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  • Rear view cameras may become obligatory

    Dec 20, 2012, 15:24
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    Rear view cameras may become the obligatory equipment for vehicles which are on sale at the USA market: according to the officials, pedestrian safety could be seriously increased thanks to their use. But this innovation may increase the cost of cars as well.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has offered to fit every last vehicle in the USA with rear view cameras – the last time it came up with such a proposal in this year's February but it was cast aside at the time until the 31st of December. The final meeting should take place at the White House any time soon.

    According to figures from NHTSA, cars injure up to 16,000 pedestrians annually when backing out. It is suggested, that wide use of rear view cameras could help seriously cut these figures.

    Realization of this plan could seriously affect car manufacturers financially: from 1.9 to 2.7 billion USD per year. It will cost about 200 USD to fit the car with no display with such a camera and about 70 USD – models which are already fitted with a display.

    The rear view cameras will become obligatory starting from 2014 if officials will come to a positive decision.

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