Backup Camera Regulation Expected to be Completed Dec 31
December 14, 2012 8:06 AM
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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.
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.
The Detroit News
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RE: While Trying to Save Lives, U.S. Goes Broke
12/14/2012 1:09:56 PM
So at $50, that's only $2.5million per life - if EVERY person is saved. Is there proof that people will be saved? What %? 10%? 50%? 99%? What if people use backup cameras as a crutch, and it results in more people dying from lazy drivers?
The ESC (electronic stability control) mandate that went in this year I highly agreed with - as the statistics were very convincing that lives would be saved. I am currently less convinced of the need for a backup camera "mandate".
RE: While Trying to Save Lives, U.S. Goes Broke
12/17/2012 10:32:13 AM
While saving lives seems to be the most advertised benefit, I think there would also be a reduction in insurance claims as a result of this. My understanding is that most accidents don't involve pedestrians.
You would calculate that it costs us $2.5 million per life saved (in a world that this works perfectly in), but there are other economic benefits to this. Fewer impacts with inanimate objects when backing up (a MUCH more common occurrence) will probably save a significant chunk of that overall cost, if not cover it completely.
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