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The rearview camera mandate would make it so every vehicle would have a backup camera for seeing behind the vehicle when in reverse

After many delays, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is ready to begin finalizing regulation for rearview cameras in all vehicles.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said he is meeting with White House officials to finalize the regulations by December 31.

We have a meeting with the White House about this in the next few days so I hope that they see the importance of this the way we do," LaHood said.

The rearview camera mandate would make it so every vehicle would have a backup camera for seeing behind the vehicle when in reverse. The idea was triggered by the 300 deaths and 16,000 injuries annually caused by a driver's inability to see behind their vehicle when backing up.

Many of the injuries and death affect young children and senior citizens.

The rearview camera regulations date back to 2007, when Congress initially approved legislation to set these standards by February 28, 2011. This date was delayed to February of this year, and again to December 31.

While DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are both behind the making of these new standards, others, namely automakers, have worried that the cost of installing these cameras on each vehicle would drive the price up too high.

However, over time, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has met with White House officials to discuss costs in the past in order to make it work.

Just last week, the White House finished its review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposal to mandate event data recorders (EDR) in all new vehicles. EDRs, also known as "black boxes," collect driver data such as speed, use of a seatbelt, whether brakes were applied, etc. before and after a vehicle crash. The idea behind them is to deploy better safety measures for vehicles as well as better overall vehicle design.

Source: The Detroit News

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By theapparition on 12/14/2012 10:43:23 AM , Rating: 3
Not to be harsh but --- It's all about the drivers INABILITY to control and see his way when backing up!

This is the part of life when not everything is so clear cut black and white answer. Alas, we live in a world of greys.

I could easily place something behind your car that you can't see, despite using both side view mirrors and your rear view mirror. There are already many blind spots, and some vehicles are worse than others. And despite how careful you think you are, and what a conscientious and great driver you are, you can always miss something.

I view the backup camera as a tool for information. The more tools you have, the better. How can anyone who's rational argue against this?

Do we really live in a time of FEAR, when all we're concerned with is "what if someone only uses the backup camera". That shouldn't be a consideration. What should be, is the consumer gets all the tools necessary to help them make the best decisions. I can't guarantee that everyone will make the best decision, but it won't be because they don't have the best available info.

I think it's a good thing to have backup cameras, proximity sensors, rear view mirrors, etc. Most car models are being designed with them either as standard equipment, or as optional upgrades already. Just not a big deal.

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