Photo: R. Andrew Hicks, Drexel University
A Drexel University professor patented a side mirror that totally eliminates the “blind spots” on each side when you’re driving.This reduces the risk that you’d switch lanes and run into another person.
But your car won’t come equipped with this mirror anytime soon–because of government regulations.
R. Andrew Hicks patented his mirror, which he revealed back in 2008. It works because his driver’s side mirror has a field of view of about 45 degrees, compared to 15 to 17 degrees of view in a flat driver’s side mirror, Phys.Org reports.
While there are extended view rear view mirrors available for purchase, Hicks’ is the first side mirror of its kind. But there won’t be one on your car anytime soon.
The site explains:
In the United States, regulations dictate that cars coming off of the assembly line must have a flat mirror on the driver’s side. Curved mirrors are allowed for cars’ passenger-side mirrors only if they include the phrase “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
Because of these regulations, Hicks’s mirrors will not be installed on new cars sold in the U.S. any time soon. The mirror may be manufactured and sold as an aftermarket product that drivers and mechanics can install on cars after purchase. Some countries in Europe and Asia do allow slightly curved mirrors on new cars. Hicks has received interest from investors and manufacturers who may pursue opportunities to licence and produce the mirror.
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