BMW just showed a concept i8 called i8 Mirrorless at the CES. The car gets rid of the traditional rear view mirrors and adopted a whole new rear view system. The left and right rear view mirrors are now replaced with two cameras. The real time views of the left and right cameras and also the back camera are then showed together on the center “rear view mirror,” which is now a wide center digital display. Below are the pictures of the concept i8:
This concept can also be found in the 2014 movie Need for Speed. In the movie the project Ford Mustang is also equipped with a mirror less system. In the picture below we can see that the driver side mirror has been replaced by a camera facing backwards. Above the dashboard there’s a HUD which shows driving data and also the views of the left and right rear view cameras.
The advantage of the mirrorless concept is obvious:
- Integrated rear view. No need to look over shoulder anymore. Driver’s eyes always look towards the front. This increase safety.
- More efficient. With smaller casings only for the cameras, there’s less wind drag on the car.
- Nightvision cameras eliminates blind spots during night driving.
- Cars look cool with futuristic equipment like this.
Right now there’s no such product on the market. So for my main project, I decided to try it out and design a cost friendly mirrorless rear view system. Due to my budget, my design will be mostly focused on the left camera housing and the interior rear view digital display.
- Hook up camera and TFT display
- 3D printing the camera housing and display housing
- CMOS camera $10
- 2.4″ TFT display $6
- 3D printing filament
- Raspberry Pi $39
3/3-3/8 Concept sketch
3/8-3/11 Order parts
3/11-3/16 Making 3D printing parts
3/16-3/20 Assemble all the parts
3/20- 3/25 Review the product and refine
The timeline might be modified according to the actual process of the project. The project itself might also be slightly modified.