NHTSA delays rear visibility rules

Audi R8 e-tron digital rear-view mirror 09.8.2012
Audi R8 e-tron digital rear-view mirror 09.8.2012

Delayed for the fourth time

The NHTSA did not meet its December 31 deadline to establish new rear visibility rules that could possibly lead to rearview cameras.

The 2007 legislation requiring new standards for rear visibility has been delayed for the fourth time due to concerns about increasing costs for automakers. The regulation wants to eliminate blind areas behind cars that could hide the presence of pedestrians, with an emphasis on the elderly and young children.

Three years ago the NHTSA recognized this proposal would add costs of up to 1.6 billion USD but even so they believe it is still worth it. While the proposal sets performance standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car manufacturers will mount rearview video cameras along with in-car displays to meet new proposed standards.

The NHTSA estimates fatalities could be reduced between 95 and 112 annually if cars would have cameras. In addition, they are forecasting a reduction in injuries of 7,072. Cars without a display screen would cost an extra 159-203 USD, while those with a display would cost an additional 58 to 88 USD. These costs are expected to go down over time.

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But a rear view mirror is near 100% reliable. What if mud gets on the camera, or the screen doesn't work anymore after 10 years?
Jan 3rd, 2013 12:00am
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I presume it would be just like bulbs, replace it if it dies. (and some people would stop using the rearview mirror to adjust hairs etc)
Jan 3rd, 2013 2:26am
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A screen or a camera is far more expensive than a mirror. And then people complain that their insurance is getting more expensive every year. 20 years ago if you damaged you bumper all you needed is a piece of plastic. Nowadays we need to replace the plastic, the fog lights(front) , the sensors, the cameras...
Jan 3rd, 2013 6:29pm
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dmanero dmanero
why.... we already have rear view cameras for when back up, what difference does 't make if the camera are for the rear view mirror or side mirrors.
Jan 2nd, 2013 8:47pm
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