IIHS Says Rearview Cameras Alone More Effective than Cameras/Sensors Combined
March 18, 2014 10:06 AM
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Cameras alone are more effective than cameras and parking sensors says survey
Rear view cameras are becoming a standard accessory on many cars sold in the U.S. The cameras have been mandated to prevent accidents where
small children are backed over by inattentive drivers
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed a study -- using volunteers driving 21 different vehicles in an empty parking lot -- that found backup cameras are much more effective than parking sensors while travelling in reverse.
The results of the study show that cameras would better prevent “backover” crashes into pedestrians who are in the vehicle blind spot than parking sensors alone. Oddly, the study found that while cameras worked better than sensors alone, the camera alone worked better than a combination of sensors and camera.
"Right now cameras appear to be the most promising technology for addressing this particularly tragic type of crash, which frequently claims the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes," says David Zuby, the Institute's executive vice president and chief research officer.
During testing, researchers used a pole that had bands painted to represent children of different heights. Bands were market for the average height of children 12-15 months old, 2.5-3 years old, and 5-6 years old.
The study found that on average if the child was within about 27-feet of the back bumper, drivers couldn't see them using mirrors and looking around alone. Not surprisingly, large SUVs performed the worst in visibility, while small cars typically performed the best.
An estimated 292 people die each year and 18,000 are injured by drivers that back into them. Backup cameras reduce the rear blind zone by 90% on average according to the study.
Current legislation that would mandate the installation of backup cameras on all new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S.
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RE: Surprised at the results
3/18/2014 5:26:24 PM
I don't get into accidents, why should I pay for a passenger airbag?
My house has never caught fire - why should I pay for a fire department for the lazy irresponsible idiots who DO light their houses on fire?!
I've never threatened another country - why should I pay for a military because we we have warmongers around me?
I rarely get sick, why should I pay for insurance to subsidize those that waste our healthcare going to the doctor all the time?
Because, once in a while, it's good to think about more than just yourself... And because some people are greedy self-centered assholes, we must mandate these things.
I would rather insist that someone HAVE something than insist that they be DISALLOWED from having something. And, hey, it's pro-business requiring you to get certain things!
If you don't like it, don't buy a new car, buy an old one.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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