how A car without mirrors? Really? That is the idea that we proposed BMW, and we are convinced that this solution could be implemented very soon in the same car that we have shown, the imposing BMW i8. In the street we have already seen cars without rear-view mirrors, although in a product of spin very limited, the Volkswagen XL1. Even, we have tried prototypes without rear-view mirrors, and we’ve given you 7 reasons why mirrors should die. BMW has surprised us once again with a BMW i8 without door mirrors, and a system sophisticated enough, and at the same time simple, as to believe that his arrival at the dealers is close, and it would not be far-fetched.
Although there are still doubts, and some legal issues to resolve, about this technology, a priori, all are advantages.
high resolution cameras are becoming more economic, and easier to integrate in the exterior, while with the screens, something very similar happens. This solution does not have to be expensive, and in the long run it saves on simplicity, and reliability. To protrude too much from the body, and employ mechanical components to your joints, the mirrors are prone to breakage and damage, plus does not benefit the improvement of aerodynamic (small effect), nor to the improvement of the comfort. A system of cameras well developed, on the other hand, it also has to be necessarily more secure, by the ease with which a camera’s wide-angle can prevent major problems, such as dead corners.
If to all this we add the fact that this system is integrated in a vehicle, such as the BMW i8, does not enjoy very good visibility, it is likely that we are at a solution that is truly interesting.
what is technology BMW i8 Mirrorless, without mirrors?
The exterior mirrors side have been replaced by a bracket smaller and lighter for two high resolution cameras. As well as a third chamber, in the rear window, to compensate for the absence of a rear view mirror to use, and above all to cover the lack of rear visibility that penalized them – by their design – the i8.
All these images combine to show a composition, of what goes on behind our BMW i8, which will be displayed in the natural position of the interior rearview, in a screen of 30 cm width and 7.5 cm in height.
This idea is really interesting, and different to the one that already showed the XL1 or the prototype Renault Eolab which we tested some time ago, in what the screens of the exterior mirrors were integrated in both doors. What BMW proposes is that we stop looking at one side and the other for maneuvers such as overtaking, and only look at the “mirror” inside, to get a unified image of what happens in our defence.
That means that we should get used to looking there, but that a priori minimizaríamos the time we look away from the road, or that are dedicated to change our gaze from one mirror to another.
The system would also include detection of dead corners, thanks to the sensors, and the recognition of images. So if the BMW i8 detects a risk nearby, such as the presence of a cyclist, or another car coming down the street to our side, would show on the display an icon to warn us of the risk.
Among other benefits of this vision of a car without mirrors to use, BMW mentioned the absence of reflexes that we shine, as the headlights of the cars approaching to the our in night driving. This screen would also help passengers when they want to get out of the car, check for approaching another car by the door that will open. A mirror does not serve for this purpose, it is oriented only to the driver, and the passengers of the rear seats, as much, would see the body. Passengers can check by looking at the screen that is not close no car to get out safely.
BMW of time does not confirm that you are going to soon see in dealerships. But after that we have sufficient reasons to think that in effect will make it so. For the benefits it brings, but above all by the role he is playing the BMW i8 as the flagship technology of the brand. Let us recall that this model became the first road car to use headlights laser.