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Rear view mirror -- "wide mode"?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by pecan314, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. pecan314

    pecan314 Member

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    Hi all,

    We took delivery of our MS in December (2015) - love it! Never did a test drive!

    One surprise is that the rear view mirror has intentional distortion - cars are wide and flat. Is this a new feature? I asked a friend who has a 60 (couple years old I think), and his doesn't distort the rear view.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. GlmnAlyAirCar

    GlmnAlyAirCar Member

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    It makes every car behind you look like a Tesla.
     
  3. pecan314

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    lol!
     
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    #4 ecarfan, Jan 1, 2016
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    Rear view mirror -- "wide mode"?

    I have not noticed any such distortion in my Dec 2013 S rear view mirror. I will have to look again...
    UPDATE: I spent many hours on the road today (January 2nd) and had ample opportunity to evaluate this issue. I found that with cars in my rear quarter view I could angle the rear view mirror and compare its view to the side mirror view of the same car. And yes, the rear view does tend to slightly compress vertically and expand horizontally compared to the side view mirror.
    And my conclusion is...it doesn't matter to me.
     
  5. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Mine is a 2/2013 and it is indeed distorted somewhat.
     
  6. Battman

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    I have a 90D, and the rear view is definitely distorted. Most cars look better in the rear view mirror and then look disappointing in real life.
     
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    I do not know if this is new, but I have read elsewhere it is used to help get rid of blind-spots. I have been testing this feature and it does cover the blind spots pretty well (I compare to the side mirrors, adjusted to cover the blindspots, as well as looking over my shoulders). Yes the cars looks funny, and as they say "objects are closer than they appear". Many times I think the car behind me is a safe distance (using camera), and then when I look through the back window he/she is right on my butt. All in all, I think the wide angle camera is a good thing, especially since it covers the blindspots pretty well.

    Also I've noticed that the camera picks up ambient light at night really well. Images are brighter at night than expected. My wife and kids noticed, and really like.

    Congrats on the recent delivery! You'll love it!
     
  9. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    My mirror is definitely not wide angle and I have had two-first one stopped auto dimming. I've had them before. The rear camera is absolutely wide angle, which take time to adjust to.
     
  10. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    Sorry, I'm a doofus. Mistook rear view mirror for the camera. Just ignore my post. Duh....
     
  11. BertL

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    Agree. My 9-2105 build 90D rear view mirror does not appear to have a strange wide-angle vie, but my rear camer certainly does (which is fine by me).
     
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    Ive noticed the wide angle distortions with some cars at certain distances but what bugs me is that darn middle seat headrest! It takes up a big part of the tiny view already.
     
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    Keep the rear view camera image at the top of the center display. Ignore the rear view mirror.
     
  14. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Nope. You're not a doofus. OP wrote mirror.

    :biggrin:

     

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