The Aptera vehicle, an official X Prize contender
, is going through changes. As hinted at back in September, the Aptera-2e (the Typ-1's new official name) is going through some design changes
, including the addition of side mirrors. The mirrors allow a single camera to show what is directly behind the 2e, whereas the earlier three-camera system "couldn't effectively show the body as a point of reference." According to the company, these new additions don't do too much damage to the aerodynamic of the flightless plane shape of the 2e so "the change to the overall drag has been minimal." The stated reason is that the body-mounted cameras caused airflow disruption anyway, and the mirrors make it kind of a six of one, half-dozen of the other kind of thing. Whaddya think?