The inherent lack of functionality in car door mirrors is baffling. They’re designed to do one thing, but since they all have dangerous blind spots, they’re doing a consistently terrible job at that thing. A math professor from Drexel has just gotten a patent on a system to fix this: it’s not a fancy blind spot detection system, it’s just a very clever mirror that doesn’t suck.
Designing a mirror with a wide enough field of view to eliminate blind spots in cars without also curving the mirror so much that everything ends up all distorted is not an easy thing to do. If it was, it’d be such an obvious fix to such a big problem that someone would have made it happen ages ago. Instead, it took a fancy algorithm developed by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks to generate an optimized mirror shape that gets the blind spot elimination without looking like you’re driving through a Dalí landscape.