Modern cars are operated by millions lines of code to control everything from the navigation to the infotainment system. One of the latest technologies which are coming to modern cars is high definition cameras. They are designed to replace cars mirrors and streaming whatever the cameras are capturing to the dashboard inside the cars in real time. The technology has already implemented in some of the modern cars such as Tesla, Volkswagen and audi.
The challenge now is for the regulations to be changed as to allow cameras to replace rear view mirrors. Recently federal regulators announced that all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with back-up cameras starting on May 1, 2018. With regards to this, Tesla and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers are requesting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to change the 1968 rule which requires passenger vehicles to have a mirror on the door and another on the windshield and having cameras to replace them.
The argument is that by using cameras instead of rear-view mirrors is that cameras will provide a wider view and thus could completely eliminate blind spots as well as increase fuel efficiency as the car will be more aerodynamic. According to Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, Wolf-Heinrich Hucho said that exterior side view mirrors increases total aerodynamic drag by an average of 2 to 7 percent.
There are also benefits of using rear view mirrors as they are cheap, reliable, durable and easy to replace. On top of that, they do not crash, do not suffer from latency and they cannot be hacked. However, rear view mirrors offer limited view.
Nathan Naylor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman said that the agency is taking the request seriously.