A great idea, from Ford


What a great idea. The blind spot mirror.
Not a complicated radar system, but something simple and inexpensive that can actually be a great help in avoiding accidents.
This will be standard equipment in many Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models.

Conversation 20 comments

  1. Do you think that it adjust itself automatically when you position de bigger mirror? If that’s the case… that smart engineer deserves a raise.

  2. Great idea! Of course the automotive press will wait until a Japanese company starts using it to praise its usefullness.

  3. Great idea to offer larger side mirrors with the blind spot mirror at the corner.

    Until you have this feature, it would be a good idea to adjust your side mirrors to eliminate blind spots. Most people set their side mirrors so they see the sides of their cars from the driver’s position. This doesn’t give a view of the adjacent lanes and a car approaching from the rear.

    To see how to set your mirrors, go here:

    http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/mirrors/

    If the link doesn’t work, just Google “setting side mirrors” and you’ll find it.

  4. Lousy execution. It looks like something I’d buy at Autozone and stick it on. What Ford should have done is incorporated the Euro design glass where the entire 1″ outer edge of the mirror with the convex feature.

  5. This is just stupid. If people weren’t so lazy to just physically “look” at their blindspot over their shoulders, we wouldn’t need any of this, especially Volvo’s annoying way of going about this. Just look over your shoulders for crying out loud. This is why everyone has a bad impression of Americans, associating us with FAT and LAZINESS. Like those stupid seatbelt designs from the 90’s on the U.S. spec Accords and Mercury Villagers and what not, that would MOVE FORWARD. Jesus. WOULD IT KILL US TO ACTUALLY MOVE OUR BODIES? Ridiculous.

  6. This is just stupid. If people weren’t so lazy to just physically “look” at their blindspot over their shoulders, we wouldn’t need any of this, especially Volvo’s annoying way of going about this. Just look over your shoulders for crying out loud. This is why everyone has a bad impression of Americans, associating us with FAT and LAZINESS. Like those stupid seatbelt designs from the 90’s on the U.S. spec Accords and Mercury Villagers and what not, that would MOVE FORWARD. Jesus. WOULD IT KILL US TO ACTUALLY MOVE OUR BODIES? Ridiculous.

  7. you have to wonder about the need for such systems. and actually, this is not a novel idea. most of the cars ive driven or seen in germany have similar mirror designs.

    but why not just look over your shoulder? is it no longer “cool” do drive like youre driving a car?

  8. Man, people will complain about anything. The brilliance of this design is in its simplicity. While a lot of people use those ugly adhesive mirrors from Pep Boys, no automaker thought to add this in an attractive design. I prefer this over the complexed and flawed electronic systems.

  9. ne1butu said…

    Man, people will complain about anything.

    How true. Looking over ones’ shoulder went from a simple enough task to something from the dark ages. Ford is just playing upon the stupidity of modern drivers. We can’t blame Ford for cashing in on consumer idiocy.

    It’s why we have water & ice delivered through the door of our refrigerators because we are too lazy or stupid to assemble some water and ice into a glass for consumption.

    Ouch. My neck hurts just thinking about it all. I need Microsoft SYNC to call my chiropractor so I don’t hurt my finger to dial the phone.

    While I’m driving my car.

  10. another great idea from a great car company i can do plenty of things while i drive including talking on the phone for hours sure ive hit a few cars here and there but theyre mostly parked and foreign so it sdoesnt really mnamatter the ford mirrio r is great for those who cant talk and drive i am lucky i can

  11. “Looking over ones’ shoulder went from a simple enough task to something from the dark ages. Ford is just playing upon the stupidity of modern drivers. “

    I don’t know about that. Many people, particularly older people, don’t have the flexibility to twist their necks in that motion. And to turn to glance behind you means that you’re eyes are turning away from what’s in front of you. This solution is so unbelievably simple that it’s shocking Ford is the first to offer it on their cars.

  12. I like it. Good idea Ford. I’d rather have this than some electronic thingamabob that will probably break down when the warranty expires and will add weight to the car. This is a good and economical addition to safety.

  13. I don’t know about that. Many people, particularly older people, don’t have the flexibility to twist their necks in that motion. And to turn to glance behind you means that you’re eyes are turning away from what’s in front of you. This solution is so unbelievably simple that it’s shocking Ford is the first to offer it on their cars.

    I totally get your point and agree. Humor doesn’t always come across well here. I actually think this mirror design is a good idea.

  14. ford is certainly not using a novel idea, but in the states it will be the first. i remember last summer i rented an opel vectra in germany and it implemented a convex mirror on the left eight of the mirror. but, ford will exploit that it will be the first in the country with such a system and lazy americans will probably buy it

    it’s sad that americans have come to rely on such blindspot warning systems. i could see how it would be valuable on a panel van or something with poor visibility, but in a passenger car? if youre muscles are too weak to turn your head 90 degrees than maybe you shouldnt be driving

    who knew that such small mirrors would spark such a debate!

  15. We use it for a long time in Thailand. Many car manufacturers do not put it on since it can cause confusion. It’s not really such a great idea.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *