Camera technologies are increasingly finding their way into a wide range of vehicle classes. For the first time, the international automotive supplier Continental (Hannover, Germany) used a prototype vehicle to demonstrate how a camera monitor system can replace a car's exterior and interior mirrors.
Three cameras from Continental's product range were installed inside the test vehicle. Instead of the rear-view mirror, the driver has two monitors with organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) oriented in the usual viewing directions and displaying what is happening at the rear and sides of the vehicle. In addition to giving the driver a wider field of vision, the system eliminates glare, provides traffic situation detection with driver assistance functions, is much less susceptible to dirt and dust, makes damaged wing mirrors a thing of the past and gives drivers better vision in poor light and rain. Vehicle fuel consumption is also reduced (less wind resistance) and there is less noise from the wind.