Cameras instead of side mirrors will be checked at the state levelAugust 29, 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun preparations for the new tests that automakers have been asking for for years. It is about testing cameras that replace rear-view mirrors.
Rear-view cameras are often found on concept cars and prototypes, however, there are still very few serial cars with such an accessory, and in the USA they are completely banned due to the lack of certification. NHTSA, according to an official statement, will analyze and compare the behavior and sensations of the driver and the implementation of rearrangements using traditional mirrors and camera vision systems.
Testing will begin with passenger cars, and later apply to trucks.
Back in 2014, a group of car manufacturers, consisting of General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor, Tesla and other companies, turned to the U.S. Transportation Department with a petition asking them to allow the use of cameras instead of mirrors. In 2015, the same petition (but already applied to trucks) was filed by Daimler. Petitions are still unanswered.
At the same time, Lexus ES with side cameras appeared on sale in Japan last year, and Volkswagen began supplying the Audi E-Tron with a similar system to European markets. In the US, these models are offered with conventional mirrors. According to manufacturers, in such cases in the United States, legislation impedes the development of technology.
Tests of the NHTSA side rear-view cameras will reveal their potential weak points and further certify the technology. Most likely, the results of this test will be further borrowed from the Euro NCAP European Committee for Car Safety to evaluate various models.
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