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Backup cameras now required in new cars sold in the US

May 4, 2018
New cars sold in the U.S. now must have backup cameras to help drivers avoid accidents. A federal regulation that took full effect May 1 requires the rearview cameras and video displays on new models.
Safety advocates say the cameras help prevent accidents in which pedestrians — often children — are run over because a driver can’t see them. 
The rule mandates that all vehicles under 10,000 pounds include a backup camera that can show a 10-foot-by-20-foot zone behind the vehicle, with which most modern backup cameras comply. The agency estimates that its mandate adds about $40 to the price of new vehicles that already include a center display and about $140 to the price of cars that don’t.
The cameras have reached widespread acceptance even without the NHTSA mandate. According to the agency, nearly three-quarters of vehicles had them by early 2018, even without the requirement.
Congress passed a law in 2008 requiring regulators to enact measures requiring the adoption of technology to greatly improve rearview visibility. Backover crashes kill more than 200 people annually and injure more than 12,000.
 
After years of delays, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the camera requirement in 2014, giving automakers several years to prepare. Many higher-end models and mainstream vehicles with extra safety packages already have rearview cameras. But the technology will now be standard in even the cheapest of new cars.
 
"The regulation is a monumental advancement of safety for children, pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users," said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, in a statement.
 
 

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