Imagine you’re taking a cross-country road trip. You have three different friends who are seven feet tall and they are all in your backseat. They’ve all brought along suitcases that are even taller than them, and these are stacked floor to ceiling in your trunk. Oh, also it’s pouring rain and you’re stuck behind a semi spewing a constant flood onto your windshield. This may just sound like the premise of a really hacky slapstick comedy, but hang with me. You’d love to change lanes, of course, but how can you see well enough to make sure there’s no one back there? There’s no way!
No way, that is, until you get your hands on an all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue equipped with Smart Rearview Mirror technology. The new system features a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle, capturing a video feed that is then projected onto the rearview mirror to provide a clearer and more extensive view than the traditional mirror. Plus, since the mirror is on the outside, you’ve precluded the possibility of the aforementioned terrible slapstick comedy; no matter who or what is in your back seat or trunk, you can still see cause the camera is behind it all!
“Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan. “It also offers the possibility of new and exciting designs for our upcoming models, ensuring that appearance no longer has to be compromised for visibility and functionality. We’ll have the flexibility to create new shapes and to further improve aerodynamics for better driving dynamics and fuel efficiency.”
Of course, this new rearview mirror technology might be hard to get used to. No fear! Nissan allows you to easily toggle back and forth between the LCD monitor view and a traditional rearview mirror. One of the new Rogues, outfitted with the new rearview mirror technology, is currently sitting on display at the New York International Auto Show. The new rearview mirror will be slowly rolling out across global new car markets, so check back with us here at Lewis Nissan for more information about the new Rogue and its special rearview mirror very soon!