Shortly after the passing of a bill mandating the standard use of back-up cameras on all U.S.-registered vehicles after 2018, news has surfaced in the NHTSA with word that automakers are pushing legislation allowing the use of cameras to replace conventional side-view mirrors.
In a recent push from the Alliance of Automaker Manufacturers group; which consists of: Volkswagen AG, General Motors, Toyota and newcomer Tesla; it seems the industry is trying to ditch the aforementioned mirrors, eschewing them in favor of more drag-efficient cameras, and other more technologically friendly designs, according to an Automotive News report.
It is by no means a new idea, with such applications being displayed on concept cars for the better part of a decade. Even in the production-car realm, car manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, and Ford have added camera-assistance technologies alongside conventional mirrors, allowing drivers an even more comprehensive view of their vehicle when driving.
While the mandate of side-view mirrors have been in place for decades, it seems such a law is becoming slowly obsolete, yet for any law to get through the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration is a monumental task to say the least. But the entity seems to have its hands full currently.