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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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Shameful
By corduroygt on 4/1/2014 11:48:15 AM , Rating: 2
It's embarrassing that ABS isn't mandatory but this is.
Both should be mandatory, backup cameras are super useful and will pay for themselves due to less insurance claims for backing up into other objects, without even taking into consideration the lives they will save




RE: Shameful
By M'n'M on 4/1/2014 11:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's embarrassing that ABS isn't mandatory but this is.

Actually it is. ABS went into all EU cars in 2007. Stability control (which uses ABS) was phased into US cars btw 2009-2012.

Interestingly the US car insurers were all for ABS, even offering discounts, and pushing for it's mandate until it became common. Then they (supposedly) looked at the data and found ABS wasn't preventing as many accidents (and saving them $$s) as hoped for.

My guess is that the data is correct (but the insurance companies would have fought any reduction in their premiums in any case) because bad drivers are even more stupid than even ABS can make up for.


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