The Critical Rear View

This article examines the debate over whether or not backup cameras should be mandatory on all new vehicles. Although Congress passed a law in 2008 requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to set standards for visibility in reverse, the law has yet to be implemented. This legislation included the installation of cameras, mirrors, or sensors on cars; had it been implemented on schedule, 100% of new cars would have had rearview cameras by September 2014. The author suggests that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the transportation industry as a whole should perform a cost-benefit analysis to measure the cost of adding backup cameras to vehicles versus saving lives in parking lots, garages, driveways and streets.


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  • Accession Number: 01526242
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 6 2014 7:49PM