Backup camera systems to be required in new cars by 2018

04/01/2014 10:27 AM

04/05/2014 5:39 PM

Some rental cars now come equipped with rear-view cameras. It takes some doing to get used to the system.

But people will have to find a comfort with it because starting May 1, 2018, the backup system will be standard equipment in all cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks must include the rear-view technology. It is designed to save lives.

An average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries a year are caused by backup accidents, The Kansas City Star reports. Children under age 5 constitute 31 percent of the fatalities while adults age 70 and older represent 26 percent.

The technology will help eliminate the blind area for drivers. It is one more gadget in vehicles, which already are gizmo heavy.

But if it prevents injuries and saves lives, it will be well-worth getting used to.

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