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Why It’ll Be a While Before We Can Replace Car Mirrors With Cameras

•, By Damon Lavrinc
 The level of technology is so advanced that we may one day soon see drivers rendered irrelevant. And yet we’re still using small squares of reflective glass to see what’s behind us.

That’s about to change. High-def cameras streaming video to small dashboard displays are coming to cars, and Telsa Motors and a dozen other automakers are leading the way.

On the same day that federal regulators announced that all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with back-up cameras beginning May 1, 2018, Tesla and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers called for the feds to allow some flexibility to mirror requirements. The automakers are calling on the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to change the 1968 rule that requires passenger vehicles to have a mirror on the door and another on the windshield and instead allow cameras to replace them.

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