- Aug 1, 2006
The big deal about this new mirror is not the field of view (any convex mirror will give you that, as you've noticed), but the fact that you get it without any distortion. I think it's an ingenious solution, since a wider field of view in a mirror is always useful, particularly on buses and Heavy-duty trucks, since this would allow them to have the field of view they need without having to make the mirrors so huge.What's wrong with the regular two-sectioned mirrors?
Not everyone has full range of motion for their neck/shoulders.This. I can't even remember the last time I used a wing mirror.
Actually, I take that back. I can. It was on a race track since I had 6-point harnesses and couldn't turn around.
There's still that regulation to bypass, which wouldn't neccessitate the invention of this mirror if convex mirrors were allowed in the US in the first place.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_mirror said:U.S. the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 and the analogous Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 require the driver side mirror to provide "unit magnification", i.e., an undistorted 1:1 reflection achieved with a flat mirror. However, unit magnification limits the field of view that can be provided by a mirror of size compatible with the vehicle body. The ECE regulations in use throughout most of the world except North America permit the driver side mirror to have a planar, convex, and/or aspheric surface; an aspheric section is often combined with a larger convex section, and the two sections are separated by a visible line to alert the driver to the two sections' different perspective shifts.
Not everyone has full range of motion for their neck/shoulders.
I have sold plenty of Volvos with the BLIS(Blind spot Information System) to people who maybe cannot turn their head as much do to age or injury.
We also have sold a couple of Volvos with the new Front view 180 degree camera for the same reason.
Stuff like this is going to be a problem more and more as the population ages.