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    Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    The federal government is getting ready to mandate that all new cars have rear-view cameras by 2014. Back-over crashes are responsible for 300 fatalities and 18,000 injuries per year...44% of which are children and 33% of which are the elderly.

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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The federal government is getting ready to mandate that all new cars have rear-view cameras by 2014. Back-over crashes are responsible for 300 fatalities and 18,000 injuries per year...44% of which are children and 33% of which are the elderly.

    Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory - latimes.com
    I heard about this. It's a great idea. It is not possible to see an object directly behind most vehicles.

    I backed my truck out of the garage, wondering why it was making such a strange noise all of a sudden. When I looked, it was because the garbage can had been left behind it, and was dragging along. That was only a garbage can, no big deal, not a child.

    Another thing we need on cars is front brake lights. When you're in an intersection waiting to make a left, and the light turns yellow, is that oncoming driver going to try to beat the light, or stop? Brake lights would tell you. If you're waiting to make a right at a stop, and the oncoming driver in the right lane has his blinker on, is he really going to turn? If his brakes aren't on, he probably doesn't know the turn signal is on. That would be such a simple thing, I wonder why no one has thought of it?
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    And then a whole new round of bitching about costs going up will commence.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The federal government is getting ready to mandate that all new cars have rear-view cameras by 2014. Back-over crashes are responsible for 300 fatalities and 18,000 injuries per year...44% of which are children and 33% of which are the elderly.

    Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory - latimes.com
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    And then a whole new round of bitching about costs going up will commence.
    Virtually all new cars are going to have a HUD of some sort and the parts that go into this kind of system are not expensive by any measure. I fail to see why this would add on more than a pittance to the cost of a new vehicle.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    As a driver, it doesn't work for me. I can't change my focus fast enough back and forth to focus on the screen for the camera then back to reality.

    For example the GMC Acadia has the rear view screen on the left side of the rear view mirror. It is like 1.5 inches square and a very small image. I couldn't make out anything that was on the screen.

    I think cars, generally speaking, move forward much more than in reverse to require ALL cars to have them.

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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    More pointless regulation. Watch what you are doing people.

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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    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.

    Additionally, a lot of car manufacturers were going this way regardless. Toyota and Ford certainly were.

    My guess this was just a way for the Democratic wing of the corporate party to lessen the fallout.

    I did a little digging and came up with the proposal itself, which you can find here.

    Of notice is that they're not going to put it forward until 60 days after it's entered into the Federal Register. You can give feedback on the proposal here

    The timeframe for implementation, if the proposal is accepted goes like this:

    • 0% of the vehicles manufactured before September 1, 2012;
    • 10% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2012, and before
    September 1, 2013; 12
    • 40% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2013, and before
    September 1, 2014; and
    • 100% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2014.


    Quote Originally Posted by NHTSA Proposal
    The incremental cost of such a system is
    estimated to be $58 - $88, depending on the angular width of the lens. (We note that the cost
    may well decrease over time)
    Comparisons with the success of other auto-safety programs can be shown below:


    Thanks, I hope this helps.

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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.

    Additionally, a lot of car manufacturers were going this way regardless. Toyota and Ford certainly were.

    My guess this was just a way for the Democratic wing of the corporate party to lessen the fallout.

    I did a little digging and came up with the proposal itself, which you can find here.

    Of notice is that they're not going to put it forward until 60 days after it's entered into the Federal Register. You can give feedback on the proposal here

    The timeframe for implementation, if the proposal is accepted goes like this:

    • 0% of the vehicles manufactured before September 1, 2012;
    • 10% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2012, and before
    September 1, 2013; 12
    • 40% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2013, and before
    September 1, 2014; and
    • 100% of the vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2014.




    Comparisons with the success of other auto-safety programs can be shown below:


    Thanks, I hope this helps.
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    Re: Rear-view cameras on cars could become mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    As a driver, it doesn't work for me. I can't change my focus fast enough back and forth to focus on the screen for the camera then back to reality.

    For example the GMC Acadia has the rear view screen on the left side of the rear view mirror. It is like 1.5 inches square and a very small image. I couldn't make out anything that was on the screen.

    I think cars, generally speaking, move forward much more than in reverse to require ALL cars to have them.
    My rearview camera is part of my GPS sysem, so it displays on a 6" screen. It's actually very handy. Especially in parking lots for one last look to make sure the guy directly behind you isn't backing out of his parking space at the same time you are. Mine also gives a full 180 view....so I can sneak my car out of a parking space and take a peak at what's coming -- something THAT STOOOPID SUV PARKED NEXT TO ME PREVENTS ME FROM DOING!!!!!!!
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