2018 Nissan Armada Features Intelligent Rearview Mirror
Flashy Gimmick or Practical Tool?
Updated September 8, 2017
The 2018 Nissan Armada has finally made an appearance. As the car received a major overhaul only a year ago, we weren’t really expecting anything new or cool for this year. Nissan did end up surprising us with the addition of a rather fine new feature, though.
While we’ve seen mirrors with LCD displays in them before, it seems that Nissan is trying to write the final word on the matter. Instead of placing a small screen in the corner of the mirror, Nissan has opted to replace the entire thing with one!
The 2018 Nissan Armada will be getting a whole new piece of tech called the Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM). The I-RVM uses a high-performance rear-facing camera to display exactly what is behind the vehicle in place of a true reflection.
This feature can be turned on just by an easy flip of a switch on the underside of the mirror. This neat design will be standard on the Armada Platinum grade.
Nissan Believes I-RVM To Be A Useful System For the Massive 2018 Nissan Armada
Per Nissan’s official press release:
“The consumer benefits of the I-RVM are many, including “removing” interior obstacles such as oversize cargo and rear headrests, improving visibility in low-light conditions, reducing glare and providing an expanded field of view.”
Michael Bunce, Nissan North America’s VP of Product Planning, said:
“Not since a magic mirror of children’s fables has a mirror seemed to have such special powers as the new I-RVM. It provides a clear, expanded field of view under a wide range of conditions – giving the driver the best possible view of the rear flanks, no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how many balloons you have to take to that party.”
Nissan went all in designing the system. They are using a high-quality camera and image processing system to project images to the display, which has a unique aspect ratio of approximately 4:1. They aimed to free the picture of glare in order to make the camera and the whole I-RVM system work as perfectly as possible.
While some might be concerned with the system’s performance at night due to glare from headlights, Nissan has done two things to counteract this. First, the camera is actually much higher up on the vehicle than a traditional backup camera. This means that vehicle headlights generally do not point straight at it. The camera is also housed behind the rear window, inside of the vehicle, which means the tint of the glass will also help reduce glare. It’s also behind a section that gets cleaned by the rear wiper, so dust will never be an issue!
Is this the most innovative tech in cars we’ve seen this decade? I think this is a very important step forward for automotive safety features and I’ll give it until 2025 before we see the majority of vehicles sporting this feature or something similar.
How do you feel about the I-RVM on the 2018 Nissan Armada? Overpriced and overrated or exciting and essential? Let us know in the comments!
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