Japan becomes the first country to allow mirror-less vehicles

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Mirror-less cars have been a common feature at international auto shows for some time now, with concepts promoting concealed mirrors and futuristic replacement technologies.

However, these prototype designs look set to become a reality after Japan became one of the first markets to allow carmakers to replace the traditional mirrors with cameras.


This follows the UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations' 2015 approval for video replacements, providing they meet certain requirements.

Ichikoh Industries, which is known mainly as a supplier of lighting and mirrors, is just one of the companies hoping to capitalise on this new ruling.

During an interview at the company's Tokyo headquarters, CEO Ali Ordoobadi said: "Our job is to improve the visibility of the drive, with lighting and mirrors, but now also with cameras."

"There is a switch of technology, a kind of rupture."

"It's a really new segment with higher content, and that means higher revenue opportunities. This is the trend, and we have to be in front of the others," he added.

The use of video will vastly improve safety in cars, advocates claim. The cameras can be placed anywhere on the car, providing a comprehensive live view of all around the vehicle, therefore eradicating blind spots.

They will also be able to accommodate for glare, low light, and other distortions, all of which are inconveniences that can render mirrors useless.

The EU is expected to allow mirror-less vehicles from next year, with the US following suit in 2018.