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    #16
    I know it is just one more electronic system to fail, but I think it would be interesting to have something similar to, but not quite like the Honda Odyssey's. In case you are not familiar, the Honda Odyssey has a camera on the passenger side mirror that activates when you turn on your blinker and shows you everything in your blind spot on the passenger side by displaying the picture on the infotainment screen. I don't like that system for two reasons. First, I don't want to turn on my blinker to see if someone is in my blind spot. I don't need someone freaking out that I turned on my blinker. Maybe that is just a Maryland driver thing, but it seems they assume the second the blinker comes on you are going to immediately barrel into the next lane over. They then either speed way up to block you out or slam on the brakes to avoid a non-existent accident. Secondly, I don't like that it is only on the right side.
    What I'd love to see instead is a set of cameras (one on each side mirror) and a button on the steering wheel that activates the camera whenever you need it. Then you could see the blind spot on either side of your car before turning on your blinker. It will also help those with reduced neck or back motion see the sides without turning. Honda is discontinuing their camera system in favor of blind spot monitoring like everyone else, but my Toyota Sienna already has cameras on its mirrors which support the 360 degree view when parking or backing up. With a different lens and some software, I don't think it would be hard, but it's all a pipe dream for me.
    I'm glad you all have found mirrors that work while companies struggle to come up with a good solution for situational awareness. Maybe one day they have a solution that works for everyone.

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      #17
      Originally posted by ToastGuard View Post
      I know it is just one more electronic system to fail, but I think it would be interesting to have something similar to, but not quite like the Honda Odyssey's......................................... ....... and a button on the steering wheel that activates the camera whenever you need it.
      Hello TG. I do not have much trouble with rear view on our vehicle.
      However, direct rear view by the centre interior mounted mirror does present a large blind spot. A standard rear camera would eliminate that shortcoming.
      Re the exterior side mirrors and your mention of a button on the steering wheel got me thinking. Instead of chasing more sophisticated technology, surely a switch that would select a predetermined default left and right mirror position for when the driver wished to ascertain where they were in relation to other traffic and obstacles.
      It is what I do manually with the existing mirror switch when negotiating tight manoeuvres and sometimes in moving traffic.
      I am not a fan of convex mirrors, in fact when I had my Harley the first thing I did was smash the mirror and replace with flat tinted mirror glass - they are far safer insofar as it gives me truer spatial perspective.
      Maybe not a viable solution for a vehicle that has bulges built into the design for aesthetic or structural reasons that obviate or reduce road safety.
      Last edited by slow_runner; 30 Jul 2019, 4:08 PM.

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        #18
        You guys also forget that a very large percentage of the motoring public has no idea they even have blind spots.

        Back when I was a driver rehab specialist, I had a PowerPoint animation that I showed every client before I took them out on the road. They were told that they would be scored on every lane change. The majority just looked in their mirror.

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          #19
          I like the adjustable 2" round mirrors shown. I've always used the little 2" convex ones before. I've ordered the Birken SCI suggested. If it doesn't fit my needs may use the one Brad showed. Do you put them on the drivers and passenger mirrors? I've always just put 'em on the drivers side. Never thought about the passenger. I've got to get somethin on quickly, as I don't like driving without something to show the blindspots.

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            #20
            Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
            I like the adjustable 2" round mirrors shown. I've always used the little 2" convex ones before. I've ordered the Birken SCI suggested. If it doesn't fit my needs may use the one Brad showed. Do you put them on the drivers and passenger mirrors? I've always just put 'em on the drivers side. Never thought about the passenger. I've got to get somethin on quickly, as I don't like driving without something to show the blindspots.
            Is it your positioning in the driver's station? I know mine just fits into position. It wouldn't take a significant change in my position for me to be unable to angle it properly.

            If so, just say so and I'll edit my initial post. If it's not going to work with the conversions, I need to say that up front.

            The Maxi-Mirrors should work, but there may be cheaper alternatives.

            Maybe the best thing might be to build up the back of one of the mirrors you can find in any store so that it can be mounted at the margin of the glass and clear the cowling.

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              #21
              Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
              Maybe the best thing might be to build up the back of one of the mirrors you can find in any store so that it can be mounted at the margin of the glass and clear the cowling.
              That's why I use the ones I posted, so it clears the cowling but without having to build up the back of a flat one since it has more depth to it.

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                #22
                I'm not sure as it hasn't come yet.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                  I'm not sure as it hasn't come yet.
                  i misread your response. Darn cell phone screens.

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                    #24
                    These pictures show better what I did to solve how I dealt with the blind spot(s). Even though this is a 2002, the problem seems quite similar. They are classed as four inch and are more stable than they look. I built up the bottom of the four inch mirrors with JBweld to conform with the shape of the factory mirror. The JBweld only acts like a wedge, it is not glued to the factory mirror. The four inch mirror has a J hook type clamp holding it to the factory mirror. The right one had to be mounted further out to avoid conflict with the post.
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                    Last edited by nonoise; 1 Aug 2019, 1:49 AM.
                    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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