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Rear-View Camera Systems

Basic Description

Rear-view camera systems display a view of the area behind a vehicle whenever that vehicle is in a reverse gear. Many of these systems can also display an overlay of trajectory lines to assist the driver with backing up or parking. In the U.S., the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced plans to require rear-view cameras in all cars less than 4,500 kg by May 2018. By the time NHTSA's rule comes into effect, it expects these systems will help save 58 to 69 lives per year that would otherwise be lost due to back-over collisions.

illustration of adaptive cruise control with no car in front

Optical image sensor, gear position sensor
Image display, speaker
Data Communications
Control Area Network (CAN)
Kenwood, Masterlock, Panasonic, Pioneer, Peak, Pyle, Rearview Safety, TadiBrothers
For More Information
[1] CNET On Cars - What's Behind Rear-View Cameras, YouTube, Apr. 22, 2013.
[2] NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology, NHTSA website, Mar. 31, 2014.
[3] The Danger of Blind Zones,, April, 2014.
[4] Cameras Instead of Mirrors? Not So Fast Say Experts, Theresa Chong, IEEE Spectrum, May 6, 2014.
[5] Car Care: Reversing Cameras and Parking Sensors, Jack Biddle, The New Zealand Herald, Oct. 11, 2014.
[6] More Cars Getting Back-up Cameras, Infotainment Systems, Esther Castillejo, Chicago Sun Times, Feb. 9, 2015.