When looking at a car you notice the mirrors jetting out from each side. While this has been a common feature of pretty much every car since they were invented, it is now about to change. Car companies like Mercedes and BMW are now replacing mirrors with thumb size video cameras and using interior screens inside the car. While this seems like the right move for the future I worry that more screens inside the car will distract the driver.
These mirrors are said to be more efficient and “no matter where someone stands behind you, you can see them”(Quain). Although you will be able to see more the fact that your vision will now be more aimed inside the car seems dangerous. The fact that your vision will now be redirected will cause a change in the way people drive and can potentially be dangerous. If someone goes to look for a mirror and its not there, it can cause potential accidents. This new system will require driver training which is acknowledged, but the process of every driver who buys this new type of vehicle to go through training is unlikely. I personally wouldn’t want to take another driving course to be able to obtain this car. Although they have not said that it will be a course you physically attend, the idea of teaching without some type of hands on course seems inefficient and unreliable.
Although they’re quirks and problems to be ironed out, car companies believe this is the future for cars. It will make producing cars less expensive and these video cameras also have some more features. As well as replacing side mirrors they can recognize and gauge the speed of objects around the car, as well as aid in automatic braking and parking. These features seem like they will help the amount of collisions we have now a days. In another article by Damon Lavrinc, he says that replacing mirrors with cameras also will reduce fuel consumption. So although they’re negatives, the positives are apparent.
All in all these mirrors seem to be what we’re heading towards in terms of future cars. Technology is always moving forward and constantly changing so in that case, this seems like the logical move for car companies. We already have backup cameras in most cars, so people are accustomed to looking at a screen in some ways. If the car companies issued videos and how- to guides before they release a product and really get the consumer informed on how this will work then I do believe this is the right move because they are said to give you more views of what’s around the car. We will be able to see more of what’s around us and it hopefully will enhance people’s driving and make them more aware of their surroundings.
Lavrinc, Damon. “Why It’ll be a While before we can replace car mirrors with cameras.” Wired. 7 February 2016. < http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tesla-auto-alliance-mirrors/>
Quain, John. “End of the road may be near for side mirrors.” The New York Times. 7 February 2016. < http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/automobiles/end-of-the-road-may-be-near-for-side-mirrors.html?ref=technology&_r=0>