Is everything digital these days? Did you ever think that your rear-view side mirrors would become digital and be mounted on the inside of your truck? Neither did I!

We all remember the mirrors from years gone by that were small, to say the least, with flimsy mirror mounts that were always moving out of place or breaking off. If you were lucky enough to have heated mirrors, then the adverse weather conditions weren’t too bad. If you didn’t, then you were out of luck.

Imagine driving along, looking at your rear-view side mirrors just inside the windows and that they are digital recording cameras as well. It would certainly be a different driving forward experience for sure, not to mention trying to back up with them. That is exactly what’s coming down the pipeline very soon.

These mirrors could enhance your driving experience and safety on the road for a few reasons:

  1. In the event of a problem, the camera mirrors will record what they see. This could potentially save you or the other person involved. In the case of an accident it could eliminate the “he said, she said” scenario.
  2. It will give the investigation team a much clearer picture of what happened in the event of an accident.
  3. You will be able to see a total 360 degrees around your vehicle. No more blind spots.

This system is being developed by Bosch and Mekra Lang and is expected to go into production this year.

These cameras will replace the two large mirrors on the outside of the trucks that you use now. This will reduce drag on the truck and reduce fuel usage, saving the owners’ money. They can be adjusted for night driving or if you need to see up close or far away. I do wonder how they will perform in the northern climates, as the mirrors will have cameras mounted outside that can be covered with snow and ice, but on the other hand, the actual mirrors inside will not fog up in adverse weather conditions.

As time goes on, we will see a lot more tech products coming, and like anything, they will take time to adjust to. The trucking industry is changing so fast. Are you ready for it? The technology advancements are coming faster and faster now that we are entering the AI age. Imagine what trucking will be like in another 30 years!

Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Professional Development Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers have more connection, communication, and overall job satisfaction.