HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Electronics News

Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/6  >  >>
Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Rear Cameras
Mydesign   4/24/2014 6:15:19 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Charles, it's a good imitative from NHTSA.  As of now only high and Mid segment cars have reverse camera and alarming system. As a driver, many times I feel the need of rear view cameras in all side of cars, so that side vision will be clearer.

GTOlover
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Rear Cameras
GTOlover   4/24/2014 9:25:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Disagree with this being good initative from the NHTSA! This is more government regulations inflating the price of the new car and imposing additional expenses on drivers. We are living in a padded world that tries to compensate for lazy and unattentive drivers.

What happens when my back up camera stops working. I am sure the local safety inspections are going to overlook this? Yah right. I will be soaked for many more dollars to keep a system functioning in the name of gpvernment safety mandates! The rich guys didn't mind since they just go and buy another high end car. But the purpose of the low end models is for the little guy to afford transportation. Nothing like the nanny state and the lobbyists to screw over the little guy!

Jennifer Campbell
User Rank
Gold
Re: Rear Cameras
Jennifer Campbell   4/24/2014 10:06:23 AM
NO RATINGS
I am in the middle here - I agree with arguments for and against these cameras. I once test drove a vehicle with a back-up camera and I didn't like it all. Truth be told, I just didn't trust it. I would much rather turn my head to see if I'm in danger of hitting something or someone. I opted for a model that doesn't have a camera.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Rear Cameras
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/24/2014 11:11:59 AM
NO RATINGS
I thought the idea of a back-up camera was rather trivial in the full realm of marvelous technological innovations of the 21st century. Really no Big Deal --- until I got a car with one.  I surprised myself how valuable I found it to be. Then, driving my wife's car (which doesn't have one); I miss it!

Turbineman
User Rank
Gold
Re: Rear Cameras
Turbineman   4/24/2014 11:13:44 AM
The view on the backup monitor on my Hond Pilot is so distorted it's absolutely useless, esp. for navication in lieu of turning your head.  I still navigate while in reverse through rubbernecking and using the side view mirrors (yes, they're adjusted for side view).  I do fully trust the proximity sensors and alarm when backing up.

The aftermarket backup cameras have already come down to the price range mentioned in the article.  One of my future projects is to buy one and modify it to mount on the back of the U-Haul trailers I often rent so I can really see what's behind me.  Funny, but the aftermarket manufacturers seem to have missed this application for it.

tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Rear Cameras
tekochip   4/24/2014 11:18:05 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree, the requirements are causing vehicles to be more expensive and since it is an equipment requirement are we suggesting that an inoperative back up camera is an equipment violation?  Here in the polar vortex you can't get drivers to clear snow off their windshields, does the Federal Government really think drivers will clean the backup camera lens AND clean the windows?
 
I'm not certain that we will see innovation because of the mandate, rather than increased complexity with existing technology.


JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Of all electronics innovations, this one should be Second.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/24/2014 11:22:22 AM
NO RATINGS
When I purchased a 2013 model vehicle, and finally got to be an 'End-User' of all the electronic advancements I had helped to develop over the past 10 years, I was surprised to learn of the new regulatory mandate that 'Back-Up' cameras would be required for all new vehicles next year. Of all of the electronic innovations, I would have put hands-free BT phone link ahead of 'Back-Up' camera. It sure seems more pervasively "safe" as an initiative, overall.   (Oddly, my personal favorite is "Keyless Entry & Ignition"). Point being, turning in a 10 year-old car, you enter a Whole-New-World of convenience and comfort since the 2003 models.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Ethernet
Greg M. Jung   4/24/2014 12:05:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Incorporating Ethernet into future vehicles has have many benefits, but extensive testing and field trials will be needed to ensure that no unforseen or unintended effects would occur.  Automobiles are subjected to extreme environments (heat, cold, vibration, shock, e-fields, etc.) and any network connections must be robust enough to withstand abuse and not cause safety or significant risk hazards to any passengers over the life of the vehicle. As mentioned in the article, I would recommend it start out with only non-safety critical components like cameras.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Rear Cameras
Charles Murray   4/24/2014 6:02:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I know what you mean, Jenn. I'm sort of in the middle on this, too. In theory, I know that a backup camera can be a help in those rare cases when a toddler wanders behind a car, especially if those toddlers are too small to be seen. As a father of four (now all grown), I know that kids do unpredictable things. That said, I've used back-up cameras in rental cars and have found that I don't trust them. I'm accustomed to turning around and gazing over one shoulder, then the other. I find the the idea of looking at a display to see if someone is behind me causes angst. I tell myself that's illogical, but I can't seem to break the habit of checking and double-checking with my own two eyes.  

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Ethernet
Charles Murray   4/24/2014 6:09:14 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Greg. Ethernet will have benefits. The most recent figure I've seen about wiring bundles says that the average car has about 90 lbs worth of them. With more electronics technology coming in, Ethernet can only help reduce that number. I also agree with you about field tests. Software can be buggy and the only way to prevent problems is to spend a lot of time testing and re-testing. I, for one, wouldn't want to buy a new car that's using Ethernet for the first time. I always like to see a couple of years of field application to help iron out the wrinkles.

Page 1/6  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Electronics News
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 12 - 16, Programmable Logic - How do they do that?
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service