Enlarged field of view
The size of the standard side mirror is limited by specifications regarding air resistance, design, and the overall width of the vehicle. The field of vision is therefore limited. The camera lens has an opening angle of up to approx. 60° or more. This means that the camera can capture more of the surroundings than the driver needs. The required field of vision is cut by the software and displayed to the driver on the monitor.
No blind spot
Numerous accidents happen every year because road users are in the blind spot of a vehicle. Motorcyclists and cyclists are often affected. By correctly positioning the CMS, these accidents can be avoided.
Reduced vibrations, ergonomic vision
The standard side mirror is attached to the outside of the vehicle on so-called mirror arms. At higher speeds or uneven roads, the mirror glass can start to vibrate and the field of view of the mirror becomes difficult to see. This phenomenon is particularly pronounced in racing cars. As the KTM X-Bow is also a racetrack car the advantage can be seen on rough circuits too. In these driving situations, the CMS offers a much better view for the driver.
UN ECE Revision 46 stipulates that the driver must be able to identify vehicles driving behind based on the pair of headlights. This means that the CMS does not allow glare from headlights or other light sources. This requirement is regulated by the exposure of the camera images and provides the driver with an optimized indirect view.
Improved visibility in the dark
The CMS has a brightness sensor that enables images that are exposed for different lengths of time. In the dark, the camera image is exposed longer and thus the driver is provided with a clearly recognizable image even in the dark.
Improved visibility in pollution and bad weather
Due to the compact design of the camera and the extended field of view through the camera lens, the camera can be positioned in such a way that it is protected against environmental influences outside of the vehicle. In addition, the camera lenses are coated with a hydrophobic coating. This means that the camera lens is water-repellent. In addition to the coating, the camera lens has a much smaller area that can become dirty. Thus, the CMS offers a better field of vision in bad weather, since there is a much lower sensitivity to contamination.
Since the blind spot problem is minimized due to the CMS, the so-called 3S view is no longer necessary, as is required with the standard side mirror. Drivers with reduced upper body mobility can benefit from using a CMS. In the target vehicle, the occupants are fastened with a 4- or 6-point belt . This belt system is mandatory for most race classes for racing operations. The mobility of the upper body with a buckled multi-point belt system is limited accordingly. Since the upper body movement of the shoulder gaze is eliminated when using the CMS, this improves the ergonomics of the vehicle. The target vehicle has integrated the CMS monitors in the interior of the vehicle. This means that the distance to the monitors is less than the distance to the standard side mirrors on the outside of the vehicle. This reduces the movement of the driver's head to recognize the field of view.