Interior rear-view mirror integrates electronic toll collection
The ETC 2.0 Interior rear-view mirror, which includes an improved built-in unit for motorway tolls automatic payment, has been selected by the German manufacturer as a standard in Japan for its new BMW X5. This vision solution will be developed and produced between Japan (Panasonic) and Barcelona, Spain (Ficosa). For this new rear-view mirror generation, Panasonic will develop the ETC wireless communication technology while Ficosa is in charge of the mirror technology.
By integrating the ETC 2.0 module into the mirror, the new solution prevents the payment unit from obstructing the driver’s view. The mirror has a slot where the driver can insert the credit card and a small screen at the top reports the amount to be paid.
“This additional functionality goes beyond the simple payment, as the mirror communicates with the toll station and is able to transmit this information to the navigation system of the vehicle, complementing the communication vehicle-infrastructure (V2I)”, explained Mercedes Pujol, Director of the Rearview Mirror Systems Business Unit at Ficosa.
Ficosa – www.ficosa.com
Panasonic – www.panasonic.com