Frankfurt 2017: The Fender-cam Trend

14 September 2017 | by Lem Bingley

Among the bubbling trends at this year’s Frankfurt show was the minor detail of where to put your rear-view cameras, given the assumption that they ought to replace a pair of humble door mirrors.

Most such concept cams are simply placed on stalks where the mirrors would normally mount – at the forward point of the DLO or nearby on the door surface.

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

Increasingly, it seems, cameras are migrating downwards and forwards to reside on the fender, aft of the wheelarch where you might normally find a side repeater, arch vent (real or imagined) or some other decorative motif.

This was the placement chosen for the Volkwsagen ID shown in Paris a year ago, and its ID Crozz follow up in Shanghai (admittedly, on the Crozz, as part of a feature that stretches back onto the door surface). A bullet-shaped fender-mounted camera featured on the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept displayed at Geneva in the spring. And now at Frankfurt we’ve gained two additional examples of the “fender-cam” trend.

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Kia’s lovely Proceed concept featured a smoothly sculpted fender-cam housing, while Honda’s eye-catching Urban EV Concept included a contrasting piano-black camera mount, linking back into the handle of the rear-hinged passenger door.

That the Honda and the Kia were two of the best-resolved concepts at the show is probably just a coincidence.