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Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror Gives Drivers an Extra Set of Eyes

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author photo by Lindsay Martell March 2014

If it's possible to make a rearview mirror sexy, Nissan has done it.

The automaker debuted the 3-part, super-functional Smart rearview mirror at the Geneva Motor Show last week. Functioning as both a built-in LCD monitor and a traditional mirror, it gives drivers the ability to switch between the mirror or monitor setting. It's kind of like the crown jewel of techy visibility, making sure drivers can see what's happening outside and inside their car.

This is no ho-hum reflective glass. In the mirror setting, it provides clear rearward visibility under even the most precarious conditions, such as torrential downpours or blindingly bright sunlight. And with just a flick of the switch, located at the bottom of the mirror, drivers gain a clear view of what's going on behind the vehicle on the LCD display.

The third part of the device is a high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the car, which serves as an extra set of eyes when it comes to blind spots and other potential hazards. One of the standout features is how the camera fires back consistently clear images with very little glare, even in a dim environment or when being trailed by someone who has their high beams on. It's a distraction-free way of knowing exactly what's going on without taking your eyes off the road.

Another plus? No more problems seeing out the rearview mirror when you've got tall passengers or suitcases stacked high in the back seat. Since the camera is mounted on the rear window, away from infringing obstructions, rearward visibility is wide open. It's nice to know that you don't have to tell your statuesque friends to duck.

"Smart rearview mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat, or the road conditions," said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president of Nissan, in a statement.

Nissan is no stranger to utilizing high-performance cameras and tech to help drivers see better. Its Around View Monitor assists with parking, thanks to a bird's-eye view of the car's environment, creating composite images caught on four cameras to display a virtual 360-degree image of the vehicle.

Drivers can expect to get the Smart rearview mirror in several 2015 Nissan models. Leave it to Nissan to make Smart pretty darn sexy.

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Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror Gives Drivers an Extra Set of Eyes - Autotrader