This is the future, many would agree. So far, only the German giant Volkswagen plans to manufacture cars where drivers will not be looking in a rear or sideview mirror, but a set of three video cameras.
The car that VW plans to release in mid-2014 is the ultra-efficient XL1. Without the mirrors, the vehicle’s aerodynamics will be significantly improved, which will also affect the fuel economy.
Will any of the XL1s see the U.S. market? Most likely not, because of the federal rules, stating that all vehicles must be equipped with left- and right-side exterior mirrors.
At the same time, however, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes Toyota, GM, VW, and Tesla Motors, has sent a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They want the replacement of mirrors with digital cameras to be officially permitted.
The petition coincides with an announcement the NHTSA made recently, saying that starting May 2018, all vehicles must have backup cameras installed.
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