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Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014 652

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Hugh Pickens writes "Every year around 17,000 people are injured and over 200 die in backover accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs. Now the Chicago Tribune reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will send Congress a proposal mandating a rearview camera for all passenger vehicles starting in 2014. 'Adoption of this proposal would significantly reduce fatalities and injuries caused by backover crashes involving children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and other pedestrians,' says NHTSA in its proposal. But the technology won't come cheap. In its study, the NHTSA found that adding a backup camera to a vehicle without an existing visual display screen will probably cost $159 to $203 per vehicle, shrinking to between $58 and $88 for vehicles that already use display screens. Toyota of Albany Sales manager Kelvin Walker says he believes making backup cameras standard on cars made after 2014 is a good idea. 'If you want to get a backup camera with a mirror in it now, it may cost you $700 to $800 as an additional dealer option or you have to purchase a navigation which is about $1,500 to $1,600. So $1,600 compared to $200? You do the math.'"
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Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

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  • by alphatel (1450715) * on Tuesday February 28, 2012 @09:12PM (#39192201)

    most times I can't see you when using my mirrors. I'll look behind me in parking lots but idiots like to walk in the street in NYC

    The article failed to mention that at least 12 pedophiles and 27 terrorist suspects will be saved each year by rear view cameras. Good laws put into action to save the peoples!

  • by publiclurker (952615) on Tuesday February 28, 2012 @09:44PM (#39192515)
    Well, at least the obese ones have an excuse for the over-sized SUV. Ever see a fat person getting out of a smart car? It's like watching a cell divide.
  • Re:Christ, (Score:2, Funny)

    by Electricity Likes Me (1098643) on Tuesday February 28, 2012 @10:26PM (#39192875)

    This type of logic worked out pretty well for Ford too.

  • Re:Christ, (Score:5, Funny)

    by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday February 28, 2012 @11:36PM (#39193387)


    Math, it really should be mandatory to vote.

    Yes, them damn socialists are trying to tell us how to live. Her Do you know how much money has been laid out and wasted on this safety crap? Here e are a few more outrages that the leftist leaning panty waists are tryin' to ram down our throats:

    1. Tail light brightness standards - Oh come on. Who has ever been injured by a tail light that was too dim.

    2. Hood latches. Hood latches? Do you have any idea how much money is wasted on putting those secondary hood latches on every car? If one hood latch isn't enough, then lock the designer up and throw away the key!

    3. Seat belts. I personally know 25 million people who were in a wreck, the car fell down a cliff, and they only survived because they were thrown from the vehicle. Seat belts are mandatory, and they don't do a darn thing except trap people. 5.And here is the biggest one of all. Baby seats. That's right folks. They didn't have baby seats when I was a young'un, and here I am. Total waste of money, coming out of MY pocket

    Hang on - those damn kids are on the lawn again - gotta go......

  • by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday February 28, 2012 @11:42PM (#39193441)
    I for one, am very interested in Tata's

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