displayed, it will highlight it on the screen.

BMW claims that deploying these cameras will be beneficial in a number of other ways beyond the improved visibility. Unlike mirrors, the cameras would never need any manual adjustment and would also adjust to eliminate glare.

The wing-mounted ones will have less drag and create less wind noise, than traditional mirrors. BMW is looking to put mirrorless solutions into production vehicles later this year.

Meanwhile, pundits are divided between those who say cars with cameras in place of mirrors will be de rigueur by 2020 and those who baulk at the idea because the spares will be so much more expensive if these are a problem.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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