Backup Cameras May Become Standard Safety Feature in 2015

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    22-Nov-2014
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The Obama administration is reviewing a revised rule that requires automakers to improve rear-view visibility with a backup camera on all new cars and light trucks.

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  • 1. Backup Cameras May Become Standard Safety Feature in 2015
  • 2. The Obama administration is reviewing a revised rule that requires automakers to improve rear-view visibility with a backup camera on all new cars and light trucks. The administration plans to release the final rule by January 2015. Could this lower the cost of car insurance for vehicles equipped with backup cameras?
  • 3. The proposal would expand the required field of view for all passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, buses and low- speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 10,000 pounds so that drivers can see directly behind the vehicle when the vehicles transmission is in reverse.
  • 4. The standards may also allow automakers to comply by making less costly changes using additional mirrors, sensors, or other technology to expand the drivers field of view.
  • 5. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year there are: An average of 292 fatalities 18,000 injuries Approximately 44% of fatalities involving light vehicles with children under five 33% of fatalities involving light vehicles with elderly people 70 years of age or older
  • 6. Vehicles such as crossovers, minivans, and trucks are likely to have more limited rear visibility than cars they have usually been the first vehicles to have the cameras installed.
  • 7. The projected cost to add backup cameras to new cars has been estimated between $58 and $203 per vehicle. The Department of Transportation has estimated that the rule it proposed back in 2010 would prevent 95 to 112 deaths and 7,072 to 8,374 injuries each year when it is implemented.