With the ultimate goal of making today’s automobiles safer and safer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently ruled that all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds must have a backup camera starting in 2018 for 2019 model-year vehicles. This new rule is to help enhance the safety of these vehicles by reducing the number of injuries caused by back-over collisions.
“Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. “We’re already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today.”
All vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, that are produced on or after May 1, 2018 are required to come equipped with a backup camera. This rear visibility system must expand the field of view in order to assist the driver detect areas behind the car that he or she may have missed without the backup camera.
The field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the car. Additionally, the backup camera is required to meet other standards including, linger time, image size, durability time, response time and deactivation. An estimated 58 to 69 lives are expected to be saved each year once all the vehicles on the road are equipped with backup cameras, including the cars that already have the cameras installed.
So, if your neck is getting tired for constantly looking back while driving, take a deep breath. There’s a good chance that your next vehicle (if you buy new) will have a backup camera, drastically the chances of you ever getting into an accident while driving in reverse. At Anderson Behel, Santa Clara’s top collision repair facility, with more certifications and awards than any body shop in the South Bay, we always keep our customers informed about car safety and new innovations to make it better for all of us.