Mirrors are so 20th century
BMW chose CES as the place to show off its supremely sexy mirrorless i8, but it’s not the tech itself that’s new here, it’s the application. In the past few years, the ability to ditch mirrors completely in lieu of small cameras has meant significant gains in aerodynamic efficiency, and combining cameras with radar to track specific objects in your mirror has been on display in a few race cars. But carmakers have been hesitant to include them in production cars for a variety of reasons.
As HD cameras get ever smaller, though, the metric shifts in their favor. We’ll soon see cars on the road that don’t have so much as a single mirror, replaced instead by cameras and screens that replicate the traditional mirror’s role perfectly.