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Frank Lee 12-03-2010 09:43 PM

Rear view camera MANDATE
Rearview cameras in cars could become more common under plan to address accidental backovers |

Hmmm... $2,700,000,000/100= $27,000,000/life. :rolleyes:

tim3058 12-03-2010 10:33 PM

The government estimated the new requirements would cost about $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion (Sigh) ... just makes you wonder whats next.

I do work for the DOT - typical traffic fatality estimate was $1m/life last i knew, seems like $27M/life could be better applied elsewhere in an industry that killed some 34,000 people last year...

Angmaar 12-03-2010 10:44 PM

What about using these things called eyes and looking behind you before you back up?

Woah, crazy idea.

bestclimb 12-03-2010 11:25 PM


Originally Posted by Angmaar (Post 207681)
What about using these things called eyes and looking behind you before you back up?

Woah, crazy idea.

No WAY, I am not turning my head to see behind me that is way out of line to expect me to look at the area my 1+ ton piece of equipment is going to be going.

Follow the dollers. My guess is company that sells back up cameras is not moving enough product, says to Mr. congrass man

"see all these people getting squarshed by these blind people not looking behind them while driving cars with useless back windows, it's a real tragedy".

"I just don't know what to do". says congress critter.

"You know if we were to mandate rear view cameras we would eliminate this senseless bother".

"how about a greased palm hand shake, everybody wins".

IsaacCarlson 12-03-2010 11:30 PM

I have noticed that a lot of the newer vehicles have HUGE blind spots and almost no visibility. I like being able to see everything in my vehicles.

Frank Lee 12-03-2010 11:36 PM

^Then the solution would be to drive a vehicle with good rearward visibility.

LOL "squarshed"

Rokeby 12-04-2010 06:35 AM

While the idea of saving a child's life is commendable, IMHO, the camera bit
is overkill. :rolleyes:

There are simpler/cheaper ways to ensure that drivers verify that it is clear
to the rear. I would suggest a small weatherproof switch mounted on the

This driver would have to go to the trunk to push the button before the
vehicle can be started or perhaps shifted out of neutral. The real purpose of
course is to have the driver look around while back there.


Originally Posted by Frank Lee (Post 207710)
LOL "squarshed"

+1 LOL

The sanitized image:

And yes, apparently there are armadillo in Arkansas, although I have no
direct experience on the subject:

IsaacCarlson 12-04-2010 10:11 AM

we could mod that.....

jamesqf 12-04-2010 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by Frank Lee (Post 207648)
Hmmm... $2,700,000,000/100= $27,000,000/life. :rolleyes:

At $200/camera, though? A quick search finds aftermarket ones at $50-$80. Add mass production and larger market, and the price goes even lower.

Just for myself, I'd like having one that would replace rear view mirrors, and which could do image processing to cut the nighttime glare from all the $@#! idiots who don't know what low beams are for.

skyl4rk 12-04-2010 01:27 PM

Exactly, I was hoping to read a thread that discussed the government requiring backup cameras and eliminating external mirrors to reduce the amount of fuel used by Americans by about 3%.

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