Wednesday, July 2, 2014

U.S. DOT Mandates Rear-View Safety Systems

Rear View Safety, Inc.

The United States Department of Transportation passed regulations at the end of March that will mandate rear view safety systems, or backup cameras, in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds. Backup camera technology allows drivers to see the blind zone behind the vehicle located outside of the field of view provided by mirrors.

The new rules will be phased in starting in 2016, until 100 percent compliance in 2018. The DOT initially proposed these regulations in 2010, but they were delayed due to cost concerns.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents—our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in press release that followed the ruling. “As a father, I can only imagine how heart-wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a typical rear view safety system will cost  $132 to $142 per 2018 vehicle, and estimates that $546 million to $640 million will be spent that year on backup cameras in 2018.

Rear View Safety, Inc., a New York-based provider of rear view safety systems, released estimates of 95 to 112 expected lives saved  and 8,000 injuries prevented per year once these new rules go into effect.

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