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Rearview cameras could become standard equipment by 2014, if a new proposal by the Department of Transportation makes its way into law.

The DOT is expected to require that all vehicles make available to drivers, an unobstructed 180-degree rear view of their car's surroundings when the car is in reverse gear. Given the hard points of today's vehicles, the rule would essentially require standard rearview cameras like those embedded in rearview mirrors (above) or those that display inside a navigation unit screen.

The DOT's vehicle-safety agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), says that nearly 300 people die each year as a result of back-up accidents. The NHTSA also attributes 18,000 injuries to the scenario, pointing out that children and elderly pedestrians are in the highest-risk group for back-up accidents.

Underscoring the move, Consumer Reports today issued a report from its test of blind-spot zones on vehicles. By placing a toddler-height cone behind different vehicles, at different distances behind the vehicle, the publication found that blind spots on SUVs are particularly troubling, while those of small sportscars are better for preventing back-up accidents. The video below illustrates CR's study.

The NHTSA and DOT will likely phase in their new rules beginning in 2012, with all new vehicles sold after September 2014 held to the new standard-camera requirement.

[CBSNews, Consumerist]

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Comments (6)
  1. So what will it cost? An extra 500 bucks for something that will probably break in 5 years or less? What a waste.
     
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  2. For good or ill, intrusive government tells what is good for us, what we must buy, deprives us of free choice.
     
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  3. Back Up cameras have saved me several times from backing into unsafe conditions. so i feel they should make the law, along with blind spot indication and cross detect. if you mass market something its usually cheaper then if your only selling a select few. just sayin, im all for this.
     
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  4. It would be useful if the NHTSA shared the data on the 300 people killed (ie what percentage were victims of SUVs) and the mathematics on how it 'attributes' 18,000 injuries to the scenario.
    To me it smacks of all drivers being made to pay the price of the design flaws intrinsic to SUVs.
     
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  5. First design the vehicle so the driver can see out of it. Civilians do not need armored up vehicles and put useful sized windows in vehicles again. If your afraid to be seen on the road while driving take public transportation or get a chauffeur. Get rid of dark glass so pedestrians know if your are even looking at them or the car has a driver that's about to run over them.
    It's about time the manufactures quit lying, the marketing department, "this is what the people want."- baloney- It's what the manufactures can quickly sell and make big profits. People only think they know what they need,-keeping up with the Jones has created this nightmare and legislating will never work. I think air bags ,seat belts,high belt lines, dark glass is part of what 'giving drivers this false sense of security-- OH I'm safe in the big SUV I can drive fast, run red lights and drive fast on snowy roads cause I have 4w drive and stability control. I could careless about everyone else, I'm safe, get out of the my way. This what's been created by manufactures who know exactly the vehicle to build so everyone will share the roads safety and afford-ably.
    AND public transportation, let's face it, there are way too many vehicles! Legislation HA! All that does is make the public stupid IE lost of common sense!
     
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  6. Think about this: Probably the majority of those injured or killed by careless are related to the driver. Aside from that, consider the total cost of universal application of rear vision systems (billions) and divide that by the number of persons who would have been killed or seriously injured.
    How much is your toddler worth to you? Big bucks if you run over a neighbors kid!
     
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