By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Drexel University math professor has been awarded a patent for a driver’s-side mirror that eliminates the dreaded “blind spot.”READ MORE: Teammates, Coaches Hold Emotional Vigil For Tyler Norton, Boy Killed In Pottstown House Fire
Dr. R. Andrew Hicks says the patent is the result of about seven years of research on his slightly curved mirror that provides a wider field of view with a bare minimum of distortion.
“So when someone comes up from behind you, you seen them the whole time,” he says. “And then, when they leave the actual mirror, they appear in your peripheral vision.”READ MORE: Veterans Transform Historic Train Station Into 'Incredibly Special' Cafe In Radnor Township
Don’t expect to see Hicks’ mirrors in mass production, though. Federal regulations say new cars must have flat mirrors on the driver’s side.
But he believes there is a way around that roadblock.
“You are allowed to buy an after-market product and stick it on your car. I’ve seen them — they exist — which is like a spherical mirror or a little inset. So, the aftermarket is a possibility,” he thinks.MORE NEWS: Mama-Tee's Effort To Combat Food Insecurity During Pandemic Expands Into Pop-Up Grocery Store
Hicks says he has received a number of inquiries about his product and hopes to bring it to market soon.