Believe me, I'm extremely well aware of automation that doesn't function under adverse conditions.
So the car's got all kinds of safety crap, and yet, it doesn't have simple, useful, heated side mirrors...but it does have "blind spot" warning beeps and blinky lights in the mirrors. Radar here and cameras there, literally out the azz (gov mandated back-up camera). Eh, I'm just the simple-minded human legally responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle right? I'm just not supposed to be able to see what's back there, myself, with the mirrors on my gov mandated uber-safety conscious 2018 mid-level model rolling techno marvel. Apparently, I had to jump up to the most expensive top-o-the-line model to get something as simple, and incredibly, useful as that. Who knew.
Sooo, question for all you safety mongers out there, WHY then are heated side mirrors NOT gov mandated over a lousy, little used, back-up camera? Let me ask my automotive expert representatives.
Hell the wife's mid-level model 2011 SX4 has heated side mirrors. Never even thought to concern myself with whether or not a 2018 anything had them since its been forever since I haven't had them (back to the mid/late-90s and discounting the strippo '14 Heep). Nope, didn't concern myself at all, until, they didn't defrost last week in that foulness we received. What a freaking annoyance this is going to be on a primary winter vehicle.
2010 Kizashi GTS, CVT, iAWD (3/10 build date)
2011 SX4 Premium Hatch, CVT, iAWD (12/10 build date)
2018 Mazda CX-5 iAWD Touring
2014 Wrangler JKUW (GONE, traded
1991 Samurai, 5-Speed, EFI, Soft-Top (