It’s been quite some time since the U.S. Congress requested the Transportation Department to implement a new road safety standard, in the shape of rear – visibility cameras for all vehicles, but even if the NHTSA took notice of this demand, things didn’t move as fast as planned. Although all these directions were issued sometime back in 2008 and, by 2011, they were supposed to have become fully functional, it’s 2014 and the safety standards are not yet implemented. But on Monday, the United States Government made it clear to everybody that the new safety standards are not an issue to postpone anymore, therefore, we have to expect the introduction of backup cameras for all new U.S. cars starting with 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it clear that the rear cameras will become a part of all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, buses and trucks included.
Why is this measure necessary? According to the authorities,
there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by back-over accidents. Children under 5 and adults 70 and older account for more than half of all back-over fatalities each year.
These safety measures, that are assumed to be able to save around 60 – 70 lives per year, are not the newest thing in the industry of car manufacturing. By public request, major companies in the auto – motive industry are already installing such rear-view cameras on the new models available in the U.S.
How will these cameras work and what are their major benefits?
According to the authorities, these camera must be (and will be) able to give the driver a rear – view within a field of 10-by-20-feet directly behind the vehicle. While there are few insights regarding the full specs of these rear – view cameras, they will have to meet the authorities’ guidelines and regulations. We still have four years to learn about the efficiency of these cameras, but they have been welcomed in cheers. The price of the new cars equipped with backup cameras for all new U.S. cars starting with 2018 may take out of your pockets around $132 and $142.