Tesla to Remove Side Mirrors, maybe

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Its no secret that the side mirrors on any vehicle can cause extra drag.  It is likely that nearly every automobile manufacturer would like if it were possible to design their vehicles without this American mandate.  Tesla Motors may be the only car company with a legitimate position on this request.

The permanent and mechanical nature of current side mirrors on a car is not merely classic, but more traditionally reliable.  However for once, in the case of Tesla, the supposition to use monitors to access the rear side view is quintessential to the core idea of electricity.  If the power on a Tesla is unavailable to use to view the rear side monitors for the spaces of the vehicle, you wouldn’t merely be unable to see behind you, but drive at all.

But Tesla along with all electric vehicle manufacturers (and really any manufacturer who desires better fuel efficiency), could reduce wind-drag and improve the coefficient of air resistance to remove the rear side mirrors.  As an example, Nissan has already found a good use for the four camera system that they have on several of their vehicles.  Although the four-camera system does not currently address rear viewing, it does give the driver an over-head view of the vehicle when maneuvering in and out of parking spaces.

There are further advantages to using video monitors for rear views.

  1. By increasing the total space viewed by use of a wide-angle lens, to potentially eliminate blind spots.
  2. By changing the view when being used to park, to better track obstacles.
  3. By enhancing vision at night through alternate light such as infrared or sonar.
  4. By video feed of the last few minutes of a collision to a black-box
  5. The displays of these cameras can be placed in front of the driver, in the dash or as heads-up-displays so that they driver does not need to turn their head away from facing forward.
For now these changes may come slowly if at all, as each new advantage must be studied and verified.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will need to approve and vet each new concept to enable all manufacturers a safe and compliant technique.