Innovative Camera Wing Actuation at IZB

MCi (a Flex company) showcased its solutions on the Flex stand at IZB in Wolfsburg (16-18 October). Among the exhibits was an innovative power-folding solution for camera wings (CMS).

Supporting the staggering trend for automotive safety and 0-emission, MCi developed a Camera Fold Actuator for CMS applications. The OEM preferred ultra-slim wing design provides emission reduction and improved fuel efficiency, while providing a safer camera view of the vehicle surroundings to the driver. In parallel to wing type applications, fender-retraction also exists.

Several required high-end cameras are placed in an exterior application. The application design, in combination with global legal requirements, make folding a true necessity. MCi’s profound understanding of exterior vision systems drove the innovative development of the Camera Fold Actuator. It provides the options to safely fold the exclusive camera wing close to the vehicle and identify when the vehicle is safely locked.

While current vehicles are parked in +90% of the time, the sensitive cameras can be affected by all kinds of contamination. To safeguard a positive customer experience, MCi developed a ‘camera protection’ solution. This enables the fast availability of the camera image when departing.

The design of the wing can depend on factors, such as regulations, field-of-view, type of car, interior and dimensions of the actuator and camera systems. MCi's works closely with Tier 1 customers and OEM's to develop the right actuation solutions for their needs.

Using the conventional mirror position for a camera wing offers advantages. Drivers are used to this viewing perspective and this position also provides better viewing angles. Placing the camera to the rear of the car increases the dead viewing angle and placing it at the roof position requires a larger wing to reach the required field of view.

MCi actuator expertise, quality and performance is recognized in the industry. MCi is market leader in mirror actuators and known for its innovations in mirror actuation and active aerodynamics (e.g. active grille shutters).

MCi’s profound understanding of exterior vision systems drove the innovative development of the Camera Fold Actuator. It provides the options to safely fold the exclusive camera wing close to the vehicle and identify when the vehicle is safely locked.