Mirror-Mounted Displays Are Best? - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Mirror-Mounted Displays Are Best?

November 04, 2011


(Photo credit: Mike Schmidt)

I've always disliked rear-view cameras embedded into the rear-view mirror. 1) They're tiny. 2) I know what I'm used to seeing when I look in the rear-view mirror and it's not the view out of the middle of the bumper. 3) Getting a view of two vantage points in one small area gets confusing...especially if things are moving. 4) Did I mention how tiny they are?

Well it turns out that I'm wrong and the people who shoved it into our 2011 Ford Mustang GT are right. A research study by automotive supplier Gentex Corp. (a company that makes mirror-mounted displays for back-up cameras, nav and more) concluded that "by placing the rear-camera display in the mirror, you can increase display usage, improve driver scan patterns, enhance productive gaze durations and minimize reaction times."

Yeah, and you can also sell more mirror displays that way. I like rear-view cameras, but I want to keep them separate from the mirror. I'll decided when I want which bit of information thank-you-very-much.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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