Ford is introducing a Smart Mirror system that looks like a regular rear view mirror but is actually a high-definition screen.
The mirror shows a live feed from a camera on the rear of the van to helps drivers spot cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles that may be behind them, even when windowless rear doors or partitions are in the way.
It features automatic brightness control for optimum visibility in daylight and at night. The system offers a field of view that is twice the width of a conventional rear-view mirror. This helps drivers to be more aware of their surroundings, for example, when approaching roundabouts, changing lanes or checking before merging or turning into side streets.
Ford claims that the new mirror could benefit businesses by reducing the need for accident damage repairs, as well as potentially contributing to lower insurance premiums.
The mirror is now available for Ford Transit and Transit Custom vans fitted with windowless rear doors. Any Ford dealer can order and fit the system, which is compatible with Transit vans built from 2014 and Transit Custom models built from 2012.
Owen Gregory, director, commercial vehicle aftersales, Ford of Europe, said: “Providing our drivers with maximum visibility – especially in urban areas where there is so much to look out for – increases their confidence and is a key part of making journeys safer for them, and for other road users as well.”