Mobile Safety Accessories unveiled an Android 4.2 rear-view mirror touchscreen with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, backup and DVR cameras, and Google Play support.
The NavMirror II follows an earlier Windows CE-based NavMirror rear-view display from Michigan-based Mobile Safety Accessories, which specializes in automotive rearview safety accessories. The NavMirror II is claimed to be the first Android-based automotive OEM replacement rear view mirror. The company also sells simpler rear-view display systems such as backup cameras, Bluetooth-enabled backup cameras, and DVR camera systems.
The NavMirror II is an alternative to an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system that doesn’t require manufacturers to use up dashboard space. It can also augment an IVI system, however, with a system that offers full Android app support.
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“With the abundance of driving Apps for Smartphones, NavMirror II is the safest solution for managing technology inside your vehicle,” stated Dave Forrest, Co-Owner of Mobile Safety Accessories, LLC. “People are accustomed to glancing up at the rearview mirror from the time they learn to drive. It is much less distracting for a driver to glance up at their rearview mirror than it is to check their phone, or an in-dash display screen. Any travel or transportation App that is found on Google play can be downloaded to the mirror and consumers can use a Wi-Fi hotspot on their cell phone to use internet connected Apps.”
The NavMirror II is equipped with 512MB of RAM and a 5-inch, 800 x 480-pixel capacitive touchscreen. Based on the image, it appears the display is superimposed on a standard rear-view reflection and can be toggled on or off. The device integrates inputs from a “high resolution” rear back-up camera, as well as a built-in, front-facing DVR camera that can be set to continually record.
Wireless features include WiFi for Internet access, as well as Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. Cellular connectivity is available via the aforementioned smartphone hotspot, as well as a SIM card slot, which can also be used for storage. An external GPS antenna supports downloaded navigation apps like Google Maps.
Specifications listed for the NavMirror II include:
- Processor — (not specified)
- RAM — 512MB
- Internal flash storage — not specified
- 5-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
- 4mm crash-tested safety glass
- Built-in front-facing, 170-degree DVR camera
- Input from separate back-facing high-res rear-view backup cam
- WiFi with support for hotspot on smartphone
- SIM card for cellular data access or storage
- Bluetooth for hands-free calls
- External GPS antenna
- Other features — 2x video inputs
- Certifications — FCC/CE/ROHS; USDOT certified and crash tested
- Operating temperature — -20 to 60°C
- Operating system — Android 4.2 with Google Play
“This is a game changer for us and the market,” stated Richard Parks, MSA’s other Co-Owner.
No pricing or availability information was provided for the OEM-focused NavMirror II. More information may be found at the NavMirror II product page.