Eyes on the Rear: Are Rearview Cameras Worth It? Parallel parking, backing up, and reversing into parking spacesâ€”these
are not the common causes of car-related deaths, but they are responsible in a huge chunk of car-related accidents. The main reason parking and backing up results in many accidents is that cars have blind spots that make it difficult for drivers to see other cars, pedestrians, and other objects. As technology within the automotive industry improves, features, such as rearview cameras, become available for commercial fleet vehicles. More and more people buy rearview cameras for their cars, because of its added convenience, safety, and visibility.
Safety Many accidents happen every year when drivers accidentally back over children and pets in a driveway or parking space. Most people think that a standard and traditional rearview mirror is enough, but there are certain blind spots and distant objects that motorists also need to see. A rearview camera gives drivers another eye to look behind their vehicles when backing up.
Convenience Rearview cameras have made parking easier. The cameras can provide a clear view of the ground and objects immediately behind the car without the help of a parking assistant. Drivers of bigger vehicles especially need to install one in bigger cars or trucks, because these drivers have trouble seeing behind them when backing up.
Visibility Car reversing camera systems or rearview cameras are the best solution to avoid hitting anything or anyone during parking and reversing. This is why the US Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, requiring all new cars sold in the US to be equipped with rearview cameras. Only recently, the US Department of Transportation finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility, as they expect that all new cars under 10,000 pounds have the cameras by the middle of 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that a full rearview backup system will cost around $132 to $142 per vehicle. Although this may sound expensive, what is more costly is to bring more car-related accidents and deaths in the future.
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