• May 26th, 2020

In 2008, 292 people were killed and another 18,000 injured when motorists attempted the most dangerous driving stunt permitted outside of a closed-course test track: backing up. Children under age five, who comprise 44% of all backup fatalities, were most likely to pay the price when things went wrong.

From the perspective of the engineer, an obvious contributor to these tragedies was that drivers could not see what was behind their vehicle. From the perspective of the engineer, the solution to the problem could not seem any clearer. First proposed by Buick in 1956, rearview cameras began to appear in 2001. After some delay, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its final rule requiring that all cars be outfitted with cameras by 2018.

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Article written by Steve Casner, a research psychologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.