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Backup camera regulations delayed again

The Obama administration announced this week that it is delaying rules that would mandate backup cameras for all new automobiles. The new delays will put off any regulations for backup cameras for another 18 months. The move will undoubtedly upset safety advocates who have been pushing for all new vehicles to come with backup cameras to increase safety.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent letters to Congress yesterday noting that finalized requirements aren't expected until as late as January of 2015. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does plan to encourage automakers to install the cameras anyway before they are mandated to do so.

The recent delay marks the fifth time mandates have been pushed back and is considered a victory for automakers that have fought to prevent the mandate claiming that it's too expensive.

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“It’s not going to get done before I leave. I’m leaving a week from Friday,” LaHood said in a Detroit News interview on Thursday. “This is an expensive rule and we just have to figure out ways to bring down the costs.”

In a letter to Congress, LaHood said, “This rulemaking is important to the department due to its focus on enhancing the safety of our children.”

Initially, the regulations requiring backup cameras were expected to be fully implemented by September 2014. Automotive manufacturers have resisted legislation because it will cost the automotive industry between $1.9 billion and $2.7 billion annually.
Backup cameras are available on many vehicles sold today as an option (some newer models -- like the new Honda CR-V and Accord -- include the feature standard).

Source: Detroit News

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backup cameras are stupid
By chromal on 6/21/2013 10:00:21 AM , Rating: 2
Any educated drive knows they must always face the direct of travel. If you are backing up, you turn your shoulders and neck and look out the rear window. While doing this, there's no way you can look at some screen in the dashboard. If you aren't facing the direction of travel, when you back up, you have a deficit of driving skills and should put it in park, get out, and sell the car.

RE: backup cameras are stupid
By rountad on 6/21/2013 10:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
But then how can I stare at my mandated backup camera view on the front screen?

RE: backup cameras are stupid
By cwolf78 on 6/21/2013 10:35:49 AM , Rating: 2
The company I work for uses Chevy Silverados for fleet vehicles. The display for the rear view camera is in the rear view mirror. IMO that makes far more sense than putting it in the dash as that's one more place you have to look.

RE: backup cameras are stupid
By JediJeb on 6/21/2013 3:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Either place the backup camera screen in the mirror or mount it in the ceiling just behind the driver so you have to turn around to look at the backup camera screen. That way you can be scanning with your eyes and the camera behind you at the same time. If you leave it in the dash, what good does it actually do?

RE: backup cameras are stupid
By Solandri on 6/21/2013 3:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
If you're going to do that, instead of a $500 camera and screen system, just put a $5 fresnel lens on the rear window.

RE: backup cameras are stupid
By djdjohnson on 6/22/2013 4:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
This is why I put the monitor for my backup camera in the rear headliner above the back window.

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