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Nissan's New “Intelligent” Rear View Mirror Will Make You Want It On Your Car

The 2018 Nissan Armada’s Intelligent Rear View Mirror is impressive and should be offered on all vehicles.

If you can’t see out of your rear view mirror, it’s like having one hand tied behind your back while driving. It’s annoying and unsafe to say the least when you are on a busy road and you have to change lanes or turn. Nissan has come up with a unique new “intelligent” rearview mirror for their 2018 Armada Large SUV that should be on all vehicles.

If you’ve ever loaded large items in the back of your car or SUV, you know how hard it is to see around them. Nissan has developed technology that will allow you to “look around” interior obstructions, such as cargo and tall passengers. Nissan’s technology is a first in the full-size non-luxury SUV segment.

How does it work?

The Armada’s Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM) uses a built-in LCD monitor within the traditional rearview mirror providing clear rearward visibility unimpeded by obstacles such as cargo, tall passengers or the design of a vehicle. Basically, the “intelligent” mirror uses a camera to see what the driver can’t.

Nissan Armada

The consumer benefits are of course many with this new technology. The I-RVM will "remove" interior obstacles such as oversize cargo and rear headrests. It also improves visibility in low-light conditions, reducing glare and providing an expanded field of view allowing the driver to feel more confident when maneuvering in a variety of traffic conditions. You can easily switch between intelligent and traditional mirror functions.

We would like to see this technology on all Nissan vehicles making obstructed driving safer. It will first be offered on the new Armada Platinum model ($58,690 2WD), ($61,590 4WD) with more models likely to come. The full-size, 8-passenger 2018 Nissan Armada SUV arrives September 1, at U.S. Nissan showrooms.

Watch Nissan Intelligent Rear View Mirror video below

Photo credit: Nissan


WadeTyhon (not verified)    August 31, 2017 - 10:10AM

I have this feature on my Bolt. I think a few Cadillacs have it as well.

It is very useful for the specific situation of having 3 people in the back seat or lots of stuff piled up in the hatch area. Or when backing out of a parking space while parked in between two large vehicles.

I don't use it constantly though since it is harder to quickly glance at a screen than a normal rear view mirror. My eyes have to readjust. But it has come in handy many times already!