There are many benefits that come along with driving a vehicle that has a backup camera installed, including the elimination of blind zones and the ability to make parallel parking a much easier task. Once you get used to relying on your backup camera, it’s difficult to imagine owning a car without one.
Fortunately, everyone who buys a new vehicle in the near future will get the chance to enjoy the advantages of backup cameras.
A new federal rule is making it mandatory for auto manufacturers to include backup cameras in most new vehicles. The rule, which just went into effect at the beginning of May, calls for every single car, truck, and bus that is under 10,000 pounds and is either manufactured in the U.S. or made to be sold in the U.S. to come standard with a backup camera. Further, the backup camera systems must allow people to see a 10-foot by 20-foot picture of what’s going on behind the vehicle when in reverse. Ford, Nissan, and Toyota are just a few of the auto makers who are already rolling out new vehicles with standard backup camera systems.
According to federal data, there are more than 200 people who die and about 15,000 people who are injured annually in backup accidents. The goal of the new backup camera rule is to prevent these types of deaths and injuries from happening in the future.
Some people are arguing that auto manufacturers should be doing more to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. For the time being, however, this appears to be a step in the right direction. If all goes according to plan, it will help drivers enjoy the conveniences of backup camera assistance while keeping those around them safer.