Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Ficosa and Panasonic have co-developed an intelligent rearview mirror system (IRMS) with an enhanced scope of vision. The system includes an integrated display in the structure of the rearview mirror and a camera located in the rear of the vehicle.

Said camera provides a high-resolution image and can be integrated into various locations of the car, inside and out. Images will then be projected to an LCD screen that’s developed by Panasonic.

The system will extend the field of vision by up to 50 degrees (double that of a traditional glass mirror) and at the same time, it will reduce blind spots considerably, the company claims. To add to that, the company also says that it lessens glare and improves visibility in low light areas.

Meanwhile, IRMS has other value-added features, including a split screen ability – it will work as a mirror and a monitor simultaneously. Here, it’s capable of projecting other images from other devices integrated within the vehicle so that one can monitor children in the back seat, for example.

A “smart sensor” and a “camera cleaning” system can be added into the mix too. The system can also allow the inclusion of an advanced driver assistance systems to provide information of surrounding vehicles.

Ficosa says that it is already in the midst of working with several car manufactures on the integration of the IRMS system and is currently customising it accordingly to their requirements. Regulation in this field will be approved on a European level by the middle of 2016, and it expects to see vehicles integrating this system by the start of 2018.