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Ford debuts Blind Spot Mirror on '09 Edge

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Nice. What's also handy are the parking mirrors on the 4Runner...

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Both the blind spot mirror and parking mirror are excellent low-cost alternatives to complicated radars and electronics.

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This will just make people even more careless about checking their blind spot. I doubt the extra mirror will catch everything, and some people simply aren't coordinated enough to piece together 3 images in their brain (the mirror, blind spot mirror, and peripheral vision -to form a complete image of whats on the side of their vehicle).

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This will just make people even more careless about checking their blind spot. I doubt the extra mirror will catch everything, and some people simply aren't coordinated enough to piece together 3 images in their brain (the mirror, blind spot mirror, and peripheral vision -to form a complete image of whats on the side of their vehicle).

What would your response have been if Honda had come up with it? :scratchchin:

Anyway, I think it's a nice addition that can prove helpful, especially when the B-pillar is blocking your view (this is both a joke and a serious comment 68 :P).

I also liek that this is accomplished without 7 computers and 50 pounds of extra weight.

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Cool. The passenger-side mirror of my 9-5 is convex at the outer edge, which allows more peripheral vision, and this is also a welcome innovation.

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What would your response have been if Honda had come up with it? :scratchchin:

I wouldn't have a response since Honda probably wouldn't announce it or make a press release out of it.

If Ford debuts their cars with air fresheners already installed, will they call it an "industry-first innovation" as well?

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They seriously have a press release about this?

They slapped a small mirror inside a big one. Big deal. I've seen a 1992 Ford Tempo with this.

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They seriously have a press release about this?

They slapped a small mirror inside a big one. Big deal. I've seen a 1992 Ford Tempo with this.

You can probably get the small close-up mirror at Pep Boys for $5.

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You can probably get the small close-up mirror at Pep Boys for $5.

From the article:

Ford's Blind Spot Mirror provides a more seamless solution than present aftermarket offerings, as it uses one continuous glass surface and is robust to the elements. The factory-installed spotter mirror is specifically designed for the vehicle - car or truck - it provides an optimized field of view.

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I wouldn't have a response since Honda probably wouldn't announce it or make a press release out of it.

If Ford debuts their cars with air fresheners already installed, will they call it an "industry-first innovation" as well?

Silly me... I have my mirrors adjusted to show the blind spot and then I enable the Honda-World-First-Eclusive-Best-Non-Collision-System which involves some fancy technology called a "window" and a "shoulder-check". I didn't even know I was doing it wrong!

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What would your response have been if Honda had come up with it? :scratchchin:

I'm pretty sure that Honda (and many others) have thought of it and not bothered.

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Good idea. Dumb press release.

I drive an Econoline, and have come to realize that those mirrors can be something of a lifesaver. I'm sure Mom will appreciate the added touch, especially when her Edge is crammed full of noisy kids.

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