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(Opposing Views)   Parents who ran over *their* kids with *their* cars because *they* weren't watching where *they* were going place the blame exactly where it belongs: on the government   (opposingviews.com) divider line 154
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2013-09-26 04:33:12 PM

TuteTibiImperes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: fusillade762: How much does it cost to slap a camera on the back bumper? How is this any different than any other safety feature on a car?

I heard a figure tossed out of around $2.5 billion to add them to all new vehicles

/YMMV

Going by the total of 14.4 million new vehicles sold in the US last year that works out to roughly $173 per car, which sounds a bit on the high side, but is still reasonable.

Most new cars are starting to come with LCD screens, cameras are incredibly cheap, and if they're mandatory on all models all it would take is a cable running from the camera in the back to the LCD screen in the front which is easily done during assembly when the rest of the wires are being run.

There's really no reason not to mandate backup cameras in all new cars, the cost per unit would be negligible, and they're a huge convenience as well as being a nice safety feature.  They'd likely cut down on fender benders due to people backing into other cars, buildings, etc, by quite a bit as well, so they could translate into savings on insurance.


Wrong!

1:People wont use them.
2:People will misunderstand what they are seeing.
3:People will become so fixated on the screen the back into something not shown on the screen.
4:Like airbags it will become law you cant drive your vehicle if the equipped cameras are not functioning.


In the end it will result in many more law suites that the cameras were inadequate of there went enough of them or they were pointed wrong or the gave the driver a false sense of security.

In the end very few lives will be saved and auto prices will go up $150 dollars per unit for the cameras and $500 for liability insurance.  More money for the tort industry.
 
2013-09-26 06:25:04 PM

RobSeace: lack of warmth: wild9: Did you read that article about the Google car only having one accident and it was when someone was behind the wheel of it.

I guess you missed the story we had last month of the Google car hitting another car and leaving the scene. It didn't have a driver. I guess some put Vodka in its tank.

I'm pretty sure you're talking about the Google Street View car, which most definitely has a human driver... The only accident their driverless car has had when driving on its own is someone else rear-ending it at a stop light...


Thank you! I was too occupied to look that up.
 
2013-09-26 09:33:32 PM

Delawheredad: I learned that in Drivers Ed. when I was 16. When in your driveway walk around the vehicle and enter the drivers side. This rule applies double if you have small children or if your neighborhood has small children.


A public service campaign to tell people this would pretty much fix the problem without any expensive technology that's prone to breakage. Which is why we can be reasonably sure it will never happen.
 
2013-09-27 12:48:44 AM

Starry Heavens: In New York, it seems that it's legal to back out of a driveway. I learned to drive in Pennsylvania, however, and it's illegal to back out of a driveway there. I suppose that law makes it more likely that someone would run over their own unattended child, but it does decrease the number of car-to-car accidents.



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