Automotive video is more than kids watching movies in the backseat. Increasingly, we see in-car video being used to improve the driver’s visibility, potentially making cars safer.
- By May 2018, all new US vehicles will have to incorporate rearview cameras.
- And although regulations in the US currently mandate that vehicles have side mirrors, that might change. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has petitioned for permission to replace side and rear mirrors with digital cameras, as seen in Europe on VW’s XL1.
- Of course, video is already being used for safety in some contexts, with features like blindspot cameras and 360-degree parking cameras.
- Finally, video feeds could be especially useful while off-roading. JLR’s heads-up display gives drivers a view of terrain immediately in front of them, which is usually blocked by the front of the car.
What do you think–will our cars soon have more screens than windows?