U.S. Dept of Transportation to require back up cameras by 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation passed a new rule that will mandate rear-view cameras in all cars that are built from May 1, 2018. This new rule was announced by the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) today. This rule applies to all road-legal vehicles that are under 10,000 pounds.
Many vehicles that are sold today come with back-up cameras as standard or optional equipment. Once the driver puts the car in reverse, a display in the dashboard will show the image from a camera that is mounted at the rear of the car.
The cameras sometimes show distance and trajectory lines. The NHTSA cited an average of around 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries caused by back-up accidents every year. Children under 5 years old account for 31% of the deaths. The image of the rear view cameras must remain on the screen for at least 4 seconds, but no more than 8 seconds.