Nighttime Vehicle Vision: The Secret Science of Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

For the informed vehicle owner, every car part merits interest. Even seemingly innocuous parts, like the auto-dimming rearview mirror. This mirror is designed to fight the glare produced by taillights reflected in the mirror at night. The glare has a potentially dangerous impact on driver vision, slowing down reaction time by approximately 1.4 seconds. When traveling at highway speeds, this delayed reaction time can lead to accidents.

The auto-dimming rearview mirror is designed to mitigate these effects. When the mirror's light sensor detects a glare, a charge is sent to an electrochromic gel. The gel, positioned between the mirror's two layers of glass, reacts to the charge by darkening. This restricts the extent of the glare, ensuring that drivers no longer have to worry about their vision when driving at night.

Informed drivers in the market for a new vehicle should stop by Dolan Kia soon for a test drive.



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