I remember the first time I ever got in a car that had a backup camera. It was my friend’s Lexus and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I waited a long time to get my driver’s license and before getting it I was always nervous at the thought of being behind the wheel by myself. Most of all I dreaded the day when I would have to navigate parking lots on my own, backing in and out of spots. But after seeing my friend’s backup camera, my fears dissolved and I thought maybe things wouldn’t be so bad for me after all…as long as I had one on my car!
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who thought backup cameras were a great idea. In fact, according to a recent ruling from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, backup cameras will be a standardized part of every new car sold in the United States by 2018. Specifically the ruling requires rear-view cameras in any car or light-duty truck with a gross vehicle rating of less than 10,000 pounds by May 2018. As this will be a federal law, there will be a standard viewing angle for all backup cameras and it is required that the image displayed from the camera be in color and display within 2 seconds of the vehicle being put in reverse.
So, why are backup cameras such a good idea? Well, each year approximately 210 people die and 15,000 people are injured from being hit by reversing cars. However, the good news is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that anywhere between 58-69 lives could be saved each year if all cars were equipped with backup cameras.
Introducing backup cameras to all new cars will definitely make for a safer driving experience, which is, of course, something we can all look forward to. Do any of you have backup cameras on your car? If so, feel free to share any experience you’ve had in which your backup camera has really come in handy.