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BMW's new tech: No need for rear-view mirror?

2016-01-06 08:48

MIRRORLESS SYSTEM: The dashboard of the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car displays images from three cameras to eliminate the need for a rear-view mirror. Image: AP/John Locher

Tom Krisher

Las Vegas - The limited sight line of your car's rear-view mirror may be a thing of the past.

BMW showed off its i8 electric car's mirrorless system.

Images from three cameras are combined on a display that replaces the interior mirror, giving the driver larger viewing angles and eliminating blind spots.

How it works

The system analyzes the images and alerts drivers to potential hazards with yellow warning icons. The replacement mirror also has lines showing the car's trajectory when parking.

The i3 electric car has a roof-mounted camera replacing its mirror, giving a much wider angle of view.

BMW also introduced gesture controls for its 7 Series that controls infotainment and communication features without touching a screen.

Watch: BMW shows off its latest tech at CES

NEW TECH: BMW board member Klaus Froehlich introduces the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car during a news conference at CES International. Image: AP /John Locher)




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