US Will Require Back-Up Cameras In Cars By 2018

Posted by: Julie Piatek

Cars today usually have back-up cameras as either standard or optional equipment, but that will soon be changing.

A new rule was recently passed by the US Department of Transportation that will now require that rear-view cameras are built in all cars from May 1, 2018 and on. The rule applies to all road-legal vehicles that are less than 10,000 pounds.

The Nation Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) has been considering this change for many years.  The NHTSA reports an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries cause by back-up accidents every year.

"Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," NHTSA’s acting administrator David Friedman said in a statement.

The back-up camera will have to show a field of vision that is at least 10 feet wide and directly behind the vehicle, and also must go be going back a minimum of 20 feet.   NHTSA is not requiring a specific screen size, because the image size will vary depending on where the display is mounted on the dashboard. The image is ordered to remain on the screen for at least 4 seconds, but no more than 8 seconds.

The NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 lives will be saved each year once the entire on-road vehicles have rear-view systems. 



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