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Old 12-03-2010, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down Rear view camera MANDATE

Rearview cameras in cars could become more common under plan to address accidental backovers | StarTribune.com

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

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

Woah, crazy idea.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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".
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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^Then the solution would be to drive a vehicle with good rearward visibility.

LOL "squarshed"
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While the idea of saving a child's life is commendable, IMHO, the camera bit
is overkill.

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
trunk.

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.

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LOL "squarshed"
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we could mod that.....
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Hmmm... $2,700,000,000/100= $27,000,000/life.
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.
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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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