Fresh NHTSA Rules Would Require Backup Cameras in All New Vehicles

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After years of consideration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday announced blueprints for regulations that would require back-up safety systems (read: back-up cameras) to be implemented on all light-duty vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans — beginning on May 1 of  2016 models and be at 100 percent implementation two years later.

Recent protests of families and individuals affected by accidents in which an unsuspecting pedestrian was backed over by a vehicle has been a potent force behind the NHTSA’s actions. ”We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents — our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

Under the new code, the setup must provide the driver with a view of a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle, and there are also requirements for image size and other factors that all but require rear-view cameras as the only solution that complies, USA Today reports.

A 2010 report from the Department of Transportation said that 210 people die and 15,000 are injured annually in light-vehicle backup episodes. About 31 percent of the fatalities are kids younger than 5, and 26 percent are adults older than 70 — two demographics, who by nature of their age and stature, may be more unaware of their surroundings.

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