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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12/15/2012 10:57:13 AM
How is this really adding that much to the cost of a new car. I bought a 22" 1080p computer lcd display for $130, so how much is a lower def 7" display really going to cost. The screen will also be used for everything else from stereo features, to hands free phone control, to navigation. The fact is these displays are pretty much becoming standard in every car anyways. This type of thing is much cheaper and less complicated than the other safety stuff in your car like ABS, air bags, and stability control.
12/15/2012 11:03:42 AM
I just installed a new kenwood in my 2005 Tacoma so that I can have the new features from bluetooth audio, pandora, hands free calling, HD radio, and with the bluetooth audio it plays the turn by turn directions from my android phone through the stereo. Anyways if I had really thought about it I should have bought a unit that has a backup cam. By the way all this stuff is really cheap when you aren't being gouged by the auto companies, I got all these features for $180.
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