Blind spots are enormously dangerous. As any driver can tell you, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of realizing that there’s somebody located exactly where you can’t see them, right when you’re about to switch lanes. Nissan would like to take that scalp-crawling fear away, with a new kind of rear-view mirror.
The Full Rear View
Essentially, the mirror works in two ways. The first is simply a rearview mirror. You know them, you use them, these things are hardly what drivers will find unfamiliar.
The second comes when you flip a switch. That activates a camera in the back of the car with a wide-angle view, so you can see absolutely everything behind you, and we mean absolutely everything.
Blind Spots No More
The most obvious benefit of this particular tool is, well, you don’t have any blind spots. That’s not insubstantial, in that blind spot problems cause thousands of accidents, and millions of obscenities screamed, per year. But it’s also important in that it increases the situational awareness of the driver. Instead of worrying about what’s happening behind you, flip a switch and you know what’s happening behind you. It’s a substantial step up from, essentially, having to make an educated guess. That keeps you, and everyone else on the road, that much safer.
See Spots Vanish
That said, this isn’t a cure-all; if you want to make absolutely sure there are not blind spots on your car, you should adjust your mirrors until the side of your car is just out of view in the mirror itself. That will give you a full view of what’s behind you on either side.
Still, it will help substantially with driving and help avoid accidents on the road. And that in of itself is great news. Expect to see this as a feature starting next year.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.