Deleting my mirrors has been a long time goal of mine. I want everything to be digital and keep my eyes on the road and on that screen. With a digital system I can get a panoramic view of what is going on. No blind spots, no nothing.
How it works:
A camera is put in key locations. This achieves the panoramic view. It took some time for me to make it all look even. The rear camera has a different aspect ratio then the side cams. I did this because I wanted to see more then with a standard mirror. The cams aspect ratio is so great that it kills the blind spots back there. The side cameras are normal aspect. The image I saw in my mirrors, is exactly the same. I also have a cabin camera which records all the passengers. In the future I plan to make the adventures into a Youtube channel (more details on that later).
So as you can see I have a pretty good view now. All the cameras then feed into digital quad color processor. This is the same thing security monitors use to combine 4 images onto one screen. Then from the DQP it goes to a black box recording device.
Basically it records MPH, GPS location and other important stuff. This unit has a forward facing camera, thats why I haven't installed my own. What is unique is that you can add a second camera via a headphone adapter type plug. I plan to mod this and make it so I can connect the DQP to it. That means this unit can now record 5 cameras at one time. I plan to buy this unit in the next few months.
Now this system does have a down fall. It works very bad at night with so much headlight traffic. It is manageable but I would like something solid. My plan is to buy four FLIR cameras.
That way i can always see rear panoramic, now matter what. These things use heat, so no light required. I am going to hook up a relay system for the rear view screen, so when it gets dark, the relay is tripped and it switches to those cameras. Also a second DQP will be used so that the black box is recording usable images at night. Now for the front, the front facing FLIR camera will be connected to the motorized screen that will be installed for the drivers personal system. i simply switch to AV and I will see the FLIR image directly in front of me.
Right now I can not do this idea unless I win the lottery. I am trying to wait for the price to drop, then I will invest in them.