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Aston Martin to Debut Hybrid Rearview Mirror

By Paul Joseph

In recent years the technology around cameras in cars as an alternative to conventional door mirrors has accelerated dramatically.

Among the frontrunners in this field is British luxury brand Aston Martin, whose new design for a hybrid rearview mirror is set to make its debut at this year’s high profile CES tech show in Las Vegas, which kicks off this week.

Created in collaboration with American vehicle mirror experts Gentex, the Full Display Mirror (FDM) system is a combination of a traditional rearview mirror and three cameras combined.

The unit is capable of displaying three different video feeds simultaneously, which provides an extensive view of the rear and covers the blind spots too.

Two of the cameras are built into the wing mirrors while the third one is mounted on the roof. The system can be customised by the driver to show a combination of mirror and camera views. If the camera malfunctions or is blocked by the dirt or grime, the unit can act as an LCD display or a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Speaking about the system, Aston Martin CMO Simon Sproule said: “As a global luxury brand, our vehicles combine benchmark beauty and quality with performance and driver-assistance features that evoke a sensory response.

“The goal of this development program with Gentex is to ultimately implement a unique CMS [camera monitoring system] solution that enriches the Aston Martin driving experience for our customers around the world.”

Other car brands to have dabbled in similar technology in recent times include Audi who have designed e-Tron digital wing mirrors.

The CES technology show runs from 7-10 January.

By Paul Joseph