Maybe one day, car owners dont have to turn their heads and crane their necks to confirm blind spots when they change lanes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a notice on Wednesday that it was seeking public and industry opinions to decide whether to allow the camera monitoring system to replace the cars rear-view mirror, the Auto News reported.
In 2014, Tesla and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked the agency to allow cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors on the grounds that they are smaller than rearview mirrors and can reduce air resistance and improve fuel economy. The Alliance also said that installing cameras with one or more monitors in the car can also improve the rear and side view of the car.
Lexus introduced a new ES in Japan last year that uses the technology and is currently collecting driver feedback on this feature.
Designers and engineers have long recommended the use of rear-view-free cars, replacing old glass mirrors with cameras and screens.
NHTSAs test of a camera monitoring system in 2017 found that the system was generally available in most cases, and the quality of images taken at dusk and dawn was clearer than that of a rearview mirror. But they also found potential drawbacks in the technology, including too bright displays at night, image distortion, and the possibility of rain-covered camera lenses in snowy and rainy weather.
NHTSA said in a notice published on the Federal Register website that it was looking for research data on the potential safety impact of replacing glass mirrors with cameras in order to identify future recommendations for improving the specifications of electronic mirrors.
The notice will be officially published in the Federal Gazette on Thursday and will be open for comment within 60 days. Generally speaking, revising new vehicle safety standards usually takes several years.
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