[Photo provided by Hyundai Mobis Co.]
South Korea’s leading auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis Co. has developed a technology enabling vehicles to do away with side mirrors.
According to Hyundai Mobis on Sunday, it has developed camera monitor system, a device that shows display on the vehicle’s interior monitor after installing a camera sensor at where both wing mirrors were located. The auto components company said it will reach out to obtain global orders.
The latest technology significantly reduces blind area as it secures a wider angle of view and also can make a car look leaner by doing away with the extra eyes on the side.
The view angle of the camera sensor is about 35 degrees, which is more than double than that of a general side mirror of 17 degree. That would mean drivers no longer have to look over their shoulder or stretch out to check the blind area.
A monitor is also installed inside the vehicle, which hides any equipment from sticking out. The system also gets rid of any noise – mainly due to wind – from side mirrors, and reduces air resistance that help improve fuel efficiency.
Hyundai Mobis projected that application of its CMS that installs 2.0 megapixel or higher camera to replace side view mirrors will be extended in the era of autonomous vehicles that requires accurate indication of nearby vehicles.
Many countries, including Korea, have improved their laws and regulations to allow introduction of the CMS in vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp. has launched sales of world’s first mass produced Lexus applying the camera monitoring system.
The technology Hyundai Mobis has developed, meanwhile, will replace both side mirrors and rear-view mirrors.
By Lee Jong-hyuk and Lee Eun-joo
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