NSFW: Side mirrors suffer blow to image

KP4853 02AIt’s a beautiful moment when quarrelers put aside their differences and join forces for a larger fight. Say, to rid the earth of a super villain. That’s what happened today as Tesla joined forces with the mainstream Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — Tesla’s recent nemesis in Arizona — to push the NHTSA toward allowing side-view cameras instead of mirrors. We’re expecting a response from Nitsa tomorrow.* What’s so bad about mirrors? They’re the ruiner of all wind tunnel results, screwer-upper of all vehicle designs, and ultimately a vampire to all wallets. The side camera request comes just as NHTSA announced it’s mandating rear cameras in all vehicles under 10,000 lbs starting May 2018.DJS_6771-900x450

Meanwhile, if you’d like to sample the thrill ride of US auto safety regulations, click here to see Standard 111. Warning: It’s not safe for work because you might suddenly fall asleep and bang your forehead on your desk.

*April fools.

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