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Digital Side Mirrors Become a Production Reality, but You Can’t Get Your Hands on One Just Yet

I’ll admit it — my brow furrowed after first glimpsing the digital side mirrors adorning the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES. Strange, foreign, and unnecessary, the automaker’s new “Digital Outer Mirrors” seem like an answer to a question no one asked, but obviously someone did.
My next thought was how this would meld well with automakers’ infuriating tendency to outfit their concept vehicles with narrow, useless blades jutting from the leading edge of the side glass. Thinking it over, I realized Toyota’s little mirror-scrapping experiment has too many upsides to ignore.
Offered only on the next-gen ES in Japan, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to use the limited roll-out as a litmus test, with the possibility of wider availability in the future.
We’ve already seen dual-function rear-view mirrors already, with drivers allowed to flip between a traditional reflection or a wide-angle video feed of the car’s aft environs. It’s a feature I found more useful than annoying in recent high-end GM vehicles. Still, replacing side mirrors with two 5-inch screens located at the base of the vehicle’s A-pillar is an extra measure of radical. It’s yet another feature that compels us to never look outside our vehicles.


But how much do we really see in our side-view mirrors?
Toyota’s system contains a camera shrouded by a narrow fairing, with the automaker claiming it’s impervious to snow and raindrop accumulation (and quieter at highway speeds). Not restricted by surface area like a mirror, the camera provides a wider field of view, while the screen places the blind-spot monitor more prominently in driver’s field of view. One has to wonder if shoulder checks are on the verge of extinction. More importantly, the camera/screen combo — free of raindrops or some other accumulated muck — can peer through the dark, as well as provide the same type of parking guides as a backup camera.

Despite my rampant traditionalism, it’s the night vision function that won this writer over. Nothing unnerves me more than making a simple right-hander at night, especially from a stop. Why? There’s bike lanes everywhere around Casa Steph, and describing the reasons why would only prompt a rant. Certainly, all road users and pedestrians must remain alert to their surroundings, but some cyclists prefer to go about their lives with the phrase “He’s supposed to see me” floating through their minds. The right-hand turn is often where steel meets bike, especially when the vehicle is accelerating away from a stop.
Please don’t send me hate mail, militant bike lobby (that includes you, sporty guy who almost smacked into the side of a bus after berating me for stopping at a stop sign, then proceeding to make a left-hand turn, signal on, through the intersection you were blowing through at 25 mph.) Oh right, I promised not to rant.
Anyway, your local Lexus dealer won’t have any of these trick camera-mirrors available when the next-gen ES goes on sale this fall, but it might not stay that way. While I harbor concerns about the potentially distracting nature of the screen’s placement, it seems to be the way the industry’s heading.

High-tech cameras replace door mirrors on every variant.

The so-called “Side Camera Mirror System” is similar to the virtual door mirrors seen on top-of-the-range versions of Audi’s new E-Tron electric SUV, and uses rear-facing cameras and small screens in the cabin to show drivers the view down the car’s flanks. In the case of the Honda, the cameras sit in housings just below the window line, with their images fed back to six-inch screens at either end of the dashboard.


Honda claims the system will help the car “retain a modern, clean and simple design,” which already includes stepless A-pillars and flush-fitting “pop-out” door handles. The company also says the side cameras will not protrude beyond the wheel arches, unlike conventional door mirrors, which could prevent the car from fitting through gaps or into garages.
And the advantages don’t stop there. Honda also notes that the cameras are more aerodynamic than conventional mirrors, improving the car’s efficiency and range. And there are safety advantages, too, with a choice of “normal” or “wide” views available for the driver to select. The wide view is said to reduce blind spots by half, while even normal view provides a 10-percent improvement.


