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What happened to substituting side mirrors with camera?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by steph280, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. steph280

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    In the US the DOT mandates that all cars have side mirrors.
     
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    A BMW i8 based prototype has this already.

    From the video: "The system isn't perfect, and BMW is working on how it can be incorporated into current safety regulations."
     
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    Laws can be and are changed to adjust to current technology. It will be a matter of time. I used to work for BMW and they had side cameras planned more than 15 years ago for the 7 series cars. I think back then cameras weren't good enough in low light to be able to replace mirrors. That's definitely the case today.
     
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    Laws about rear views differ from one jurisdiction to another. Most state vehicle codes specifically require mirrors for rear views. I think I read somewhere that recently the US Department of Transportation have taken up a work group to come up with a universal vehicle code on rear view equipment. It will probably be a few years until cameras replace mirrors.
     

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