Backup Camera Rules Pushed to 2015 Although regulators are discussing ways to provide incentives to automakers, the overwhelming response thus far has been that the costs are too high, and the technology only beneficial to larger vehicles.
Mandatory back-up camera rules for cars sold in the U.S. have once again met delays, moving the deadline this time to the 2015 model year.
Although regulators are discussing ways to provide incentives for including the technology in vehicles, the overwhelming response from automakers thus far has been that the costs are too high, and only beneficial in larger vehicles.
Costs of implementing new backup camera rules are expected to be in the neighbourhood of $2.7 billion, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), new legislation could reduce the 292 deaths that occur yearly due to accidents involving cars backing up by at least 50%.
It is unclear at this time whether the date for the new back up camera rules will stick; the timeline has changed three times now, and many in the automotive industry are still resistant to the change. Many, such as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers disagree with the technology becoming a mandatory feature, arguing that the choice should lie with the consumer.