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U.S. testing of mirrorless camera systems, in-car

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test how drivers will be able to make use of the camera, replacing the traditional rear-view mirrors in cars, a technology that has already been authorised in other countries, the agency said on Tuesday.

FILE PICTURE: An Audi 55 and the e-tron will be given in advance of the annual press conference at its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo

The planned tests by the agency, known as NHTSA would investigate the “driving and lane change maneuver in progress” cars with conventional mirrors, camera-based visibility systems, the ministry said in a statement on the provision of the public an opportunity to comment.

In March 2014, the Alliance of automobile manufacturers, a trade group representing General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG, VOWG_p.DE), Toyota Motor Corp and others, along with Tesla, Inc., in a petition to NHTSA to use the camera on the basis of the side and rear vision systems. A similar petition was filed by Daimler AG, in 2015, is seeking approval for the use of the camera, rather than heated door mirrors, heavy-duty trucks. These petitions are still under consideration.

NHTSA said in a report last year, it was the study of the subject. The new test would be, in the first instance, the focus is on passenger cars, and later in other vehicles.

Car manufacturers have often added to the front and rear cameras to assist in maneuvering, such as parking, but some of them are now adding out-of-the-camera photos to be visible without the use of traditional mirrors in other markets as well.

Toyota began sales of the Lexus ES in Japan last year, with cameras replacing rear-view mirror, and it was followed by Volkswagen, which began with the sale of the Audi e-tron model with a video cameras in place of mirrors in Europe in December.

Both are selling versions in the United States, with its traditional levels.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd will be the technology of the standard on a Honda when the model goes on sale in Europe later this year or early next year, a spokeswoman said.

The technology has already been adopted in Europe and Japan.

Mirrorless systems, are an example of where automotive technology is the regulatory curve,” in the United States, said Mark Dahncke, an Audi of America spokesman said.

The test will be if the car manufacturers are investing in the technology and autonomous driving capability.

Tesla said in October, all eight of the remote cameras in the Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars will be involved, which is a “360-degree visualization of the surrounding vehicles, while the cars still have the traditional mirror.

Report by Bryan Pietsch; Additional reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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