When Audi introduced its electric E-Tron SUV in San Francisco last year, it was mainly about the side cameras of the car. The feature that replaces the traditional passive side mirrors is an option in Europe and elsewhere, but here in the US such a system is banned. According to Reuters, the National Road Safety Authority is now considering how federal motor vehicle regulations should be included in the 21
The planned test of the NHTSA-known agency would investigate "driving behavior" and perform lane-change maneuvers "in cars with conventional mirrors and camera-based vision systems, the department said in a statement that gave the public an opportunity to comment.
It's not the first time that automotive innovation hits the wall from the start. We call the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Already in 2014, Audi was told that it could not import cars using the company's clever new laser headlamp technology – even today, US implementations of Matrix LED headlamps in Europe are far less effective than Systems associated with d The regulations are far less stringent.
For decades, car designers have been dealing with the idea of replacing side mirrors with a camera system. So far, however, the camera and display technology is up to date. The attraction for an electric vehicle is obvious: Side mirrors increase the front surface, pull and contribute much to the wind noise, so that an electric vehicle without side mirrors covers more kilometers per kWh and drives even quieter Lexus offers next to the Audi e-tron and its side cameras a similar System for his ES sedan, but not here in the US. Honda is developing a camera side view system for the Honda E, a production version of the Urban EV concept from 2017, and Lotus has omitted traditional reflecting glass for its Evija Hypercar.
Be careful, however, what you want. When we tested Audi's virtual side mirrors, it was a very mixed bag. The system worked flawlessly on the passenger side of the car as the OLED screen is pretty much positioned where you would expect it to be. On the driver's side, however, we've noticed that the positioning of the screen is far further from the point where years of driving have led us to expect that information, and that the driver has to keep his eyes off the road much longer than it is ideal Check a blind spot.