The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved the use of displays instead of traditional rearview mirrors in vehicles.
We’ve seen the first application of this technology in the 2016 Cadillac CT6, as the automaker announced last year. Specifically, the vehicle uses what’s called a “Hybrid Full Display Mirror,” which has the ability to operate as either a standard auto-dimming mirror or a rear video display.
The tech was developed by Gentex Corporation, a Michigan-based group with a long-running association with General Motors, so it’s no surprise we’ve seen Cadillac roll it out first.
Using a display connected to a rearview camera to show the area behind the vehicle is beneficial in a number of ways. Because the view isn’t obstructed by C and D pillars, headrests, passengers, and luggage, rear visibility is greatly increased and side blind zones are substantially reduced. And in case the system fails, or if drivers desires to see the interior of the vehicle, they can simply switch to the standard mirror.
Look for it in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 at Sarant Cadillac!