• May 22, 2008
There have been many inventions in the last few years in order to reduce accidents due to that age-old hazard, the blind spot. Some solutions, like the electric systems on some higher-end brands like Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Buick, are rather high-tech and probably prove quite useful. Still, there's something to be said for simple engineering, like Ford's upcoming new Blind Spot Mirror, as seen here. If you are into simple solutions, but won't be purchasing a new Ford any time soon, perhaps you'd be interested in ScopeOut, a new rear-mounted mirror system designed to help see objects in your path. Because it's mounted on the rear glass, the system is visible from your rearview mirror.
Available as either a single-mirror unit for smaller vehicles or a larger dual-mirror unit for large vehicles and SUV's, perhaps the ScopeOut could reduce the thousands of crashes due to the blind spot.

[Source: Sense Technologies via Motorcycle USA]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      There's NO reason to think you're above checking your blindspot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Precious little info available there, web site looks like a college marketing project. Does it mount on the inside or outside of the rear window? Does it create another blind sop to the rear of the vehicle?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the past, I have use the side of the car to check the alignment every time I got in the car.

      By which I mean, if I could see the rear door, I knew my mirror was aligned.

      I am always weary of the mirrors getting knocked out of alignment, either from inadvertent handling, passerby's, or vibration.

      When I tried the "no overlap" approach, I got paranoid because I couldn't use the "reference" of the rear door.

      Then I read somewhere that you can lean all the way left until your head is against the driver side window, and from there, you can see the rear door. This proved a quick, easy, reproducible way of checking the mirror alignment.

      I don't know, maybe other people drive cars with mirrors that are not so easy to "click" out of alignment.

      What I find amusing and alarming at the same time is the reliance on some "theoretical" aspect like overlap, without considering real-life unintended consequences.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a handy tool, but in Japan there is a company called Broadway that makes large convex mirrors that are easy to mount with no hardware. They also come with options for cars with tint or no tint, different lengths, as well as a flat version instead of convex.

      They sell on eBay all day and are very cheap. I have one in my car since the day I bought it and I never want to go back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the points this article failed to address is the products ability to see off to the sides of the vehicle when backing out of a tight parking space when you have a large SUV parked on both sides or backing out of a driveway that has shrubs or other obstructions on either side. Sure it'll help with blind spots while changing lanes but I think its biggest benefit is when your in a busy mall parking lot (or for my son in his high school lot) and can't see what's coming from either side whether it be a oncoming car or pedestrian or a kid who's running in front of his mom. This appears to give you a view that no sideview mirrors (no matter how much adjusting you do) or camera will enable. I drive a truck which it says they don't have a model for but I'm gonna get one to try on my wifes car to see how well it works. Will try to post the results (if anyone is interested) after have tried it for a week or two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still won't replace actually looking. Ignorant people will continue to be ignorant and rely entirely upon this. Hopefully it really works and will save some accidents from happening. But people will still be ignorant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why don't you preface positive things like this!

        "Excellent innovation! I can see how this will help save a great number of lives! My only concern is people that become lazy and rely solely on the mirror and don't look back on their own! Come to think of it, after I thought about it, the same people will be lazy and this addresses those lazy folks so GREAT JOB FORD"

        Or you could just be a pessimist anti-fanboy of anything and everything that has progress written all over it... (oh I bet your friends and family wanted to say that for years)

        ;).....
      • 6 Years Ago
      There use to be a mirror called the "Wink" which took care of the blind spot. You couldn't use your visors but the mirror worked great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy Mary mother o Gawd. . .

      People, LISTEN! As mentioned above, there is no such thing as a blind spot on *most* cars.

      I like the way Click and Clack describe it. . . "The back corner of the car never moves. It always stays in the same exact place. So there's really no reason to keep an eye on it."

      So, do yourself a favour, go to http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/mirrors/

      And find out how to get rid of your blindspot, without paying anything.

      One of the nice things about this, is that it seems to force me into adjusting my mirrors every time I drive. Because I can't see the bumper, I have to align my sides with my rearview, every time I drive
        • 6 Years Ago
        The title of the last step reads

        Step 4: end result? No Huge Blindspot

        Notice the word 'no huge' ...

        All this proves is that if always look behind you you will always see a car coming ...

        It probably means you'll smash into something because you're not looking in front of you.

        That's great theory, if it's 5AM, you're alone on a remote freeway where there are no distractions ...

        Throw in busy traffic, lane weaving, tailgating, and a kid in the backseat and you have an this will probably cause an accident ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm just wondering about adjusting the side mirrors "beyond" the rear of your car. Would you still not create a blind spot where you can hide a biker?

        In the city where the roads are cramped, you can be in the right lane, and have a biker pacing near the rear of your right bumper and the parking lane. You can miss him if the arrangement is what you describe, then when you take a right turn...

        It might not be something you worry about in the suburbs or in the country, but in the city with congested roads this is a real possibility.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We should already have wide angle cameras & screens replacing rear view mirrors. Styling could be improved by not having to avoid blind spots. The ice has been broken,car guys, so get with the program!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hear Hear! It is time to move on for crying out loud!
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