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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    It's not JUST about fatalities, it's about injuries and property damage as well as insurance costs and repairs that come from accidents that these cameras could help prevent.

    Look at it from a consumer standpoint; I may have to pay even an extra $200 for the system, but I save that when I avoid backing into someone else's bumper and having to pay for their repairs and my insurance premiums go up. That sounds like a good deal for me.
    I drive many types of vehicles, new and old.

    I can honestly say I do not back into other cars or anything else.

    I doubt many people do.

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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    It's not JUST about fatalities, it's about injuries and property damage as well as insurance costs and repairs that come from accidents that these cameras could help prevent.

    Look at it from a consumer standpoint; I may have to pay even an extra $200 for the system, but I save that when I avoid backing into someone else's bumper and having to pay for their repairs and my insurance premiums go up. That sounds like a good deal for me.
    Or, you can just be careful.

    What's probably WORSE is people becoming overly dependent on these things and forgetting how to use mirrors and look over your shoulder. My guess? Problems may well increase.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    It's not JUST about fatalities, it's about injuries and property damage as well as insurance costs and repairs that come from accidents that these cameras could help prevent.

    Look at it from a consumer standpoint; I may have to pay even an extra $200 for the system, but I save that when I avoid backing into someone else's bumper and having to pay for their repairs and my insurance premiums go up. That sounds like a good deal for me.
    If it sounds like a good deal to you, you can buy a car with that feature. No need for the government to mandate it
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    It's not JUST about fatalities, it's about injuries and property damage as well as insurance costs and repairs that come from accidents that these cameras could help prevent.

    Look at it from a consumer standpoint; I may have to pay even an extra $200 for the system, but I save that when I avoid backing into someone else's bumper and having to pay for their repairs and my insurance premiums go up. That sounds like a good deal for me.
    Good point; you've clearly done a complex cost-effectiveness analysis here, so I'll defer to your expertise and judgment.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Because these systems have a statistical track record of doing exactly that. And because it's not a simple matter of people not "checking behind the vehicle." A child is small; sometimes there is no way the driver can see them.



    As soon as that is technologically and economically feasible, I'm sure we will do exactly that. And I would 100% support it.



    Well I don't know when you grew up, but cars are far safer today than they ever have been before. Far more people per capita died in automobile accidents in previous decades. And personally I see that reduction as a good thing, not a reason to return to the "good old days" of high traffic fatality rates.
    Young children have always been small
    yes cars are safer today
    born in the 50's.
    So what has changed from the 50/60's to now if we are having more kids runned over when people are backing? The topic is not about all traffic deaths, but backing accidents and mandating new techology to reduce running over kids. My point is the rear camera is ok, However, if people would pay attention, take care of their kids, we would not have these sad accidental deaths. Yes,more people live in city type environments. All the more reason to be aware of your surroundings. Heck, get out of the vehicle and make sure you know where the kids are or everything is clear before moving the vehicle.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    i'm sure the auto industry loves this idea. more money in their pockets. useful? is it worth the cost?

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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    Having the buy cameras for each new car means they can buy them in bulk. This will naturally lower prices. The camera doesn't have to be particularly high resolution so relative to the cost of a car it'll be entirely insignificant.
    No it doesn't lower prices...increased demand = increased cost. Buying in bulk does not gaurantee lower prices either. That's just a scam started by big box club stores to justify forcing patrons into buying more volume when they don't need to. The car manufactures would be required to buy more.

    Additionally, a lot of car manufacturers were going this way regardless. Toyota and Ford certainly were.
    Which is exactly why this isn't needed. If the market place is taking care of the perceived problem, why give up a freedom?

    My guess this was just a way for the Democratic wing of the corporate party to lessen the fallout.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    My Dad's Suburban has the rear view camera. It is too grainy to see well and is located low on the console so it is very unnatural to use and even if you do look at it, you still can't really tell what you are looking at.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Young children have always been small
    yes cars are safer today
    born in the 50's.
    So what has changed from the 50/60's to now if we are having more kids runned over when people are backing? The topic is not about all traffic deaths, but backing accidents and mandating new techology to reduce running over kids. My point is the rear camera is ok, However, if people would pay attention, take care of their kids, we would not have these sad accidental deaths. Yes,more people live in city type environments. All the more reason to be aware of your surroundings. Heck, get out of the vehicle and make sure you know where the kids are or everything is clear before moving the vehicle.
    Increasing popularity of SUVs, which are vehicles with larger blindspots.
    You're asking children to "be more aware of their surroundings" too, you know. Kids do dumbass stuff like chase after a ball or suddenly decide they're a snake and lie down on the sidewalk. No, we can't "just be careful." Nobody is always careful. It's impossible, we're human beings.

    I can get one of these cameras for like a hundred bucks at Best Buy. Installed. Manufacturers buying them in bulk will add maybe 50 bucks to the price of the car. Those manufacturers who don't already do this standard anyway.

    It's a reasonable precaution and is inexpensive. Are you up in arms about your airbag and seatbelts also?
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    Ya know I never thought that I would hear myself say this, especially considering how much I love technology but....I'm starting to think that people are relying on technology WAY too much. If something does happen to screw up the world and sends us all back to the stone age we're going to be in sorry shape.
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