NHTSA Proposes Legislation Requiring Backup Cameras on All Light Vehicles
March 31, 2014 5:00 PM
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This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans
It's official: all new light vehicles will be required to have
by May 2018.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (
), 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
. 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.
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Critical error in reasoning, as usual
4/1/2014 10:33:19 AM
Not every fatality involving a vehicle in reverse would have been prevented with the use of a backup camera.
1. You have cases where people simply arent paying atention. Give them all the cameras in the world and there will still be people not paying attention.
2. You have cases where a pedestrian enters the path of the reversing vehicle, and are simply hit before the driver can react. This will still happen. Again it comes down to people not paying attention.
3. You have cases where the pedestrian is out of the view of the camera. For example, they could be under the rear bumper. When this inevitably happens, will there be a mandate for undercarriage cameras?
This is about as big a waste of money as you can get. It might save a dozen lives a year. Let the market address this issue. There are already bluetooth cameras that tether to a smartphone. In 5 more eyars, everyone will be able to get one of these cameras for $20, and it will have a buttery smooth app to display the imagery. There is no need to force yet another massive malinvestment in the vehicle's outrageously overpriced center console.
RE: Critical error in reasoning, as usual
4/1/2014 1:06:03 PM
1) No one claimed it would prevent all such injuries. But it will certainly prevent many, if not most of them.
2) This is cheap. As I have pointed out, aftermarket solutions start at about $50. Integrated factory systems would cost a fraction of that.
3) These systems are beneficial for more than just injury prevention.
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