New Transportation Department Safety Rules to Improve Rear Visibility

News | December 6th, 2010 by 5
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced their future plans to reduce accidents caused by blind spots. According to a report by Executive Road …

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced their future plans to reduce accidents caused by blind spots. According to a report by Executive Road Warrior, the new regulation will require all passenger cars to be equipped with rear-view video cameras.

The rule, which is in the proposal stages, comes from a Congressional mandate in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, named after a two-year-old child who was killed when his father accidentally backed over him at the family’s home.

Many of the high-end and premium vehicles have already taken advantage of the rear-end camera technology by incorporating a small camera usually above the license plate. The live feed then gets displayed on the navigation LCD screen inside the car.  The rear-end cameras cones in handy when backing up or parking a vehicle.

New Transportation Department Safety Rules to Improve Rear Visibility

BMW, along with other premium automakers, already offers an optional equipment that provides 360 degrees angles.

If the rule makes through the Congress, it will go in effect only after September 2012. It will expand the required field-of-view for all cars, pickup trucks, minivans, and buses.

“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the agency’s statement announcing the new rules, which could cost automakers as much as $2.7 billion.

New Transportation Department Safety Rules to Improve Rear Visibility

[Source: Executive Road Warrior ]

  • Woo Hoo

    This feature will get cheaper since it will no longer be an exclusive option.

  • http://www.volvomarin.com/ San Francisco Volvo

    For me personally, the only way that a rear view camera will benefit me is mainly for parallel parking in order to determine how much space there is left before I hit the car. There’s no kids in my driveway nor will there ever be.

    I think it’s a bit odd however to require ALL cars to have this feature since not all of us ever plan or having children and some of us live in an area which don’t have kids playing outside! The accident that happened was a tragedy but not all of us are going to have kids, so why impose it on ALL drivers when only some of us will need it (for the protection of the kids)?

    • robert

      San Fran Volvo, you’re dumb ass! The kid or any other pedestrian, can be anywhere else, not necessarily on your stupid driveway! Unless, you never leave the drive way…Grow up retard! Needless to explain the benefits of such system to someone like you. Hope there are few out there seeing things the way you do.

  • audrey

    it might be that one [family/holiday] weekend when you have relatives over, and you kill their kids. cool.

  • Maficio

    Robert.. Why so hard on volvo guy?
    San Fran Volvo just wants the guvmint out of his life.. damn the consequences.. after all when airbags were first mandated, some cried foul/enough with government intervention in the private sector.. Can you imagine buying a car now with no airbags or thousands of life saved with airbags since..

    It is very hard for some to see the future but the future is bright. picture a car made in 1980s and one made in 2010.. imagine how much safer the car has gotten over the years through technology, research and yes guvmint mandates.. the camera technology will get cheaper once all cars have it.. win win IMHO..

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