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Homologated Digital Rearview Mirror (CMS)

Camera Monitor Systems - The Automotive Mirror-Replacement fits perfectly for Hypercars and Supercars.

Kappa CMS with innovation award for the VW XL1 (the first Digital Rear View Mirror with German Road Traffic Certification!)

© Volkswagen AG | Kappa CMS with innovation award for the VW XL1 (the first Digital Rear View Mirror with German Road Traffic Certification!)

Kappa CMS for the Xbow GTX Sportcar.

© KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH | Kappa CMS for the Xbow GTX Sportcar.

Kappa CMS for the Gordon Murray T.50 Supercar.

© Gordon Murray Automotive | Kappa CMS for the Gordon Murray T.50 Supercar.

Top View CMS FOV ECE-R46 - Bennchmark Kappa

Top View CMS FOV ECE-R46 - Benchmark Kappa

Groundbreaking Automotive Camera Monitor System, Sports and luxury cars depend on the CMS HDR mirror from Kappa optronics

The flexible camera monitor system CMS HDR Mirror from manufacturer Kappa optronics has taken the lead position in the hyper car market, e.g. with projects for Aston Martin (Valkyrie) and KTM (X-Bow GT2). The mirror replacement system consists of a camera, a controller, and a display. It combines state-of-the-art camera technology and expertise gleaned from numerous hyper car projects. It’s hardware and software were designed to comply with the ISO 26262 (ASIL B) functional safety standard. 

The CMS HDR Mirror is not only a 100% substitute, but moreover the safest digital translation of a conventional rear-view mirror. As the sole vision company in the market, Kappa offers expertise in camera monitor systems homologation, specifically regarding ECE-R46 for mirror classes I and III. This high-quality system has already been successfully integrated into hyper cars and super sports cars, and is now available as a road traffic certified system without special permits. 

Vehicle-specific customer requests can be configured quickly and efficiently. The extremely small camera head gives designers almost limitless freedom. Improved aerodynamics provide maximum performance and increased range. There are even more technical characteristics that will impress users, such as perfect, latency-free and low-flicker HDR imaging that can utilize more residual light than the human eye can. Groundbreaking demonstration videos, with sun low on the horizon and inside tunnels, bear witness to this phenomenal dynamic. 
 
Road traffic certification and safety are the key attributes of an ideal mirror substitute system, and it is in precisely these attributes that Kappa scores the winning point — as the developer of the first digital side rear-view mirror certified for European/international road traffic. 

The digital rearview mirror for VW XL1 from Kappa is the first  camera monitor system (CMS) with road traffic certification. Our digital wing mirror systems for vehicles serve as replacement for a conventional mechanical wing mirror. Their purpose is to transfer a live video stream from one side of the vehicle to an in-vehicle display offering a rear view to the driver. For a full replacement of both wing mirrors on a vehicle, two independent digital wing mirror systems are needed, one for each side of the vehicle.

Especially rugged cameras for rough environmental conditions are our forte. For use in passenger vehicles, we develop shock- and vibration- and temperature resistant cameras (-7°C up to +50°C) and also IP 69K (waterproof) is standard. 

 

Kappa Automotive Rearview Mirror Camera - CMS HDR mirror

Kappa CMS HDR mirror: The latest Kappa generation of Camera Monitor System for Automotive

Steuereinheitdes Kappa CMS HDR mirror

Steuereinheit des Kappa CMS HDR mirror

Camera head, Kappa CMS HDR mirror - Kappa Automotive Rearview Mirror Camera - homologated for road traffic

Camera head, Kappa CMS HDR mirror - Kappa Automotive Rearview Mirror Camera - homologated for road traffic

Digital rearview mirror CMS

Extended field of vision, improved safety!
Aerodynamic efficiency
Aesthetic experience
Advanced design

 

Your benefits with Kappa:

Complete systems (camera, monitor, cable)
Frozen image detection, extremely high dynamic range, avoidance of flickering
CMS compliant with ISO26262, compliant to ISO 16505 and ECE-R46
Kappa is pioneering in CMS systems with road traffic homologation – your most experienced development partner worldwide!

 

Complex light conditions - avoidance of flickering

Slow, fast, bright, dark, forward, backwards, disturbing optical effects: technologically, thanks to multi-level application-specific control algorithms and extremely high dynamic range we master typical driving situations and the specific, complex light relationships in road traffic. Pulsed light, highlights, and sun low on the horizon – problems solved.

 

Rigid-flex technology for the smallest design

Cameras in passenger vehicles must be designed to be extremely space saving, as a rule. Here, we rely on Rigid-Flex PCB technology. It allows us to combine the necessary mobility in optics, electronics, and mechanics, and still fit into the tightest spaces available. One further advantage of this technology is the elimination of disruptive effects caused by connectors.

 

Optics design

To address future applications, adaptive optics design is another key issue. As a consortium leader, Kappa draws upon a strong network of highly specialized partners, particularly in the high-end area. We work closely with renowned institutes and optics manufacturers.

 

Application-specific signal processing

For demanding automotive applications, the complete spectrum of Kappa’s signal processing is fully ex-ploited, stretching far beyond current camera standards. We offer exhaustive, application-specific signal processing and algorithms to compensate for unavoidable optical characteristics such as distortion or trimming correction. Overlays can be superimposed onto images and camera data can be made available to other on-board networks. Frozen image detection provides safety.

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Standardized processes for development and manufacturing, ISO 26262, ISO 16505, ECE-R 46

Safe technology: our safety management assures our products’ functional safety using all required methods. The relevant procedures and analyses apply to all phases of design and manufacture. Thus, our cameras qualify for approval as a critical component of the vehicle anywhere in the world.

 

Kappa GSG  (glass-to-glass) with ultra low latency based on CMS HDR mirror:

CMS HDR mirror  [ms] | frames
Latency 20 ms|ca. 1 frame

Kappa G2G (glass-to-glass) with low latency in 47,4 ms based on HDC3 Kameraplattform

  Delta [ms] Summe [ms]
Integrationszeit 16.7 16.7
Bildspeicher 16.7 33.4
Processing 2.0 35.4
Display 12.0 47.4

Set up for series production

All concepts and their technical realization, from components to manufacturing procedures, are conceptualized and designed for industrial mass production.  The applied technologies can be transferred into ASIC and can be produced and tested using automated procedures.

 

Technical details

Perfectly tuned to the dimensions of video and camera networks in the vehicle.

Distances from a few centimeters up to 15 meters.

Data rates of up to 3 Gbit/sec.

Bidirectional single cable connection for control, uncompressed video signals and power supply.

Accessories such as plug connectors and conductive material for the demands of the automotive field.

 

Robust automotive interface

For automotive applications, we work with, among others, the APIX2® (Automotive Pixel Link) interface from Inova Semiconductors. This interface is designed for the specific needs of the auto industry and offers data rates of up to 3 Gbit/sec.

 

Demonstration Video -  Stream Tunnel Vision
Kappa Camera Monitor System | CMS HDR mirror

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CMS - Smart Features

  • HDR images
  • Frozen image detection
  • Reverse mode: The region of interest is changed to capture the environment
  • directly behind the vehicle for reverse direction driving
  • CAN bus adaption based on state machine of the vehicle
  • Flexible cable lengths
  • Customer display housing design can be integrated
  • Bespoke glasses for display module
  • COTS
  • Scalable, adaptable to design requirements

 

Your Expert

Anna Setale

Key Account Management

Tel.: +49.5508.974.190

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