Washington - A new regulation proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation will eventually limit the opportunities for mobile electronics retailers to sell aftermarket backup camera systems.
The department said the proposal, required by Congress as part of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, will expand the required field of view for all passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, buses and low-speed vehicles with a weight up to 10,000 pounds "so that drivers can see directly behind the vehicle when the vehicle's transmission is in reverse," the department said. "NHTSA believes automobile manufacturers will install rear-mounted video cameras and in-vehicle displays to meet the proposed standards."
To meet the requirements of the proposed regulation, 10 percent of new vehicles manufacturer must comply by Sept. 2012, 40 percent by Sept. 2013, and 100 percent by Sept. 2014, the department said.
NHTSA is providing a 60-day comment period on the proposal, beginning when the proposal is published in the Federal Register. The proposal and information about how to submit comments can be read here.