• Dec 3, 2011
We can see it now. A police officer pulls over a Pep Boys-customized Chevy Cavalier that's been having a hard time staying in its lane. The officer asks the driver if he's been texting. "No," he says, "Just playing Angry Birds on my rearview mirror."

While the automotive aftermarket has never shied away from facilitating driver distraction, this new rearview mirror kit from online retailer Chinavasion pretty much takes the prize. It contains a 4.3-inch touchscreen, GPS, Bluetooth, an SD card slot, a wireless rearview camera, an internal camera, and a DVR for recording video from either camera. Oh, and frighteningly enough, it also features some pre-installed games. (Although we don't know for sure, we doubt Angry Birds is actually included.)

The Chinavasion mirror just slips over your car's existing rear-view mirror, meaning installation hassles should be minimal, so pretty much anyone with $199.86 can order one and be on their way towards causing an accident in no time.


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      chahjah
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeez, now THATS scary. Can't believe that this was allowed on the market.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Birdman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, That takes the cake. I thought that I'd seen everything when I was passed by a car whose driver was playing trumpet. How nice that now he'll be able to play a video game with his other hand.
      likes2kayak
      • 3 Years Ago
      This shouldn't even be legal in this country considering they've already banned texting and driving... How well is playing a video game going to work??
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @likes2kayak
        Oh I would not be surprised if there is either some sort of disclaimer stating not to use while driving, or it simply doesn't work while the vehicle is in motion, making it even more of an unnecessary feature and gimmick.
      Linda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you friggin kidding me. Like we don't have enough distracted drivers on the road. I'm sorry things like this need to be outlawed. Driving is getting really scarey, and this is about as over the top as anything I have seen lately OMG....why not just repeal the drunk driving laws while your at it.
      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL! What's wrong with this picture? Are we illegally driving on the wrong side of the road with a solid yellow line in front of us, or are we driving on the lane divider on a one-way road in the rear view mirror?
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Apparently the car doesn't have anything behind the windshield, either. Just road.
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        "In China[vasion], distraction mirrors you!"
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Apparently not only is the car driving itself, it's doing so while the shifter is in park (P) mode.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Apparently, not only is it driving itself, it's doing so in Park mode on the shifter.
      Joan Simon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just one more tool that drivers can use to kill people.
      elwoodlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG an other accident waiting to happen
      eliotsmeliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will they make this for my side mirrors too?
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @eliotsmeliot
        yes, so that you'll always see a charging T-Rex closer than it appears everytime you go to make a lane change (complete with authentic T-Rex roar streamed to your bluetooth rearview mirror)
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a drunk getting behind the wheel is frowned upon, but some nerd playing games with his rearview mirror is being encouraged? What's gone wrong with this world?
        Heidi Ann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        They are trying to thin out the world population I guess. They should start with the idiot who came up with THIS idea.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Heidi Ann
          It will certainly go towards "thinning out consumers' wallets". It just seems like one more feature for automakers to stick in there and help justify a higher price. I really can see no other justification for putting this crap in cars when we have cell phones, i-phones, i-pads, etc. Then, one must consider how quickly technology changes and advances. I guess it's really "neato" if you're one of these gadget geeks, but if you are one of those that prefers their cars to be relatively simple, then it sucks.
      Heidi Ann
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an idiotic idea. Great thing to have more people peeled off the pavement because of more driving distractions. Whoever said that people in China were smart?
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Heidi Ann
        It's the idiots that buy them that's the problem. And it's being marketed in the US as well as anywhere else that has cars, just like all those car devices that do nothing.
      lonewolfwoman52
      • 3 Years Ago
      Exactly what we need, more distractions for drivers. The biggest distraction I have when driving is having to do extra defensive driving due to all of the idiots on phones, combing their hair, fixing make-up. yelling at their kids, playing games, etc...When they put those DVD players to play movies for your kids while being driven somewhere, I knew it was a matter of time before they have to add more distractions for drivers, I figured it would be movies-current TV broadcast, not games. Will they also raise the car/driver insurance rates on all of those gullible people who have to have the latest unsafe toys added to their cars ? They should. Sometimes I carry a book for when I get stopped by trains in my city, but rarely even read then and only then. Most trains in my city last 15+ minutes even though it is illegal to block traffic longer than 7 minutes by a train, who do you turn them into ? I have an emergency travel phone used for car problems or medical problems only and if needed, I pull off the road onto a side street or parking lot, stop the car and shut it off then use the phone. when I drive. Maybe it is time to build cars with robotic drivers, like in the movie Timecop with Jean Claude Van Damn,when he got into the car, he gave the destination and the car took him there, he just sat back and relaxed. It might be safer in the long run.
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