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Author Topic: Backup cameras now REQUIRED in new cars in the US  (Read 3608 times)

mouse

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Backup cameras now REQUIRED in new cars in the US
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:41:13 am »

So why have mirrors become obsolete all of a sudden?  And does this "mandate" mean that extra costs are also "mandated"?  I don't really have a problem with backup cameras but I do have a problem with compulsion.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/05/02/backup-cameras/572079002/

New cars sold in the U.S. must have backup cameras to help drivers avoid accidents under a federal regulation that took effect Wednesday.
The regulation requires rearview cameras and video displays on new models, a move aimed at preventing accidents in which pedestrians often children are run over because a driver can't see them as they back their vehicles.
Congress passed a law in 2008 requiring regulators to enact measures requiring the adoption of technology to greatly improve rearview visibility.

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Re: Backup cameras now REQUIRED in new cars in the US
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 06:44:12 am »

Backup cameras are neat but as soon as they become a requirement, no thanks.  New cars are already too expensive.  No need to add yet one more thing that will break down.
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Re: Backup cameras now REQUIRED in new cars in the US
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 07:35:45 am »

Why that's nearly as stupid as the requirement for electronic tire pressure monitors. Good lobbying by a backup camera manufacturer, I'd wager (were I the wagering sort).
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Re: Backup cameras now REQUIRED in new cars in the US
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 08:20:17 am »

Why that's nearly as stupid as the requirement for electronic tire pressure monitors. Good lobbying by a backup camera manufacturer, I'd wager (were I the wagering sort).

My father-in-law has that in his vehicle.  He constantly watches it now.  His son was driving him around one time and it drove my bro-in-law nuts to hear, "what's the tire pressure?" every 2 minutes.  "same as it was the last time you asked..."
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