No one should be shocked.
There are few things the people of planet Earth are more anticipated for than the Tesla Cybertruck. This angular beast shaped out of pure sheet metal and torque promises to be the best thing since the electric golf cart. Thing is, Elon Musk and Tesla just can't seem to get the thing going.
Last month we reported that the Cybertruck was one step closer to real-life after a recent announcement that production would be delayed until 2022. Nearly two years after the prototype was first shown to the public, the final design for the Cybertruck has still not been made public. However, a recent video of the EV truck snapped in the wild, along with a tweet from Musk himself, has given the internet something new to talk about: the Cybertruck's side mirrors.
The photo shows a pre-production Cybertruck with what's clearly a set of side mirrors. It might even have the rear-wheel steering system Musk has been bragging about. The video was recorded at Castle Airport near Atwater, California. Tesla fans have voiced they prefer the truck without mirrors, but as Musk clarified something vital in a recent tweet: "They're required by law, but designed to be easy to remove by owners," he said.
According to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 111, all vehicles are required to have rearview mirrors, including side mirrors. Many carmakers are looking toward camera monitor systems (CMS) to replace traditional mirrors, but the jury is still out. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation have filed an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) with the Federal Register regarding the tech. But for now, cars still need traditional side mirrors.
This is unfortunate for the Cybertruck which banks on its sleek appearance just as much as its claimed performance levels. A set of side mirrors is going to break the stealth bomber look the truck was going for, but at least it will be relatively affordable.
The video also shows the Cybertruck taking a few seriously sharp turns with ease, leading us to believe that this tester is fitted with rear-wheel steering. We all know how much Musk loves to talk big and push boundaries, but every now and then he needs to conform to the law, just like the rest of us.