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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 BreezeDM on 4/1/2014 11:41:44 AM , Rating: 2
To potentially save 60 lives we are adding something that costs $300-$500 more to vehicles. If we sell around 8 million cars in the United States per year it will cost us 2.4 billion to 4 billion for the potential to save these lives. That's 50-66 million per person. This is also assuming the camera will save lives, but the view is worse in same cases for the cameras. For example, you can't see someone approaching your car if you are just looking at the camera. Even when assuming that it is 100% effective it is a stupid idea. Someone at the NHTSA must have stock in companies that manufacture these systems. I know we don't like to put a price on a life, but it is definitely less than 50 million.

RE: Cost
By boeush on 4/1/2014 12:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
For every dead pedestrian, there are usually at least 10 severely injured or permanently crippled ones. I guess they don't count in you new math... Also 300 dollars for a low res camera hooked up to a display that's typically already included in the price? I can buy a pretty decent point and shoot with a nice display, good lens, and much better sensor for significantly less. Let's focus less on limited quantity aftermarket products and/or ripoffs, and more on realistic costs of mass-produced factory-installed standard parts...

RE: Cost
By BreezeDM on 4/1/2014 3:19:30 PM , Rating: 2
Alright 5 million is still too much. A camera that lasts longer than the electronic warranty, integrated into the dash, not screwed onto the license plate, weather proof, and can survive tons of vibration. Put that $300 camera at the end of your bumper and see how long it lasts.

RE: Cost
By Reflex on 4/1/2014 1:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
Cost is around $50 for an after market solution. For an integrated mass produced solution it will be a fraction of that price. This is a very cheap safety item.

RE: Cost
By BreezeDM on 4/1/2014 3:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
you could not get a screen for that price. Let alone the cost of something that is integrated into the dash and has automotive level of reliability. We can just duct tape a cheap screen or camera into a car. But they need to add something that doesn't look awful and lasts longer than the warranty. Something similar is GPS. you can buy one for $50 bucks but replacing it costs $500 to $1400 for the part that's integrated into the dash.

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