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Cadillac wants to replace rearview mirrors with digital displays

If you are itching to get your hands on a new car some time next year or the year after next, then you might want to check out the 2016 Cadillac CT6. What would make this particular ride more special than what we have seen in the past would be the fact that its new rear view mirror will not be a traditional rear view mirror, but rather, come in the form of a display instead. This means that there will be no reflective surface, apart from an LCD display that is a poor substitute for an actual mirror whenever there is no power flowing through it.

In 2016, a rearview mirror with a video display built-in will be a standard option on the Cadillac CT6, the carmaker’s upcoming flagship sedan. With the wide-angle video feed enabled, the “mirror” will offer a field of view up to four times greater than that of a standard mirror, according to GM. Of course, when you use a camera mounted in the car’s rear instead of a mirror, you won’t have to deal with kids or luggage getting in the way of your view, either. And Cadillac has apparently worked hard to make sure that the screen won’t be difficult to see in less-than-stellar conditions. In a press release, the company says that it’s using a “high dynamic range” camera that produces a “video feed [that] reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations, versus a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror.” The exterior camera also has a hydrophobic coating that should help keep it clear even in rainy conditions. Fortunately, if you do have issues viewing the video feed on the 1280 x 240 LCD built into the unit, you’ll be able to switch back to a traditional mirror with the click of a button.

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