April 10, 2007

Mazda to offer auto-dimming mirror with backup camera display

Irvine, California – Mazda North America has announced a new auto-dimming exterior mirror with integrated liquid crystal display (LCD) screen that gives drivers a view through the vehicle’s back-up camera. The first of its kind to be installed in vehicles in the North American market, the Back-Up Camera with Auto-Dimming Mirror Display will be available on CX-9 models not factory-equipped with DVD navigation systems.

When the vehicle is shifted into reverse, an LCD screen automatically appears on the mirror’s reflective surface, showing a real-time panoramic view of the area at the rear of the vehicle. The display disappears when the vehicle is shifted into any other gear.

Using special “transflective” coatings and lighting technology developed by Gentex Corporation, the 6-cm (2.4-inch) diagonal active-matrix video display is housed in an automatic-dimming rearview mirror.

“Safety is always a top priority for Mazda and we want all CX-9 customers to have the added security of a rear-view backup camera, regardless of the trim level or option package they select,” says Jack Stavana, director, Accessory Operations for Mazda North America. “The Back-Up Camera with Auto-Dimming Mirror Display kit is a great alternative for CX-9 buyers whose vehicles are not equipped with the factory navigation system and its integrated back-up camera.”

The mirror will be available as a dealer-installed or port-installed option, and includes the auto-dimming mirror and liftgate-mounted rear camera. The company says the option should be available in early summer, starting at US$665.

Connect with Autos.ca