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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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RE: Good
By Nutzo on 6/21/2013 10:55:30 AM , Rating: 3
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Using a back up camera is like trying to drive with tunnel vision


Exactly.
My new car has a backup camera, and if I only depended on the backup camera (as opposed to looking out the back window) I would likely have been in several accidents by now.

What actually works better from a safty point are sensors that let you know when something's behind you. A simple audio beep letting you know you need to stop results in a much faster reaction time than depending on someone to see something on a little screen.

Of course even better is a system that will automatically apply the brakes if the sensors detect that you are going to hit something, which would reduce the reaction time to almost zero.


RE: Good
By BRB29 on 6/21/2013 11:17:31 AM , Rating: 2
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Of course even better is a system that will automatically apply the brakes if the sensors detect that you are going to hit something, which would reduce the reaction time to almost zero.


This is already in a lot of new cars and it's a good idea.

I really don't see why these bad drivers that ran over their kids wants to make a law that only benefits them. Oh wait, I forgot how selfish and egocentric people are. I ran over my kids but I'm not a bad driver. It's the car's fault for not having a rear camera even though it didn't have it for 80+ years.


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