US government required all new vehicles to have rear-view cameras by mid-2018.
The rear-view camera regulation is intended to prevent divers from backing into pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the new regulation will apply to all vehicles under 4,500 kg (10,000 pounds).
“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.
The agency said that each year 58 to 69 lives will be saved when all vehicles on the road will be fitted with this technology. Data shows that each year 15,000 injuries and 210 fatalities occur due to backover accidents. Adults over 70 and children under 5 years old account for more than 50% of all backover fatalities annually.
Many automakers have already started to install rearview cameras as there is already demand from the consumers. The rear-view cameras have to give drivers a 3-meter-by-6-meter (10-foot-by-20-foot) field of view behind the vehicle. According to the agency’s estimations it would cost between $132 and $142 to fit a rearview camera into a vehicle.
“While the administration delayed the rule, more children died in backover accidents. The cost of regulatory delay, in human lives, could hardly be more clear than it is today,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement.