People are Buffing Cybertrucks into Dangerous Mirrors on Wheels

The Tesla Cybertruck, a vehicle that has already turned heads with its futuristic design and stainless steel body, is now being transformed into something even more eye-catching: a mirror on wheels1This modification, while visually striking, has raised questions about road safety and legality1.

The Mirror Cybertruck

A customized Cybertruck, polished to resemble a funhouse mirror on wheels, recently went on sale for $149,9991This unique vehicle was the result of a project by Tyson Garvin, a resident of Joplin, Missouri1Garvin decided to modify his vehicle after receiving it almost five years after pre-ordering Tesla’s first truck.

Upon receiving his Cybertruck, Garvin was not thrilled with its appearance. “I didn’t like it when I first got it,” he said. “It was actually very dirty when I picked it up. It was a very bad delivery experience. And just the look of it—the dull stainless steel isn’t evenly brushed.

The Buffing Process

To transform his Cybertruck into a mirror on wheels, Garvin took it to a local company specializing in industrial-grade semi-truck buffing1. The process of polishing stainless steel is not simple, quick, or easy. It requires hours of tedious detailing work with specialized tools at the hands of professionals2A crew of four people worked on Garvin’s Cybertruck, their arms moving gently as they buffed the stainless steel skin2.

Safety Concerns

The mirror-like finish of the buffed Cybertruck has raised concerns about its safety on public roads1Traffic safety experts and a former judge have pointed out that while it might not be technically illegal to turn a vehicle into a three-dimensional mirror, that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea1.

Driving near a reflective Cybertruck could potentially be hazardous. The base model Cybertruck, as ostentatious as it is right off the factory floor, isn’t capable of reflecting the sun directly into other drivers’ eyes1However, a polished Cybertruck could potentially obscure where the road ends and the vehicle begins1.

Garvin tested his Cybertruck’s reflectiveness by having his wife drive behind him in their other vehicle. She reportedly didn’t have much of an issue, other than the fact that “all she could see was the ground’s reflection”1.

The Future of Mirror Cybertrucks

Despite the potential safety concerns, the mirror Cybertruck has been a successful marketing tactic1More eye-straining Cybertrucks are likely on the way1However, it remains to be seen how this trend will evolve and what impact it will have on road safety and Tesla’s resell policies

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