Will Side Mirrors Soon Be a Thing of the Past?
Back in 1968 when the U.S. passed a law requiring side mirrors on cars, who thought it would ever be up for debate? Today, a group of automakers is seeking permission from the government to replace side mirrors in new cars with more up-to-date technologies. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, and several other major companies, filed a petition to the government allowing for the use of cameras as alternatives to mirrors. "Cameras will open opportunities for additional design flexibility and innovation," the Auto Alliance said in a statement. It mentioned that the technology has been around since the 1990s, an idea helped along by the U.S. Department of Energy. Tesla is also on board with the idea and is a step ahead of many automakers. In 2012, it introduced a Model X concept crossover with no side mirrors. According to Tesla's philosophy, eliminating side mirrors can help extend the driving range of electric vehicles. Volkswagen also used interior cameras instead of outside mirrors on the XL1 diesel-hybrid car. Many cars are also gradually moving towards a camera-centric safety system, such as the Honda Accord sedan, which uses cameras and a display screen to help drivers switch lanes. Source: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Automotive News
Backup cameras will be required on all new vehicles in the near future.