What driver has not ever had a scare for not detecting another vehicle located in a blind spot? And it is that this is a constant danger that you face when you hit the road, which has already been reduced thanks to the sensors of the mirrors in new cars. But now the definitive solution may arrive: replace the traditional mirror mirrors with exterior cameras and interior screens.
This is MAN's innovative digital mirror replacement system OptiView, for which classic mirror arms are not required. In particular, the elimination of external mirrors increases the direct field of vision in trucks. In addition, blind spots from the driver's and passenger's seat are reduced.
During critical manoeuvres, the driver can also have an excellent overview of traffic and other road users through the images on the screen. In addition, the two high-definition screens in the cabin automatically adapt to the surrounding lighting so that you can always see the camera image perfectly.
How does it work? The two exterior cameras (focus and wide angle), installed in the door frames on each side of the truck, replace the side mirrors. Another, placed on the outside on the passenger side, replaces the interior front mirror. These cameras can be folded manually, are waterproof and heat up automatically. In addition, they filter glare.
Inside the vehicle, two HD cameras with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels are installed, whose brightness and contrast are automatically adapted (although they can also be adjusted with control modules). The one that goes to the driver's side is 12 inches, while the one installed in the passenger seat is 15. Auxiliary lines can be drawn on both of them to better assess the distance and length of the vehicles.
In addition, MAN OptiView can generate three different camera views so that the driver always has the perfect visual set-up. The in-vehicle display will change views automatically based on driving direction, vehicle speed and steering angle, but can also be done manually with the door control module on the driver and passenger side.
-Standard view: The field of vision that appears in the standard view is comparable to the field of vision of a conventional mirror. A vertical and horizontal dividing line divides the screen into four asymmetrical quadrants. Fields of view for the exterior, wide-angle, and curb mirrors are displayed in these quadrants. The camera images are digitally stitched into one continuous image, so you can see the area to the sides and behind the vehicle quickly and safely.
-View with 'zoom': In the view with zoom you can detect in advance objects that are further away, such as vehicles approaching from behind in the next lane. This is why the quadrant with the exterior mirror has a significantly larger portion of the screen. The zoom view is activated automatically with a Speed above 60 km/h and can also be activated manually, for example, if you are going to reverse.
-Wide angle view: In this view, only the wide angle area will appear on the screen to be able to see the surroundings of the vehicle without blind spots. The driver can choose between two modes: With automatic city detection, the wide-angle view will activate automatically at a speed of 45 km/h and, with automatic curve detection, it will activate at a speed of 50 km/h if the indicator is on or a certain angle between the vehicle and the semi-trailer is reached.