Cars of the future - Wing mirrors to be scrapped

Posted on 12 October 2016 by CarTakeBack

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Mirror, signal, manoeuvre. It's one of the basics that we're all taught when we learn to drive, but the mirror part of the sequence is looking to be a thing of the past in Japan. Japanese authorities have made it legal for car makers to do away with wing mirrors and replace them with cameras and live video feeds instead.

The Japanese authorities and car makers are making sure the changes are gradual for drivers;

“At first, monitors and the cameras must be positioned in the same place as current rear-view and side-view mirrors and offer the same views.” Transportation Ministry official Maseru Miyashita told The Japan Times, “Getting used to (monitors instead of mirrors) is the main factor to ensure drivers’ safety.”

Getting rid of them has plenty of benefits, it'll make the car more aerodynamic, and therefore more fuel efficient, they're less of a hazard to cyclists when a car passes them too closely, and a camera can accommodate for glare and low light unlike a mirror. Plus it'll make squeezing your car into the garage or a really tight parking spot easier! However, the cost to replace a broken wing mirror might not be as hefty as replacing a technical camera and screen if something went wrong with it!

It's expected that more governments will approve replacing mirrors with live video feed in the near future, with the EU expected to follow Japan's lead later this year.

Read more about cars of the future in our article about driverless cars 

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