About InView Systems
In View Systems a spinout from Cambridge University Engineering Department and supported by Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre , developed the Digital Rear View Car System.Current mirror based rear view systems have disadvantages -drag which adds to noise and fuel costs; added manufacturing complexity and cost; and safety problems resulting from glare and blind spots.Previous attempts to offer a camera-based system have demonstrated unsuitable and expensive solutions, utilizing flat LCD screens that require tiring and dangerous amounts of driver refocusing.InView Systems is worked with the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and Jaguar Cars to develop a display system that overcomes all of these problems at a commercially realistic cost. Our display system creates a virtual image, which appears to be far in front of the driver, like a military head up display. This allows the driver to use the system without having to re-focus. The system has a wide aspect ratio that gives a panoramic view covering the road behind and to the sides of the vehicle. Cambridge University Challenge Fund has invested in the initial phases of InView's development Program, and provided both advisory and legal support to the start-up company through the Wolfson Industrial Liaison Unit (WILO).Jaguar Cars, a part of the Ford Motor Group, is aided the development of the Digital Rear-View System. InView Systems worked with Engineers from Jaguar from late 1999 to ensure that the prototypes and designs met the requirements of the motor industry. Jaguar are offered access to their vehicles to evaluate prototypes.The Digital Rear-View System claimed to* reduce a car's drag by up to 15%;* improve driver reaction time by up to 1.4 seconds in provisionality; and,* give the vehicle designer freedom to design a car without changing whole car just for the requirements and aerodynamic deficiencies an external mirror system.InView Sytems Timeline:October 1999 - Team formed within Cambridge University Engineering Department to investigate advances in automotive vision systems.March 2000 - Company formed.May 2000 - Patent application filed.June 2000 - Prototype developed at facilities within the Institute for Manufacturing, and the Engineering Department at Cambridge University.From June 2000 InView was launched as a commercial venture. After further testing and product development it was concluded that the commercial exploitation of the Digital Rear-View System would not be feasible, the founders still hold some intellectual property in the field, but all commercial activity has ceased.