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The Cybertruck concept had no side mirrors, but as Musk noted, it’s required by US federal law.
If the Tesla Cybertruck remains anything but wedge-like in production, it will have to shake out some of the side mirrors. After all, that’s the law. But after fans noticed the electric pickup truck test in California, CEO Elon Musk said these mandatory side mirrors would be removable.
Specifically, Musk responded to a Twitter user who said he wasn’t big fans of the mirrored look. “They are required by law, but are designed to be easily removed by their owners,” Musk said in response. The Twitter user was citing a video that surfaced at the Cybertruck Owners Forum, which showed not only a set of side mirrors on the pickup, but also stepped wheels and tires, as well as windshield wipers. Each of these are little bits that indicate the company is still working hard to improve the truck, hence the delays.
Removable mirrors are nothing new. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler’s mirrors leave the doors if the owners decide to go doorless with their SUV. Still, mirrors are your friend: they help us all maneuver a vehicle and easily check what’s going on behind us. In some parts of the world, camera systems as mirrors are starting to become a thing, but US federal security standards still require physical mirrors in place.
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If anything, Cybertruck detection and Musk’s comment are a welcome update to show that the project is live and inside Tesla.