Nissan outs a smart rear mirror image

In car technology is starting to become one of the most crucial segments in which an automaker can assert its personality and when such tech is also enhancing safety, we’re surely interested.

For the 2014 New York auto show, Nissan has decided to aid motorists in seeing everything going on around their vehicle, especially in the usually cornered rear view. That’s what the concept of a new “smart rearview mirror” aims to do – improve rearview visibility, by transforming the conventional interior mirror into a LCD screen that allows the driver to see, for example, past back seat persons heads or a full trunk. It’s also definitely a safety feature, as it improves night and bad weather visibility a lot.

“Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan.

A 2014 Nissan Rogue will debut the technology and it’s a growing sign that automakers want to replace altogether the aging mirror with cameras that would adapt to the driving conditions. While the company hasn’t made any specific production plans, it said it would also use the feature in its ZEOD RC car set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.