It looks like we don't have much longer to wait to find out if rearview cameras will become the next safety device to become standard on new cars. Ray LaHood and the US Department of Transportation could put this legislation to the vote by the end of the month to require all new vehicles in 2014 to be equipped with cameras in an effort to make cars safer. LaHood delayed this vote back in February.

According to The Detroit News, adding such a camera would cost up to $203 to install on vehicles without an appropriate display screen and up to $88 for cars that already have a useable display. This relatively small cost could help reduce the number of people backed over each year, which accounts for around 300 deaths (including 100 children under the age of five) and injure close to 16,000 people annually.

If passed, backup cameras would join features such as airbags, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems as recently added standard safety equipment.


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      Fixitfixitstop
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd prefer if they'd push for amber rear turn signals before this. That's definitely a safety issue right there.
      Jared Montgomery
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're standard on the 2013 Civic, Accord, etc. It's going to happen regardless. I just hope people remember they need to watch to the right and left of their car as they back up, too.
      autoblogfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      One step closer to self driving cars.
      Robert Dragon
      • 2 Years Ago
      NHTSA...making another mandate helping terrible drivers stay safer. We have rearview monitoring systems called mirrors, they are cheap, already installed on every car, and require no maintenance. Most humans are also equipped with eyes, which can be used to detect danger.
      douglasquaid
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they do this I hope they also start installing high power led reverse lights.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mounting a webcam in the back and wiring it to the console screen shouldn't cost that much. The cameras are pretty low quality. Still, I would like a hack where I could use these cams to record the traffic behind me, just in case I get rear ended.
      md_stew
      • 2 Years Ago
      " Yes we will require you to keep adding weight, while also requiring you to get better gas mileage".
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @md_stew
        Not a problem, just expect your future cars to not only stagnate in performance, but take two steps back... with the icing on the cake being that economy cars run around $18K+.
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those too lazy to use rear view mirrors, will still be too lazy to use rear view cameras or those too distracted... Stop with all this crap NOW.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        Rearview cameras do a lot more than facilitate the lazy.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      kinda like crash regulations adding hundreds and hundreds of pounds plus thousands of dollars to the price tag....How about letting the free market work, I can decide what i need on my own....Thanks big brother
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I can't put a price on my life, or anyone elses. I am fine with the added safety, cost, and weight gain.
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't engineer out stupidity.
        s tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        They're determined to try tho , and to hell with the cost or weight. How much has all the weight of all the mandated safety crap, 5mph bumpers etc affected handling and stopping distances ? How many " failure to stop" accidents are there vs, " backed up over" accidents. Sportiness and fuel efficiency are improved by low weight, but every year they mandate another 10 lbs. as a car guy, that irks me.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gdamn nanny state. Let the market, consumer demand, drive our products. I have been driving 16 years and have not ONCE backed up into anything. I put my right arm on the passenger backrest, turn my head, and look behind me. Its amazing, I know, but my body, head, and eyes all swivel. A true marvel of bio-engineering.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Exactly. I have been driving for 12 years, and the only time I ever did back into anything was when I wasn't paying attention. A backup camera would not have made a difference in any of those situations. It's never happened to me when I was using my mirrors, and or looking out my back window. If there are kids, or pets around, then one should be especially vigilant. Unfortunately, I don't think enough people are, and I don't see how a backup camera will make much of a difference. They'll do more interms of adding to the cost and complexity of cars than they will preventing accidents. People being aware of their surroundings and using common sense would go a lot further.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        When I was 15 years old and had my permit, I was backing out of a parking space at K-mart. This older lady and her husband who had come out of the store right after us, had something in mind. A scam. Their car was about 6-7 cars down, on the opposite side of the aisle. I had started backing up slowly(looked behind me, in mirrors, etc), and felt a thud. My gma and I looked at eachother and dismissed it as the transmission or whatever. Kept backing up and heard a scream. Stopped, got out, old lady on the ground. I quickly jumped in the truck shaking and nervous and pulled forward. Long story short, this woman diliberately ducked down behind our truck to claim she was hit. She would not let the ambulance check her out, and as all of this happened, her husband was putting groceries up in the car. We later found out she had cancer. So basically we were sued for no good reason other than greed. If we would have had this camera, or even the sensors, this would not have happened. And guess what? Even after all the evidence pointed to scam, they won money in court. So I agree this should be standard as not only can it save lives and property, it can prevent fraudulent clams and keep innocent peoples name in goodstanding.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
          No, it still would have happened. In the far east, a common scam is for a person to throw himself onto a stopped car & act like he was hit. That scammer could/would have done the same, and unless the back-up camera is equipped with a recording device, they'd get away with it.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Who are the morons that voted down my post. I hope they die in a mass murder!!
      Jay
      • 2 Years Ago
      $200 isn't a ton especially when you divide it by 3-5 years. Still, it's an odd mandate. It's not going to solve anything. In fact, if you rely solely on your rearview camera, you're actually putting yourself more at risk than simply turning and looking around. You just see whats immediately behind you at around 135 degrees. Nothing to the left or right.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jay
        You can turn your head all you want in today's suv's buy you will never see a small kid that's 3 feet behind you. .. they are not useless and the rear window lets you see less than 100 degrees and seven less that 80 for some
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