AAA tests show rear view cameras can save lives

AAA tests show rear view cameras can save lives

Rear view cameras improved rear visibility an average of 46 percent in tests by the American Automobile Association. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires a rear view image in all passenger vehicles starting in 2016, with full compliance by May 2018.

AAA evaluated 17 vehicles across 11 manufacturers with factory-installed and aftermarket rear view cameras on a variety of body styles. Increased visibility ranged from 36 percent improvement in smaller sedans to 75 percent improvement in hatchbacks. Large trucks and SUVs scored in the middle range.

–These systems are especially helpful for viewing the first 10 feet behind the vehicle, which are the most hazardous in terms of back-over risk for young children,” said John Nielsen, AAAês managing director of Automotive Engineering.

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