Beginning in May of this year, a federal regulation went into place mandating that every new car sold in the United States must have a backup camera standard. The reason for this is clear cut; vehicles that have a rear camera in place are less likely to strike something, or someone, than cars without them. This regulation was passed in 2014, however, manufacturers were given until this month to get their ducks in a row to roll out new cars with the rear-view camera feature.
A few weeks ago, I upgraded from an old Volkswagen Jetta to a newer SUV with a backup camera and a bird’s eye view. I knew that these features would be useful, but I did not realize just how much I would come to rely on all these different camera angles. I am amazed at how much more I can see not just behind my car, but all around my car.
With more people moving away from sedans and toward small SUV’s and trucks, I think that this new regulation came at a great time. According to the NHTSA, the average cost for manufacturers to include a rearview camera is around $140 for new cars and less than that if the vehicle already has an in-dash display installed. In my opinion, the minimal cost of including a rear camera is worth reducing the odds hitting something or someone. The NHTSA also cites that rear facing cameras will save between 59-69 lives per year.
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