In a good example of how a study can trigger a new safety feature, the US Department of Transportation has announced it requires all automakers to have cameras for backing up on all new cars by 2018.

As new studies contend that cars equipped with rear view cameras are better than those with rear parking sensors – saving lives in the process, the Department of Transportation decided to take action – the NHTSA was authorized to impose formal rules on the matter back in 2007. The federal authority estimates that around 200 lives could be saved – including a large number of children under the age of five.

“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. “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 actually expected that 73% of all cars would have had cameras by 2018 regardless of the new rule, but nevertheless the regulation now calls that 10% of all new vehicles need to have cameras in 2016, followed by 40% in 2017 and 100% in 2018.


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