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Old 02-07-2016, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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End of the road for sideview mirrors?

It's about time!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/au...e-mirrors.html

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BEFORE engineers dreamed of eliminating drivers in cars, they imagined eliminating the side mirrors. The protuberances are ugly, create aerodynamic drag, and their associated blind spots are the bane of parking-challenged drivers everywhere.

But now, a long-sought solution looks closer to finally stripping cars of their Mickey Mouse ears, as many automakers demonstrate video systems that replace side mirrors with cameras.

Continental, a major parts and systems supplier to automakers, calls them digital mirrors.

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Old 02-07-2016, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The new Cadillac CT6 has a rear view camera and display:

Cadillac to Debut New Rearview Mirror/Camera Display on CT6 Sedan

To meet the requirement of having a rearview mirror, it tilts via the old day/night button and becomes a regular mirror.

Driving up behind one is odd, you don't see the driver's face in the rearview mirror like you are used to, you see the front of your car. Driving one is a bit odd too, people still reach up and try to adjust it, it moves, but the view doesn't change.
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Driving up behind one is odd, you don't see the driver's face in the rearview mirror like you are used to...
I suggest that if you can see the driver's face in the mirror, you're too damn close!

Maybe a bit strong, but offhand I can't remember ever seeing a driver's face in a mirror.
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Perhaps at a stop light?
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1. When you see the driver of the car in front in your rear view mirror, you definitely got too close.

2. Sometimes (at a stop light, for example) I'll just glance at the rear view mirror of the car in front, and the driver's eyes are LOOKING RIGHT INTO MINE. Anyone else experience that?
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Just be glad they do not have a rear-mounted train horn. It sounds like they are looking at you because you are too close.
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Good eyesight maybe? :shrug:
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Just be glad they do not have a rear-mounted train horn. It sounds like they are looking at you because you are too close.
no it isn't that, I'm sure. I could get a lot closer if I tried! But you never know when you'll need room for an 'escape route'.
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Perhaps at a stop light?

Ding. Ding. Ding.

It's just weird. Your brain is used to getting a glance of the driver's eyes, and you see yourself. It's lit up (it's an LCD screen) so it kind of pops out at you.

Now back to the mirror discussion...
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digital mirrors

The T-100 dropped from Cd 0.268,to Cd 0.24 with the camera system according to DARKO,so this drag component is not insignificant.
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