blind spot mirror
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  • Image Credit: Drexel University
  • blind spot mirror
  • blind spot mirror

  • Image Credit: Drexel University
  • blind spot mirror
  • blind spot mirror

  • Image Credit: Drexel University
  • blind spot mirror
  • blind spot mirror

  • Image Credit: Drexel University
  • blind spot mirror
  • blind spot mirror

  • Image Credit: Drexel University
The view behind a Drexel University professor has never looked better, wider or less distorted than with his all-new rear view mirror that eliminates blind spots.

"Imagine that the mirror's surface is made of many smaller mirrors turned to different angles, like a disco ball," said R. Andrew Hicks, a mathematics professor at Drexel, who received a patent on his mirror in May.

Hicks developed an algorithm to control the angle light bounces off the mirror making his curved mirror not act like a curved mirror. The mirror has a field of view of 45 degrees, while most regular rear view mirrors on cars have a field of view between 15 and 17 degrees.

While offering a much wider view, the mirror will not make it onto new U.S. vehicles any time soon. Mirrors on the driver's side must be completely flat. Ford has one solution for federal regulations with its blind spot mirror, which is regular mirror that includes a convex spotter mirror in the upper left-hand corner.

But judging by photos, Hicks' mirror offers a much cleaner and less distorted view. It can be sold as an aftermarket accessory, and Hicks has had some interest from manufacturers in producing it.


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      Paul Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good OEM mirrors already exist, the problem is US law. For example, for VWs and Audis it's easy to purchase the European OEM mirrors, which are flat on the inner 2/3, but then transition to curved to eliminate the usual blind spot. I have these on my S4. I've also added the aftermarket Multivex mirrors to several cars. They aren't perfect, but are better than OEM.
        icerabbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Allen
        I agree. Cars in on other continents have benefitted from better side mirrors for decades and for 12 years now I couldn't understand why the same European and Asian cars available here in the US were fitted differently. So, apparently there's some law against it, probably due to some concern that curved passenger side mirrors would be fitted to the driver side. We don't need $500-$1000 blind spot radar / camera / laser / ... systems. Better mirrors suffice, foolproof for every driver. No power nor fancy electronics required. It would cost next-to-nothing to be fitted on every new car ... Time to change the law and start using safer mirrors that have been around for 20 years!!!
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some people might say that just adjusting a normal mirror is the way to go but this design has an important difference. Just as you might zoom out a camera to get a wider view, this mirror does that without the distortion a convex or fisheye lens would do. It's wider on the x axis but normal on the y axis. This is all about the field of vision, not adjustment and there would be much less chance of someone seeing just their door handle.
      j.reed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me whatever the opposite of old fashion that these people are talking about is, I adjusted my mirrors to see my blind spot and not behind my car, since I already have a rear view mirror for that. (I only have to look if I can't clearly see through my window and through the mirror.) I can't imagine how these millions of people don't understand its a side view mirror, not a rear view mirror on the side of your car.
      JD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had this guy as my math professor 7 years ago, and I'll be damned... He said he worked with algorithims and mirrors and looks like he was not lying!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, about time they made a better side mirror.
        wendygoerl
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Yeah, but thanks to Government micromanaging, it doesn't count.
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      These mirrors are an improvement, but I always thought the next stage would be video cameras and heads up displays so you don't have anything sticking out from the side of the car. I own an old Honda and the left side mirror has been broken for several months so it won't hold it's position. What started out as a serious frustration has actually helped me get rid of some bad habits of depending on that mirror, so now I pay attention to who is approaching on that side and I always check over my shoulder before changing lanes. I would uninstall the mirror and replace it with a blank now if that were a legal option.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        In most states, driving without a driver's-side-side-view-mirror is illegal. Also, I'm astounded that it took the loss of your mirror to get you to actually look before changing lanes. Pretty basic stuff. Mirrors are important for situational awareness. You should always, always know what cars are around you, to both sides and behind, whether you're preparing for a lane change or not.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        head-up displays* just fyi
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty slick. Since it will be difficult to get these things permitted as an option for the driver's side mirror, a workaround could be to sell a 2 to 3 inch strip that can be stuck over the (top or bottom of the) current mirror that's wider than those little stick-on convex mirrors. The downside.....then you have to deal with lots of headlight getting reflected into your face at night.
      ilmhmtu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool idea. At the very least, our mirrors should be as clear as that!
      belldn3
      • 2 Years Ago
      So...........Do we break out with the platform shoes?
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this mirror. Currently I have those little convex blind spot mirrors glued on the side view mirrors, but they don't offer a good view and are impossible to use at night.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's pretty cool, but the mirror still looks very curved and disorienting. The one problem I have with our Fiesta is that the rear view mirror on the windshield is convex and it's tough getting an idea for where the cars behind me are at a glance.
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or maybe turn your head?
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