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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RE: Another stupid law
4/1/2014 9:40:29 PM
So… let me see if I’ve got this right… you admittedly lack the intellectual competence to drive a car that doesn’t practically take care of all the driver attentiveness requirements of driving said car for you, nor do you posses the brainpower to.. do basic maintenance on your vehicle without some light or siren going off notifying you to do so (or have someone else take care of it for you). That about right? So when I, someone who’s basically Joe Average, but who can do what from your view point is not humanly possible doesn’t like having more and more safety and stupid prevention devices forced upon me and dare protest this insanity; you’re going to argue with me when you’ve spent all this time trying to paint yourself as the intellectual light-weight of the two of us? That’s just brilliant how?
If you don’t possess the brainpower to back a car down your driveway without a camera painting where you’re car will be if you keep going, stop driving, find a job that lets you work out of your house. Please. STAY OFF THE ROAD.
This equipment should be OPTIONAL, if you WANT it, you should be able to purchase a vehicle with all this stuff installed, if you don’t want it, you shouldn’t have it forced upon you because some politician or government agency wants to look like they are doing something to justify their “job”.
Or, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt here and just ask you to stop being a troll.. and a bad one at that. One which I should probably stop feeding.
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