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On board TV to replace mirrors

Published: 08 July 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

Look in the mirrors on most sports bikes and all you’ll see is your elbows.

Now an engineering design student has come up with a system to use a video camera and small display screen to give you more idea of what’s going on behind.

Andrew Pilling, of London’s South Bank University, says the camera automatically adjusts to see in the dark and has a massive 130-degree field of vision, which is displayed in a 6in x 4in monitor.

He said: " It’s much safer to have the cameras telling me what’s going on behind than using my mirrors.

" I’ve had sports bikes for a few years and the mirrors have always been useless. "

Pilling insists that even life-saver glances over the shoulder are no longer required.

He said: " My system cuts that out because you pick up everything you need from the camera. It could save people’s lives. "

Pilling plans to approach manufacturers about fitting the cameras as original equipment to their bikes.

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