Honda is also planning to integrate the reversing camera system with the mirrors, projecting guidelines on to the six-inch displays to help drivers maneuver. And to prevent the cameras becoming clouded by water or dirt, they will have specially designed housings that stop water droplets appearing on the lens, which will also feature a water-repellent coating.
In a statement, Honda said: ““As well as improving visibility, these compact cameras reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90 percent compared to conventional door mirrors. The result is an approximate 3.8-percent improvement for the entire vehicle, contributing to the models’ overall efficiency and range. Furthermore, there is a significant reduction of wind noise compared to normal side mirrors at higher speeds.”
The Honda E electric car is expected to hit the roads at some point in 2020, with the full production version’s reveal slated for later this year. However, prospective customers can already make a reservation or register their interest in the new vehicle.

HONDA CONFIRM SIDE CAMERA MIRROR SYSTEM AS STANDARD FOR HONDA E


    Side Camera Mirror System delivers design, safety and aerodynamic benefits    Camera images are relayed to interior screens ergonomically positioned for drivers view    Reservations for priority order of the Honda e are now open in selected European Markets
Honda has confirmed that the Side Camera Mirror System seen on the prototype version of the new Honda e urban electric vehicle will be standard when the car enters production. The technology, a first in the compact segment, brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.
The Side Camera Mirror System replaces conventional side view mirrors with compact cameras providing live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. These screens are integrated at either end of the dashboard, ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver.
The next-generation camera technology helps the car retain a modern, clean and simple design, and complements the stepless A-pillars and flush ‘pop out’ door handles also confirmed for the production version of the Honda e. Unlike conventional side mirrors, the cameras are contained within the width of the car and do not extend beyond the wheel arches.
As a result, not only is visibility improved, but also the compact cameras reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90% compared to conventional door mirrors – an approximate 3.8% improvement for the entire vehicle that benefits the car’s efficiency and range. Furthermore, there is a significant reduction of wind noise that is normally generated by side mirrors at higher speeds.
The camera unit housings are also deliberately shaped to prevent water drops on the lens, with a water-repellent coating on the lens surfaces to deter any other residual water build up.
The optimal positioning of the Side Camera Mirror System cameras delivers a host of safety advantages. The driver can choose between ‘normal view’ and ‘wide view’ via the vehicle settings, extending the field of vision further than with conventional side mirrors and reducing blind spots by around 10% in normal view and approximately 50% in wide view. Further benefits are experienced when reverse gear is selected, guidelines appear on the side view screens in addition to an enhanced camera angle, expanding visibility.
Brightness levels on the interior displays are automatically adjusted based on the prevailing light conditions. Extensive testing and development have been undertaken to ensure the Side Camera Mirror System delivers superior visibility in poor weather, low-light and night-time conditions with no dazzle or glare. This provides drivers with greater clarity and awareness of surrounding objects than conventional side view mirrors in all conditions.
Honda’s new compact electric car is a bold step for the brand in terms of design and technology, and forms part of the brand’s strategy to feature electrified technology in all cars it sells in Europe by 2025. It will feature a competitive range of over 200km, ‘fast charge’ functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes.
Inside, the spacious, contemporary interior creates a comfortable lounge-like feel with an intuitive and customisable dual touch-screen interface to keep passengers engaged with their connected lifestyles. The car’s sporty rear-wheel drive set up, advanced electric powertrain and high-performance battery, delivers a fun, dynamic driving experience.
The production version of the Honda e will be unveiled later this year and customers can make a reservation for priority ordering online in UK, Germany, France and Norway or register their interest in other European markets on the Honda national websites.

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Traffic Light Cameras: Speeding and Red Light Violations
The basics of red light and speed cameras and how they’re used to enforce traffic laws.
In many jurisdictions, cameras are used as a tool to enforce traffic laws. Cameras are also sometimes used to catch drivers who fail to pay tolls, don’t stop for school buses, or disobey railroad crossing signals. But this article discusses two of the more common examples of traffic cameras—red light and speed cameras.

