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Storck Bicycle and Porsche Digital launch Cyklær e-bike with digital rear-view mirror

3 comments

1 month 2 weeks ago

if you think cyclists should only be looking in front then the very best of luck to you.

You're being a little unfair there - they never said that cyclists don't need to see behind - only that it would be better if that rear view was somewhere more in the natural eyeline.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Straight down at your handlebars is not a good place to spend your time looking. You need to have your head up and and looking further down the road.

 

No one is suggesting you ride whilst constantly staring down at the rear view camera, any more than you should ride with your head twisted round permanently to look behind.

 

I have a bar-end rear view mirror on my drop handlebars. After years of pooh-pooing the idea, it's the best thing I've ever done.  It's much quicker to glance down at the mirror than it is to crane my neck round, which I now only need to do as a final check.

Whether a digital gizmo is as good I don't know, but if you think cyclists should only be looking in front then the very best of luck to you.

1 month 2 weeks ago

"Digital rear view mirror" is an awful idea, for both the safety of the cyclists themselves as well as pedestrians and other road users.

Straight down at your handlebars is not a good place to spend your time looking. You need to have your head up and and looking further down the road. It's even more important in urban cycling to do this, than if you are out biking in the forest alone.

This is a lazy "innovation". 

A more intelligent approach would be a clip on that you can hang on to your bike helmet, so that you keep your head up. Or a pair or eyeglasses with one lens that has a digital overlay.