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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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All cars ! Why ?
By M'n'M on 12/15/2012 8:48:27 AM , Rating: 2
Can someone explain why I need a backup camera on my Mini Cooper ? Anyone remember the 2'nd gen CRX ? I've seen the split "tailgate" window used on other vehicles since then as well.

IIRC the original story had 200 kids killed because the driver was careless and the expectation was only 50% would be saved by this regulation. The added cost was predicted to be btw $60 and $200. No doubt the lower amount for cars with nav systems already installed.

I'd be very interested to read the study and if there were a type of vehicle that predominates in this type of "accident". I'll bet big SUVs when driven by clueless people top the list. Same combo that got us tire pressure warning systems.




RE: All cars ! Why ?
By Jeffk464 on 12/15/2012 11:05:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, cars like the prius, volt, and crx you can pretty much see everything out the rear. But regulations become really complicated when you start putting in a bunch of exceptions.


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