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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. has been delayed.

Source: IIHS

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also in the report...
By alpha754293 on 3/19/2014 9:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
"However, the Hyundai Sonata, a midsize car, was an exception. At 263 square feet, its blind zone for a 12-15 month-old was 42 percent larger than that of the F-150 pickup truck."

The field of vision for today's cars DEFINITELY has been going down since like the 2000's and the 90s. The SUVs are just absolutely terrible. I know that some of the higher-end cars now have 360º view because it's so bad. And honestly, with the technologies that are available today, I think that 360 view should become standard.

It doesn't replace the driver, but like technology-assisted learning though, it is there to help you become a BETTER driver by helping you and giving you a better view of the immediate surroundings of your car that are otherwise obstructed or obscured.

And with more and more electrification across the board (c'mon, even Ferrari and Porsche's doing it), it also means that more and more vehicles are going to be silent or near dead silent at low speeds, which is probably the WORST combination when you add "things you can hit while backing up" into the mix.

So keep that in mind as well.

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