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Using a camera tucked under the liftgate spoiler and an innovative LCD rearview mirror inside the cabin, this technology is able to provide a wide-angle rearward display with no obstructions from the vehicle’s body or occupants and a clear image regardless of weather or lighting – even if the car is being followed by another vehicle with bright headlights. The Smart Rearview Mirror can be switched off when the driver just wants to use the conventional rearview mirror, but the big challenge was creating a surface that would clearly show the camera’s display through the reflective mirror.
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Though not approved for production use in the U.S. just yet, Nissan says that the Smart Rearview Mirror will be rolled out to customers in Japan this year before being introduced in other global markets over the “next few years.” It will also be used in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in Nissan’s race cars including the ZEOD RC.