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Old 03-26-2016, 06:54 PM   #31
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If your cameras stopped working while on a trip you'd be in a bad way.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:01 PM   #32
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I've thought about doing this to use them as side view mirrors. Does that sound feasible? Asking generally since you haven't done it yet. That way we'd have three monitors on the dash with real time video and no mirrors. The side view mirrors are huge and would probably save some gas if you took them off.
I would not advise you to do that for a number of reasons. Safety would be the first not to mention illegal on top of it. From what I know of the motor vehicle code, side mirrors are a must have.

Take my jeep for example. The doors can be off. however I have to put on side mirrors.
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Also I do not think that it would save anything on fuel.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:15 PM   #34
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The same idea shows up on concept cars periodically and they usually do it for fuel economy. It would probably help, though I wonder how much. Good point about it breaking, though you have generally the same problem with regular mirrors. If you catch it on something or someone hits you, you're SOL in that case too. I forgot about the legality side, that's pretty important. I wonder if the camera would cover the requirement. For passenger vehicles, you're only required to have one on the driver's side.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:04 PM   #35
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I've got SIX mirrors on the front of Brunhilde and the Kid's Department mirror inside. Not too many blind spots where I'm concerned.
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Yeah, and mine are heated. No, not the inside one. That's something I never thought I'd have on a vehicle when I started driving.
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I've backed into a few things when I first got this bus. Yeah a camera would be nice even in a car. It's getting pretty far off the KISS theory when there are lots of mirrors already on a bus.
Personally I'd like a holographic display that reflects off the front windshield when I'm backing up showing what's behind me. Actually I stopped backing into things after driving this forward control bus a few times.
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:41 PM   #38
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Also I do not think that it would save anything on fuel.
Decided to look into this some more. I found this paper
http://papers.sae.org/920204/
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Blog Post | What a Drag: Time to Get Rid of Outside Mirrors | Car Talk

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A study of big trucks (with really humongous mirrors) found they can add a whopping 10 percent to drag.
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Comparing the energy implications of the best to the worst mirrors, the estimated saving in fuel based on 150,000 km of annual driving, could amount to 800 L of diesel fuel or 1250 L of gasoline.
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