Your next new car likely will be equipped with a backup camera, thanks to a new ruling from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Starting in May 2018, new cars under 10,000 pounds must provide a rear view of the 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. The intent: prevent backup crashes involving kids and other pedestrians.
Rear-view cameras reveal what’s often a blind spot to drivers. Thousands of pedestrians are injured each year, with young kids and the elderly most likely to be killed.
Automakers are studying the feasibility of replacing side mirrors with cameras, as well.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cautioned NHTSA against allowing cameras to justify limited-visibility vehicles, noting the need for drivers to still look over their shoulders.