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At a flip of a switch at the base of the rearview mirror, drivers of the CT6 will be able to change the mirror from a traditional unit to one that streams high-resolution video. But this isn’t for watching movies or checking your Facebook status; instead, it relays footage taken by a camera at the rear of the car.
This has the benefit of removing obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars when a driver needs to see what’s behind them on the road. Better yet, the video-streaming mode of the mirror improves field of vision by an estimated 300 percent, or roughly four times greater than a standard mirror.
A water-shedding hydrophobic coating is applied to the camera to keep it clean to maintain visibility regardless of the driving conditions. And thanks to a high dynamic range, the camera’s video feed also reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations, versus a traditional mirror.
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Right now it’s not clear if there will be any major regulatory hurdles to cross; similar camera-based systems for side mirrors, which automakers love because it would mean no more drag-creating side mirror caps, are not allowed yet under federal standards here in the U.S. Such a setup is already in use, however, on the super-slippery Volkswagen XL1 sold overseas.
We're guessing the video-streaming rearview mirror will be allowed by the time CT6 arrives. The car will go on sale next fall, as a 2016 model. Expect to see the special mirror appear in other General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] products shortly after.
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