BMW wants to get rid of wing mirrors - here's how

i8 concept shows advanced motorway warning and blind spot technology

BMW plans to change the traditional wing mirror into a system of cameras that can eliminate blind spots and give advanced lane departure warnings to reduce accidents on the motorway.

Demoed on a 'mirrorless i8 concept', the system uses a combination of 8 cameras to project an image onto a screen where the traditional rear-view mirror would be.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The idea is to deliver more than 180 degree rear visibility to the driver without them having to take their view off the road ahead. On top of this, the cameras allow much more accurate lane departure warnings, meaning that cars approaching quickly from behind, say on the motorway, can be detected far away in the distance.

>Read our BMW i8 review

Removing traditional mirrors completely also brings a small aerodynamic benefit and improves wind noise at high speed.

Currently BMW offers a system of cameras on the new 7 Series which can give a birds-eye view when parking. Coupled with its gesture control technology, it's possible to control an external image of the car using just your hands. You can see this in action here.

Recommended

Visit/bmw/i8
BMW i8 coupe

BMW i8 review

21 May 2020
Visit/technology/203054/faster-lap-times-promised-by-garmin-catalyst-real-time-coaching-tool
Technology

Faster lap times promised by Garmin Catalyst real-time coaching tool

3 Sep 2020
Visit/mercedes/18211/mercedes-amg-project-one-testing-reaches-final-phases
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG One hypercar shown in new teaser video 

18 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/203098/the-worlds-10-best-gt-cars-6-4
Best cars

The world's 10 best GT cars - 6-4

These cars have the ability to make long-distance journeys relaxing while still being able to thrill on a twisting road
16 Sep 2020
Visit/mclaren/203105/five-mclaren-senna-gtr-lms-in-le-mans-liveries-revealed
McLaren Senna

Five McLaren Senna GTR LMs in Le Mans liveries revealed

Celebrating 25 years since McLaren’s domination of the 1995 Le Mans 24hr with the F1 GTR
18 Sep 2020
Visit/best-cars/203099/the-worlds-10-best-gt-cars-3-1
Best cars

The world's 10 best GT cars - 3-1

These cars have the ability to make long-distance journeys relaxing while still being able to thrill on a twisting road
16 Sep 2020
Visit/ferrari/gtc4lusso/203109/le-mans-24-hour-road-trip-in-a-ferrari-gtc4-lusso
Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Le Mans 24 hour road trip in a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

Adam Towler and snapper Aston Parrott made good use of the 2019 Le Mans 24hr race, road-tripping to the iconic race in the ultimate long-distance GT
19 Sep 2020