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This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans

It's official: all new light vehicles will be required to have backup cameras by May 2018.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has issued a proposed regulation Monday that will require all vehicles with a gross weight rating up to 10,000 pounds to have the backup cameras. This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. 
The backup cameras are a result of feedback from consumer groups and families who have or have been affected by a vehicle backing over a child or loved one. Some parents have accidentally backed out of their garage, for example, and did not see their child playing behind the car before doing so. They have called for enhanced auto technology that can allow drivers a clearer view behind the vehicles. 
The backup cameras being pushed by the NHTSA will give drivers the ability to see a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. 
"We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents—our children and seniors," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."
NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 deaths will be prevented annually once the entire road vehicle fleet has the rear-view systems -- which will likely be by about 2054.

The conversation about backup cameras has been ongoing since 2007 when Congress passed a law that ordered the Transportation Department to have a rule regarding backup cameras on light cars and trucks in place by 2011. The original goal was for all light vehicles to be equipped with them by the 2014 model year, but this has been delayed by many public comment periods and other delays.

The legislation would begin phasing backup cameras into 10 percent of vehicles after May 1, 2016 models, 40 percent a year later and 100 percent in May 2018.

In further efforts to prevent annual auto-related deaths, the NHTSA decided in February to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks. The DOT and NHTSA have not yet set forth an exact date for when vehicles will be required to implement V2V technology.  

Source: NHTSA

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By Murloc on 3/31/2014 6:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
if it was low-cost, I'd be behind this.
But this basically kills low-cost cars completely. Unless the mark-up on these accessories is currently crazy which is also a possibility.
Americans will be the guinea pig for the world.

RE: pricey
By AdamAnon on 3/31/2014 7:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Most phones have two cameras, including one high quality HD camera. I don't remember anyone complaining about the cost.

RE: pricey
By Solandri on 3/31/2014 7:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
The display is the pricey part. Not an issue if your car has a navigation or infotainment display, but most still don't.

I still don't get why backup cameras are the preferred solution to this problem. A simple fresnel lens is considerably cheaper, cannot be blocked by a tiny bit of mud or snow, does not reduce your situational awareness by requiring you to look in the opposite direction you're moving, and is visible both through the rearview mirror and when you turn your head around.

RE: pricey
By Reflex on 3/31/2014 10:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
You do not need an infotainment display. Most of the aftermarket solutions implement it in the rearview mirror or a clip on dash mounted screen. The entire cost of an aftermarket back up camera system is $50-100. A integrated mass produced solution is going to be significantly cheaper than that(less than half the price most likely).

For example:

Its not expensive to implement. It wouldn't shock me if its no more than $25 on the sticker price. Well worth the lives saved.

RE: pricey
By KITH on 4/2/2014 6:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
If it is so cheap and easy to implement why does it need to be mandated?

The cost of the hardware might be quite low but the installation costs can be high.

This adds to the design costs to integrate in each vehicle model.

RE: pricey
By Reflex on 3/31/2014 10:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
As pointed out this is already standard in much of Asia. And no, they are not expensive to implement and yes the current markup is crazy.

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