Rear Visibility Technology Rule Finalized

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the final rule for rear visibility technology. The NHTSA announced that by May of 2018, all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds will be required to have rear visibility technology. Requiring this technology in new cars and trucks will hopefully put an end to preventable backover crashes in California and across the U.S.

Preventing Fatal and Injury-Causing Backover Incidents

Since backover crashes are responsible for over 200 preventable deaths each year, the requirement of this technology is great news. There are a variety of new cars, buses, trucks, vans and SUV’s on the market that already have this great technology. Unfortunately, at this time, it’s an optional upgrade, rather than a requirement on all new base models. This rear visibility technology allows a driver to see what is directly behind him or her before and during the process of backing up. The NHTSA is hoping to eliminate preventable backover incidents, which often time involve small children and the elderly.

Backover Crashes: Just the Facts

• Backover crashes are responsible for 210 fatalities each year.
• Every year, 15,000 injuries are attributed to backover crashes.
• Small children, under the age of five, accounting for 31 percent of all backover fatalities each year.
• Senior adults, age 70 years old and older, account or 26 percent of backover fatalities.

New Cars and Trucks in May of 2018

As of May 1, 2018, all new cars, buses, trucks, vans, and SUV’s, weighing less than 10,000 pounds, will come equipped with rear visibility technology. This technology will expand the field of view for drivers and detect areas behind a motor vehicle. The rule will require technology to provide the driver with a field of view of at least a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. Additionally, there are also a variety of requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability and deactivation. For concerned drivers who may or may not have rear visibility technology in their cars already, the NHTSA offers a variety of tips for “Keeping Kids Safe Inside and Out” of the car.

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