US: study sees rear camera better than sensors when backing image

A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has found that rear camera reduce blind spots by up to 90% and are better overall than the old fashioned parking sensors at aiding the driver reverse.

The IIHS, an group that is industry funded and aims to help automakers improve the safety of vehicles, saw in its study conducted with volunteers in empty parking lots that cameras work better than combined with sensors and help avoid more back over pedestrian hits in the blind spots.

“Right now, cameras appear to be the most promising technology for addressing this particularly tragic type of crash, which frequently claims the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes,” said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.

According to the federal government data, no less than 292 people are killed annually, while more than 18,000 are injured in crashes that involve drivers backing their cars. As the accidents most likely occur in driveways or parking lots – the most prone to be fatally injured are the young children and the elderly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that if all vehicles would have cameras the number of deaths would drop sharply from almost 300 to 95-112.