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Auto-Flare Side Mirror for Blind Spot

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Description

Flare out side view mirror about 5 degrees when a vehicle is approaching or is in the associated blind spot so that operator can see actual infringing vehicle.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

This would be triggered by the same process that shows the red “no cross” blind spot warning line on the console.   The mirror remains flared out for two seconds and then returns to default position if no other vehicle is approaching or in the blind spot.

The motion of the mirror will also be seen in the peripheral vision of the operator, and is another “alert” that the blind-spot may be occupied.

This will improve vehicle safety and decrease operator stress, and obviate need to look over shoulder to double-check blind-spot.

The implementation requires only a software upgrade, so cost is nominal.

To my knowledge, no other vehicle has this capability.

Status

Unknown.

(lightly edited by moderator)



Category: Tags: entered 29-Mar-2019

3 Comments

It’s just easier and better to show the side camera in the dash or media screen when we start a change lane, jus like it shows the back camera when going reverse. Changing mirrors angle can be dangerous because it might do in the wrong moment and cause a unexpected blind spot.
If the driver has their mirrors properly aimed they really have no excuse for not seeing what is in the "blind spot" because there is no blind spot.  I'll provide a link as a teaching moment for those who do not know what I am talking about.  Basically properly aimed mirrors do not show any of the paint down the side of the vehicle.  I know, I know, that is not what we were taught back in the 60's but it is a fairly minor mirror adjustment that only takes a few days to get accustomed to and after a few months you'll wonder  why you didn't do this sooner.  The obvious answer is that you were simply unaware of the "new and improved" way to aim your side mirrors.  When all of your mirrors are properly aimed you do not have any blind spots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIkodlp8HMM
ticobird offers good driver instruction.  Adhering to that obviates the need to involve technology.