- The windshield is built up
- Maneuvering becomes hell in these cars
- The triumph of cameras in the car
- Automakers are declining
- The camera replaces the mirror
The windshield is built up
This is how Toyota envisions the all-round view of the future: There are no more windows, only displays onto which images are projected. They are generated by cameras that …monitor the car all around. The “Fun Vii” concept car was presented in 2011
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Look good instead of looking good: The all-round view of modern cars with thick roof pillars is poor. Precisely because the car is learning to see, forward visibility is now also impaired.
F.Drives through a busy city center in a modern car, stopping at a red light. The driver bends his head to one side, slides his body back and forth and then a little deeper into the seat. Purpose of the exercise: He wants to know when the traffic light turns green.
A box with which the car learned to see makes it difficult for him to see through. It is emblazoned in the upper central area of the windshield and contains cameras and sensors that are required for systems such as the lane departure warning system, distance cruise control, intelligent headlight systems or traffic sign recognition.
There are also rain light, temperature and humidity sensors. With some manufacturers, the boxes are almost the size of small petrol cans.
It is well known that the design of modern cars generally negatively affects the view to the rear and to the sides. Car testers and organizations like Dekra or ADAC have been criticizing this trend for years.
Maneuvering becomes hell in these cars
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Tenth place: Lamborghini Aventador. There are cars that are not made for parking because the designers assume that their owners will have enough space to park…heap – like with the Lamborghini Aventador. The Dubai police can shunt whatever they want anyway. An additional obstacle when parking close to the curb: the centrally located exhaust.
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Ninth place: Honda Civic. The compact is a completely inconspicuous car, unfortunately it is uncomfortably noticeable when reversing. The rear window is relatively small and the B-…Pillar big.
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Eighth place: Ferrari FF. In Italian sports cars, an endlessly long hood makes it difficult to see ahead.
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Seventh place: Mercedes CLA. Actually, maneuvering in a modern car shouldn’t cause any problems even without a camera. Unfortunately, we found it difficult at the CLA. The sporty one…e offshoot of the sedan is wider than you might think.
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Sixth place: Mini Coupe. The apparent compactness of the small BMW offshoot has its pitfalls. Behind the rear and the bonnet it goes even further.
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Fifth place: BMW X5. Somehow expected. Anyone who hovers over things does not always have a good overview. The ADAC testers also found that out. When parking you feel… sometimes like this, so you want to put a rectangle into a circular object.
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Fourth place: BMW 7 Series. In chauffeur circles, the sedan, model series E65 (2001 to 2008), is just the tinny blind spot. Some wanted it because of its enormous size… ever in the desert, especially when they were out in heavy rush hour traffic.
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Third place: Phantom Corsair: Okay, it’s true, the 1938 Phantom was a one-off whimsy of the car enthusiast Rusty Heinz, a member of the ketchup dynasty. But would be his creation…r not killed in a car accident, the Corsair would have gone into series production.
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Second place: Cadillac Fleetwood. How many meters does this caddy protrude over the rear wheels? If you block an entire street in Berlin Prenzlauer-Berg?
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First place: Alfa Romeo 4C. You sit so low that you can easily dislocate your arm when you pull out a parking ticket. That’s how you have to feel in a tank. Only that …the lookout is missing.
Source: Jakob Hoff
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Sieger: The VW K70, on the other hand, offered exemplary all-round visibility like in a glass house – and that as early as the 1970s.
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The Munich Automobile Club has been carrying out all-round visibility measurements since 2006, and 1200 vehicles have now been evaluated. The result is sobering: an overall result of “very good” has not yet been awarded, on the other hand there have already been 58 deficiencies.
“Looking good is more important than looking good in modern cars,” the trade magazine “Auto Bild” recently stated. Offered cars of yore like the shoe-box-shaped Volvo station wagon of the 700 series, the first generation of the VW Golf or the 190 “baby” Benz, thanks to the slender roof pillars and large window areas, excellent all-round visibility, feelings of anxiety arise in modern vehicles.
The triumph of cameras in the car
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Only the parking beeper was yesterday: Surround-View or 360-degree surveillance is currently the magic word when it comes to the area around the car when maneuvering or in tricky traffic situations…to make it visible.
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Image of the rear of the car: Reversing cameras are now nothing unusual, even in small cars.
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Spatial vision through video technology: stereo cameras with two lenses can recognize objects better and also provide better distance measurements.
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On the approach: Supplier Bosch is planning the series launch of a stereo camera sensor for the end of 2014.
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Roofs are pulled down in the style of coupes. This is particularly extreme with the shooting brake models from Daimler. Also restricting the view: loopholes-shaped side and rear windows as well as wide roof pillars, which at least offer more protection against side collisions and rollover.
But the consequence is that even in some small cars you no longer trust yourself to park without a rear-view camera or at least without a parking beeper. And now the windshield is also suffering.
Cameras and assistance system in a Ford Focus
Mercedes drivers with camera-based assistants on board have to cope with components up to 32 centimeters wide and 19 centimeters high. The Ford models Kuga and Focus are 22 centimeters wide and 35 centimeters high – so-called lidar sensors are sometimes installed here, which scan the area in front of the car and, in the event of danger, a city emergency braking function or the rain and light sensor trigger. With the Focus, the very inclined windshield makes things more difficult, criticizes Martin Ruhdorfer from the ADAC technology center.
Automakers are declining
The automaker only partially challenges the criticism. The stereo camera used in the S-Class, for example, brings a major safety plus that far outweighs the visual disadvantages for the driver, argues Mercedes.
The camera replaces the mirror
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Obviously something is missing from this car, namely the rearview mirror. Porsche waives …
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… in the Panamera Sport Turismo, a concept vehicle from 2012, on the exterior mirrors and relies instead …
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… small cameras in the air outlets of the front fenders. They transfer their pictures on …
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… Monitors left and right of the speedometer.
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Tesla boss Elon Musk also wants to build a car without mirrors. At the beginning of 2012 he presented his model X electrically powered family car for the first time. The spectacular rear… Double doors …
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… were still there a year later when the Model X premiered at the Detroit Motor Show. But the car now featured classic rear-view mirrors again.
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The VW XL1 only consumes 0.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. In addition to a plug-in hybrid drive and extremely lightweight construction, there is also a very streamlined shape with a CW who…t of 0.189 at. Rear-view mirrors are out of the question.
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There is no alternative to the position on the windshield because the sensors and cameras are located in the wiping area of the windshield wipers. In contrast to installation in radiators or bumpers, you do not need your own cleaning system.
Nevertheless, there are ways of resolving the conflict of goals – for example miniaturizing the cameras. "The boxes in the windshield shouldn’t be any more voluminous," demands ADAC man Ruhdorfer. The expert assumes that the systems will become more compact in the next few years.
In 2008, Mercedes was already researching a CLK convertible with a glass dome roof to ensure that all-round visibility was as unhindered as possible
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And research is being carried out on systems that could even provide a better perspective than the cars of yore – albeit virtually. Jaguar Land Rover presented a solution for transparent roof pillars based on the XJ luxury sedan. Digital cameras ensure precise live recordings of the exterior areas of the vehicle, which are normally in the blind spot, and are seamlessly played onto the struts on the inside.
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