Nissan shows off Smart Rearview Monitor

Nissan shows off Smart Rearview Monitor

I love cool technology, and yesterday Nissan showed me another feature that might just have become my new favorite.

I'm short, and sometimes when I have tall passengers or high rear headrests, my visibility out the rear window is obscured. The Smart Rearview Mirror (SRVM) is designed to make all those obstacles disappear in an easy and intuitive manner and give excellent visibility out the rear of the vehicle.

The SRVM basically gives the driver the ability to turn the regular rearview mirror into an LCD monitor that's hooked to a camera out of the top rear of the vehicle.

Nissan expects to launch this technology in Japan sometime this year. They haven't given any indication when it will arrive in the United States, but it's likely that it won't be before 2015.

In the video below, Tony Baehner, senior manager product planning of Nissan North America, gives me a quick demonstration of this cool technology. Oh, and don't mind Ed who comes in halfway and interrupts the demo. His wife doesn't know he was there. So, shhhhh.

 

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  • Since all sedans have had their rears hiked since about 1990, this should have happened 20 years ago. At least MB was demonstrating rear view cameras then, although my reaction was "don't block the back with the trunk."

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