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Companies Show Off New Tech Ideas at NY International Auto Show

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The line is blurring between concept and production cars at the New York International Auto Show. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

You and I are going to play a little game here. Technology is moving so fast at the New York International Auto Show that it's become hard to tell which new innovative features are part of concept cars and which have been cleared for actual production cars. So here you go. I'll show you something new. You guess: concept or current.

First up, Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror. With the flip of a switch, it goes from standard mirror to TV-like screen, showing you what's behind your car while driving.

"On the mirror itself will come up more of a wider view in the back, so you really have no obstructions behind you and you can see everything basically behind you," says Steven Oldham of Nissan. "It actually cuts out everything in the backseat. If you have kids back there or groceries or anything like that, the headrests, it actually cuts all of that out so that you have an unobstructed view behind you."

That one is for production, Nissan says in some 2015 models.

Another one from Land Rover has cameras and lasers underneath the car so that when you're driving, you can see through the hood.

"What we've come up with is a system that can take a picture, an image of the ground underneath the front tires, and project that image up into the windscreen so when you're driving, you actually see what's happening underneath the front of the car," says Stuart Schorr of Land Rover. "That can help you maneuver around difficult situations while driving off road."

This one's a concept, though Land Rover says it does plan on incorporating it, at some point, into future models.

Finally - this is probably an easy one - Toyota's FV2.

"The driver is supposed to stand up in the vehicle, and it's steered by the driver's movements instead of a steering wheel," says Jana Hartline of Toyota. "So it'll be more intuitive, a communication between the vehicle and the driver."

As if you needed an answer on this, the FV2, which also can judge the emotion of the driver and play appropriate music or even change colors based on how you feel - red for angry, blue for calm - in addition to also being a moving piece of artwork, is, most definitely, a concept. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP