Ford Fiesta fitted with mirror-mounted reverse-parking display

Aw, the cutesy little Fiesta's about to get some big boy car tech. Ford has begun fitting Edge and Titanium models with a next-gen rear-view mirror that packs a display to help you reverse park.

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Aw, the cutesy little Fiesta's about to get some big boy car tech. Ford has begun fitting Edge and Titanium models with a next-gen rear-view mirror that packs a display to help you reverse park. Bless.

When the driver selects reverse gear, a rear-facing camera is activated and a 3.5-inch display in the leftmost part of the rear-view mirror comes alive to show what's happening at the back of the car.

The system also uses augmented-reality-style graphics to improve the accuracy of reversing manoeuvres. Two vertical yellow lines show the width of the car, markings at the halfway point of these lines show how close you can get to another car before you can't fit round the back to open the boot, and a solid red line shows the point at which impact will occur.

The screen appears to take up plenty of space in the mirror housing, which could reduce the size and usefulness of the mirror. Ford could have avoided this problem by keeping the screen active during normal driving, but, sadly, it's only activated when reverse gear is selected.

Ford is currently charging a whopping £475 for the add-on, so it's by no means cheap. You also get automatic windscreen wipers, automatic headlights and rear-parking sensors to sweeten the deal, but, even so, a rear-parking camera upgrade for a Jaguar XJ costs a mere £230 (although the Jag already comes with a compatible screen as standard).

This isn't the first time Ford's wedged a TFT screen inside the Fiesta's rear-view mirror. Back in September, it announced the MirrorNavi -- a mirror-mounted sat-nav. 

Are you a Ford Fiesta owner? Does this rock your world? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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