High-resolution video streaming removes obstructions like passengers, head rests, roof and rear pillars
Cadillac’s Rear Camera Mirror has been named a 2015 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award winner. The annual awards cover the magazine’s choices of the year’s top 100 technology innovations and appear in the December issue.
“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners – chosen from among thousands of nominees – are each a revolution in their respective fields.”
The Rear Camera Mirror will be available on the upcoming Cadillac CT6 sedan and Cadillac XT5 crossover.
The streaming video mirror improves field of vision by an estimated 300 percent, or roughly four times greater than a standard rearview mirror. The high-resolution streaming video function will remove obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars.
Thanks to a high dynamic range, the camera’s video feed reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations versus a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror. The in-mirror display is an industry-leading 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LCD display with 171 pixels per inch, combined with a high-definition camera designed specifically to enhance rear view lane width and maximize low-light situations.
A water-shedding hydrophobic coating is applied to the camera to keep it clean and able to maintain visibility regardless of driving conditions.
Researchers and engineers working on this Cadillac innovation have been awarded 10 patents – one for the streaming video mirror and nine for video processing. The patents cover innovations in the wide field of view camera image calibration, de-warping, glare reduction and camera hardware design.