What is happening: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has approved Stoneridge Inc’s application to replace rear view mirrors with cameras.
Cameras: Stoneridge have a five year exemption from usual rules to allow them to install cameras in the place of normal rear view mirrors. The system is called MirrorEye, and has now effectively been legalized by the FMCSA. The NHTSA will now gather data and rule on whether these systems can be fitted into trucks from the beginning.
Advantages: Stoneridge say the cameras and monitors used will expand the field of view, display full-color night vision, and automated panning. It is also more aerodynamic, saving on fuel by 2-3%.
What did the FMCSA say: “The use of the MirrorEye system in lieu of mirrors would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation.”