Monday, March 26, 2018

A rear view mirror that eliminates the dangerous "blind spot" for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion.

Subtly curved, it strikes a balance between the standard flat mirror—which, if not perfectly adjusted, leaves you with a dangerous blind spot—and the grossly rounded wide-angle convex mirrors you see on school buses, which seriously distort objects’ size and shape.

Unlike passenger side mirrors—which bear the famous slogan, “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR”—driver’s side mirrors are made flat in order to give the driver an accurate perception of objects’ size and distance. So objects in your driver’s side mirror are exactly as close as they appear. The blind spot is a potential downside, but it can be eliminated, or nearly eliminated, if you adjust the mirror properly.

So it's not likely that this new mirror will ever be factory installed in the cars sold in the USA or Europe, as govt regulation isn't likely to allow for human ability to adapt to new tech in safety aspects like mirrors

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