Reversing cameras saving lives

Reversing cameras saving lives

US data shows rear-view cameras have improved safety.

Reversing cameras saving lives
In the US alone around 100 children each year are killed in accidents involving reversing cars.

They are still not mandated by law, but the increasing roll-out of reversing cameras in new cars is having an effect on accident and fatality rates.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has just released new data on reversing cameras, and aside from confirming that the technology is saving lives, the association also found not all cameras are created equal.

The AAA evaluated 17 vehicles from 11 different manufacturers equipped with factory-installed and aftermarket rear-view camera systems and found that, on average, a rear-view camera system only increased visibility of the rear blind-zone area by an average of 46%.

Regardless, the AAA says as many as 112 fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries will be avoided when new passenger vehicles in the US are required to have reversing cameras by 2018.

As yet, Australia doesn’t have an existing or planned mandate for the fitment of reversing cameras, though the number of new vehicles fitted with the technology is Australia has escalated rapidly in recent years.

Joel Helmes