The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 183 people are killed and 6,700 to 7,419 are injured each year in back over accidents. By May 2018, all new vehicles over 10,000 lbs will be equipped with rearview camera technology.
By now we have all seen rearview cameras in modern cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Have you ever wondered if having a rearview camera is more helpful or safer than using mirrors and/or rear parking sensors. Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted a study and found that rearview cameras are better at preventing collisions while in reverse. Approximately 100 volunteers were asked to operate a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and evaluate its information systems. Volunteers were not told the purpose of the study (effectiveness of rearview cameras). The study’s participants were then told to back out of a parking space while a ‘dummy’ (a.k.a foam cutout of a child size crash test dummy) was placed in the path of the driver’s side. The study results showed that drivers using no camera had the most accidents. When using a stationary ‘dummy’, 100% of the volunteer drivers hit the ‘dummy’. Only 56% of the volunteer drivers using the rearview camera technology struck the ‘dummy’; a dramatic improvement. The volunteers using parking sensors only struck the ‘dummy’ 75% of the time.
Given the NHTSA statistics and the IIHS study, if every vehicle were required to have rearview camera technology, could we conclude that nearly half of the deaths and injuries caused by a motor vehicle in reverse would be avoided? I think so, given that the rule was implemented and sufficient time were to pass, so as to increase the number of vehicles on the roads that have the technology.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring rearview camera technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 lbs by 2018. This new rule will apply to busses, trucks, cars, etc. manufactured on or after May 1, 2018.
I like the idea, but I’m not sold on whether the cost of the rearview camera will be accepted by all consumers in all makes and models.
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