Despite the usefulness of in-car cameras, especially rear-view ones, they have yet to become standard devices on many cars. However, a new ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has demanded that all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds (4535kg) in the U.S. must have rear-view cameras as standard by 2018.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: "Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors. As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."
It is hoped that by having these cameras, the number of casualties and injuries caused by backing up carelessly can be reduced. Right now, on average, 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries are caused each year by backover crashes.
The U.S. remains to be one of the largest markets for automobiles in the car and it is interesting to see how this will impact on development and production of future car models. Hopefully, we will see more rear-view cameras being offered as standard equipment in the years to come.