What Are Red Light and Speed Cameras?
Red light cameras. Red light cameras are set up at intersections to catch drivers who run the signal. A sensor estimates the speed of the vehicle as it approaches the intersection. If the vehicle is going a certain speed and won’t be able to stop when the light turns red, the camera is triggered to take a picture and/or video. The red light camera captures the date, time, and location of the violation and the vehicle’s license plate number.
Speed cameras. Speed cameras—which utilize radar equipment that is linked to the camera—are usually set up near school zones or areas where drivers often exceed the speed limit. When the radar detects a vehicle that is exceeding the speed limit, the camera is triggered to take a picture of the vehicle. Speed cameras record the speed of the vehicle, along with the details of the violation (date, time, and location) and the vehicle’s plate number.How States Use Traffic Enforcement Cameras


Laws regarding the use of traffic enforcement cameras vary by state: Some states prohibit their use entirely, the laws of other states don’t address the use of traffic enforcement cameras at all, and many states allow traffic cameras but impose certain restrictions and requirements for their use. For example, Texas allows red light cameras by city ordinance, but speed cameras are prohibited. Many other states allow the use of traffic enforcement cameras but limit their use to certain areas, such as school or construction zones.
In states that allow the use of traffic enforcement cameras, typically, there must be warning signs posted indicating that compliance with traffic laws is enforced with cameras. Generally, these signs must be placed in conspicuous areas, within a certain distance of the signal or along the route where the camera is located.
In states that permit the use of red light cameras, the law normally requires yellow traffic lights to remain yellow for a specific minimum length of time.How Traffic Citations Are Issued
Generally, the police officer who reviews the photograph or video of a violation must sign the citation. The citation is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle within a certain period of time after the alleged violation. The registered owner will typically receive the citation within ten to 90 days. The citation is sent to the address associated with the vehicle on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”). The registered owner then has a period of time (usually 30 days) to respond to the citation.
Typically, there’s a presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver when the citation was issued. However, the laws of most states give the registered owner an opportunity to provide evidence that he or she was not the driver. For example, the registered owner might provide an affidavit stating the name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation. Or, if the vehicle was stolen prior to the alleged violation, the registered owner might provide a police report of the theft.
In some jurisdictions, sending a sworn affidavit to the court is sufficient to have the citation dismissed. Other states require the defendant to appear in court to dispute the ticket.Traffic Camera Citation Penalties
The penalties for a red light or speed camera ticket are typically less severe than for a non-camera traffic citation. Generally, a traffic violation conviction based on a camera enforcement system will result in a fine of $100 or less. And in most states, no points will be added to an offender’s driving record.

What is a red light camera?

A red light camera is a camera on a pole mounted a few metres back from an intersection that takes a photo of vehicles that enter an intersection after the traffic light has turned red. For the camera to not be triggered, the vehicle must stop behind the white stop line, or already be fully in the intersection when the light turns red. The photo is taken of the back of the vehicle.
Red light cameras work by detecting when a car crosses the line while the light is red. You will sometimes see them flash if emergency services vehicles pass through a red light.
Some cameras can only detect red light runners and they will be signposted like this:

Whereas others can detect red light runners and speeding. They are usually signposted like this:
The speed cameras can detect speeding regardless of whether the lights are red, yellow or green.
The red light cameras are there to discourage people from running the red light, and thus risking a collision. They are installed at high-risk intersections (usually those that have experienced five serious crashes in five years caused by red light runners). They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The photograph vehicles that go through a red light, then a penalty notice is sent to the owner of the vehicle. The owner can then either:
    Pay the fine    Advise the State Debt Recovery Office on a statutory declaration the name and address of the person driving at the time of the offence.    Advise the State Debt Recovery Office they want to have the case heard by a    court.


The camera only takes a photo if you cross the stop line more than 0.3 seconds after the light has gone red. This means that if you have already entered the intersection on a yellow light, it won’t trigger the camera. Heavy vehicle drivers must be aware that their trailers could trigger the camera.
Two photos are taken. The second one is taken approximately one second after the first one and proves whether a vehicle continued through the intersection or just happened to not quite stop before triggering the camera. Police at the Traffic Camera Office determine whether an offence was committed.
The date, time, lane position and amount of time the light was red for are imprinted on the photo. If the camera monitors speed, too, your speed and the local speed limit will also be provided.
It’s a $415 fine if you are caught on the camera.
Running a red light puts other vehicles and pedestrians at risk.
All speed cameras and red light cameras are tested and calibrated every year to maintain accuracy.