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Rear view mirror -- "wide mode"?

pecan314

Member
Dec 19, 2015
11
2
San Jose, CA
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!
 

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Sep 21, 2013
19,220
13,869
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Rear view mirror -- "wide mode"?

One surprise is that the rear view mirror has intentional distortion - cars are wide and flat. Is this a new feature?
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.
 
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GoTslaGo

Learning Member
Dec 25, 2015
3,063
4,712
US
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!

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!
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
3,079
636
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
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.
 

BertL

Active Member
Aug 19, 2015
2,018
1,573
Carlsbad, CA
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.
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).
 

2krazykats

Member
Aug 20, 2015
289
26
CO
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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