Rear-View Cameras Become Mandatory In The USA

All vehicles produced after May 1, 2018 and sold in the USA, have to be fitted with a rear-view camera, according to regulations from 2014 of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), which finally came into force, the Australian CarAdvice reports.

This requirement extends not only to cars, but also to buses and trucks. The rear view cameras will allow the driver to view the traffic behind the car, help avoid an accident and save lives.

The introduction of the regulations was repeatedly postponed until finalizing in 2014. Because of delays of the deadline the vocal safety advocates filed a lawsuit against the DOT in 2013.

In 2008, then-President George W. Bush ordered to overhaul rear visibility rules and gave 3 years for the reform to be achieved.

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 300 people were killed and more than 15,000 were injured as a result of reversing accidents. Almost half of those killed are under the age of five.

Some research bodies insist on more safety equipment to be standard on all vehicles, along with rear-view cameras.

A study conducted by the the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that autonomous emergency braking contributed to reducing the number of rear-end accidents by 50 percent, while blind-spot monitoring will help to reduce the number of lane-change accidents by 13 percent.