The Future Of Vehicle Backup Cameras


By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Backup cameras in new cars and trucks are becoming more popular.

Soon, they might even be required by law.

The government is reviewing rules to obligate automakers to install cameras in new vehicles.

The plan was submitted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These cameras would help prevent back over accidents.

Safety is exactly why many are in favor of new backup camera regulations, including Carma McKinnon at Safe Kids Magic Valley.

"I think it's definitely important. The more that we can add to our vehicles for protective equipment to reduce the risk of injury to children or occupants- the better we will be,” said Carma McKinnon, Sake Kids Magic Valley.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains an industry-wide shift would save 95 to 122 lives per year.

"anytime we can prevent one injury, we've done our job,” said McKinnon.

To demonstrate, Safe Kids Magic Valley uses the Spot the Tot program.

"Spot the Tot program gives a parent or caregiver a good visualization of how close or how far away is a good "no zone,"” said McKinnon.

"I've seen some benefits where that's an essential piece of equipment now. It's going to range. $500 - that's retail. It won't cost that much. Most people aren't going to be too upset. You can't put a price on a child," said Christopher Selner, The Car Store.

At this point, there are no guidelines in place for automakers.

"I see this happening in the future within the next generation in most cars," said Selner.

While the proposal is still in the works, for many, the move to require back up cameras can't come quick enough.

According to Automotive News, some automakers are already utilizing the new technology.

Honda says that with the launch of the 2015 Honda Fit - its entire US lineup will come standard with backup cameras.

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