Published: March 31, 2016 | Barcelona
Ficosa, the Spanish Tier-1 supplier of vision systems anticipates the market with the presentation of an intelligent rearview mirror (IRMS). This system, which has an integrated display in the structure of the interior rearview mirror, works as a mirror or as a monitor that relays images from the camera located at the rear of the vehicle, according to the driver’s needs. IRMS is the first product developed as the result of the alliance with Panasonic, integrating the know-how of Ficosa with the technology of the Japanese company.
The agreement between Ficosa and Panasonic was formalized on 30th June 2015 with the Japanese multinational acquiring 49% of Ficosa shares.
The intelligent interior mirror provides a significant added value to the conventional mirror, enhancing the driving experience and increasing safety and driving comfort. This solution extends the rearward field of vision up to a value of 50° (more than double compared to a traditional mirror), which considerably reduces blind spots. It also attenuates the glare and improves visibility in low light areas.
The camera built into this intelligent mirror is digital and offers a high resolution image. Ficosa has the ability to integrate the camera in various locations of the car according to the preferences of automobile manufacturing companies, either inside or outside the vehicle. This system also includes a Panasonic LCD screen, which is located in the traditional structure of the interior mirror, being able to operate as a mirror or a display that transmits with razor sharp the images that gathers the camera.
IRMS also stands out for its ability to work split screen as a mirror and monitor simultaneously. In this operating mode it can also project the image of other devices integrated in the vehicle as parking camera or even internal cameras to control children, among other devices. Additionally, it will also allow the inclusion of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) in this vision system, giving information about surrounding vehicles to the driver.
Currently, Ficosa is already working with different car manufacturers on the integration of intelligent interior rearview mirror, customizing it according to their requirements. It is expected that the regulation in this field will be approved in a European level by the middle of this year and it is foreseen that vehicles can circulate with this system integrated by the beginning of 2018.