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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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RE: Another stupid law
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/1/2014 10:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
Side view mirrors are required by the NHTSA.

Tesla has wanted to ditch them since the roadster, but have been consistently denied, but it seems like they have some allies now (GM, Ford, Toyota) that all want to do this.

You'd be surprised how much effort goes into the aerodynamics of those mirrors, just to reduce wind noise.

RE: Another stupid law
By FITCamaro on 4/1/2014 12:21:52 PM , Rating: 1
Well I'm ok with getting rid of them but honestly I'd still want them on my car since otherwise how do you easily see what is coming up alongside you but that is out of your view. I'd be willing to pay for the option though.

They probably want to get rid of them for the reasons you stated and because those mirrors add a lot of extra drag on cars that the government is telling them have to meet an efficiency target. I remember reading that part of the reason for the design of my car's headlights (2013 Nissan Altima) is because they added a little to reduce the wind resistance of the side view mirrors. The headlight helps push the air out of the way for the mirror coming.

RE: Another stupid law
By toffty on 4/1/2014 12:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
There's something called a 'camera'. These can be put on the side of the car instead of mirrors

RE: Another stupid law
By FITCamaro on 4/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Another stupid law
By marvdmartian on 4/2/2014 2:14:28 PM , Rating: 3
Seems my idea may be instituted, if the car manufacturers get their way:

As far as a narrow field of view, or blind spots (as someone tried to make the point about), they DO make wide angle lenses for cameras too, so that shouldn't be much of an issue.

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