By Otsile Kadiege
Ford South Africa has introduced a useful new feature called “Smart Mirror” which is designed to improve visibility and help van drivers spot cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles behind them, even when windowless rear doors or partitions are in the way. This could be beneficial for businesses by reducing the need for costly accident damage repairs, as well as potentially contributing to lower insurance premiums.
This nifty new system looks exactly like a regular rear view mirror – but is actually a high-definition screen that clearly displays a panoramic view behind the van. Full Display Interior Mirror shows a live feed from a camera on the rear of the van and features automatic brightness control for optimum visibility in daylight and at night. The system offers a field of view that is twice the width of a conventional rear-view mirror. This helps drivers to be more aware of their surroundings, for example, when approaching roundabouts, changing lanes or checking before merging or turning into side streets.
We have enjoyed using a similar system known as ClearSight Rear View Mirror in Land Rovers and cannot wait to experience on Ford vehicles here in Mzansi.
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