Magna sees a future in video rearview mirrors

It’s a slow ride on the regulatory side to the day when cameras replace mirrors in cars, but when that does happen, Magna International is poised to own a large piece of the market.

“We’re well-suited for the future when that trend comes, but we see it as a slow, slow adoption at the moment,” said Keith Foote, a vice-president of engineering with Magna Mirrors of America.

The Canada-based company, along with advanced-electronics supplier Gentex, revealed in late October rearview mirrors that can switch from a traditional reflection to a panoramic live-video display.

It has been a year since Lexus said it was eliminating traditional side mirrors in favor of sleek digital cameras in what it called an industry-first move to improve safety and visibility and reduce cabin noise and driver distraction.