This reduces the risk that you'd switch lanes and run into another person.
But your car won't come equipped with this mirror anytime soon--because of government regulations.
R. Andrew Hicks patented his mirror, which he revealed back in 2008. It works because his driver's side mirror has a field of view of about 45 degrees, compared to 15 to 17 degrees of view in a flat driver's side mirror, Phys.Org reports.
While there are extended view rear view mirrors available for purchase, Hicks' is the first side mirror of its kind. But there won't be one on your car anytime soon.