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Rearview Cameras Boost Visibility, AAA Study Says


Just the Facts:
  • Rearview cameras improve rear visibility in vehicles by an average of 46 percent, according to AAA.
  • Increased visibility ranged from a 36-percent improvement in smaller sedans to a 75-percent improvement in hatchbacks.
  • Large trucks and SUVs scored in the midrange of tested vehicles.

AURORA, Illinois — Car shoppers who have the chance to buy rearview camera systems will find the technology improves visibility an average of 46 percent, according to AAA.

AAA tested 17 vehicles from 11 manufacturers with factory-installed and aftermarket rearview camera systems on a variety of body styles.

Increased visibility ranged from a 36-percent improvement in smaller sedans to a 75-percent improvement in hatchbacks. Large trucks and SUVs scored in the midrange of tested vehicles.

"Although these systems dramatically improve rearview visibility, they do now show 100 percent of the space behind the vehicle," AAA said.

It added that rain, snow or slush can cloud the rearview camera lens, delivering a blurry image.

The AAA study, which was released on Monday, echoes a similar study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Rear cameras are more effective than parking sensors at helping drivers avoid objects while traveling in reverse, but they don't help in every situation, the Institute said in its March study.

The federal government will require rear-visibility technology in new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.

On average, there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by backover crashes. NHTSA has found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities each year, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent.

"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," AAA said.

Honda has been one of the leaders when it comes to including rearview cameras as standard equipment on its vehicles. By the 2015 model year, all Honda and Acura models will have rearview cameras as standard equipment.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers get more proof that rearview cameras save lives.

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