While many cars include backup cameras as standard or optional equipment, automakers are not mandated by the federal government to offer them in their vehicles. Today that changes however, as the United States Department of Transportation has unanimously passed a rule that mandates backup cameras must be installed on all road-legal vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that the mandate will help alleviate 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year due to backup related accidents. The rule calls for rearview cameras to provide visibility of 10 feet wide and at least 20 feet back, allowing drivers to have a clear view of the space directly behind their vehicle.
Although the rule has been announced today by NHTSA, automakers will have until May 1, 2018 to comply by the requirements.