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JT

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 12:01:00 AM

Should backup cameras be required on most new vehicles?
Yes
No
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JudeON
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 6:04:06 AM

I think yes because I find that we are getting many drivers who are aging and it is more difficult for them tomturn(old age) and therefore this might lead to fewer accidents if one can see what is behind them.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 8:52:19 AM

YES
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FamilyTrucksterMO
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:44:46 PM

It seems like the newer cars are designed with small, steeply sloping rear windows making it nearly impossible to see anything out the back window so these designs make it necessary to include back-up cameras.
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JudeON
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 7:23:40 AM

I certainly think so. For one thing many if the drivers are older and I find that one is not so good at turning one's head and this will help considerably.
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cheepycheepy
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 5:27:47 PM

I don't think they are necessary. They can be helpful, but they can also distract you from looking in the mirrors like you are supposed to.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 8:22:56 AM

YES
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april4
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 11:49:03 AM

Yes, they add a new level of safety.
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dale_travrling
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2014 2:21:29 PM

Required, No. You want you can pay for it.
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 12:39:25 AM

no
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saki1234
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 11:07:32 PM

yes, they would be very helpful!
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libman
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 11:04:01 PM

No
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 7:31:43 AM

yes
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gasguy555
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 9:07:44 AM

no
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april4
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 8:26:54 AM

Yes
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 22, 2014 7:11:27 AM

yes
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2lolo
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 5:12:46 PM

Back up cameras is very helpful.. There are fools see a car backing up and still walk, back of a car.... I understand kids....
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 16, 2014 7:32:07 AM

yes
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 12:48:55 PM

YES
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marielev
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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 12:47:41 PM

no
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coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 10:59:55 AM

yes
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 8:03:07 AM

yes
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nat6213
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 5:37:34 PM

My vote goes both ways. Cars? No. Vans, motor homes? Yes. If you're raised up you can't see what's close to the ground, i.e. children. I had a back-up camera on my FedEx truck. After making a delivery and starting to drive away, I noticed a kid sitting on the step in back. Very useful depending on what you're driving.

[Edited by: nat6213 at 5/8/2014 5:38:14 PM EST]
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M_Pruz
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Message Posted: May 6, 2014 12:36:30 PM

No, it should be optional. I have done body & paint repairs on the back of several vehicles that had either a back up camera or a back up warning system. There are to many drivers who rely on "gizmo's" rather than common sense & actually looking & paying attention to their driving.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 1:58:01 PM

yes
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Argeebee
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 11:30:07 AM

It should be required for all drivers over 55 years old (which I am one),or better yet, give a reaction test for a drivers license. I wish I could tell you how many times I have almost been hit by a backing car in a parking lot. I don't like laws governing our lives anymore than anyone else but sometimes technology makes laws necessary.
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:54:37 AM

No... it's another expense... and an option that will break. Besides... how many of these accidents are there... too much "the sky is falling mentality.
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 5:44:38 PM

no
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OldMan322
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 4:14:37 PM

I would go for anything that would help, but not by law
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DORELBC
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:07:11 PM

If you need a camera , you shouldn't be driving !! Sorry , but that's how I see it . If you can't pay attention to what's around you .... get a bicycle !!
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bikechuck
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:36:57 AM

2013 I have my first back up camera in a minivan and find it very useful, especially in parking lots. It also saved me from backing out of my garage into a vehicle that was parked behind the garage door, do not expect one to be there.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 4:23:08 PM

YES
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jb107
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3:57:31 PM

Yes. It is a safety item as long as it turns of when you take the car out of reverse.
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ffuel
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 8:49:30 PM

yes
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del1752
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 5:07:02 PM

NO!!! If you know how to drive and use your mirrors, you shouldn't need back up cameras. Turn around and look out the windows.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 8:05:23 AM

YES
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NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:25:48 PM

ə no, even though they are somewhat of a good idea.
rzf360 put it well, and i agree with that gb’s assertions. ə
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coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 5:19:14 PM

yes
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coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:14:42 PM

yes
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knine67
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:47:33 AM

I would 'lean' toward the YES group. I have had them on my last 2 vehicles and they are a great thing to have but they still don't make up for using common sense and judgement. I think of them as being an 'aide' in situations where I have to use reverse. They are great for those that have a towing hitch in that they can use the camera to 'line up'.
Now, if they can only find a way to keep them clean in adverse weather conditions.

[Edited by: knine67 at 4/22/2014 8:48:59 AM EST]
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RZF350
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 1:41:33 PM

Short answer is NO. I have one of those and they are GREAT. I can't say enough good things about it. Here is the problem; no one should be forced to have one of them. When the government starts deciding for us what our capabilities are is when we stop moving forward and start becoming automated idiots.

Having back up cameras sometimes gives you a false sense of security which you don't have when you don't have the camera. The camera and sensors can only see back and a little on the sides. As drivers, we need to pay attention to 360 degrees around the vehicle at all times. Good tool but it should be the user the one to decide to use it or not.
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 1:55:34 AM

no
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FinoGal
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 4:21:43 PM

YES! I have one of these cameras on my vehicle and it is great to have that view directly behind me. Of course nothing is a 100% replacement for "GOAL" "Get Out And Look" if you are ever unsure.
The conservative side of me bristles at being mandated to have equipped vehicles. So it's a mixed bag.

[Edited by: FinoGal at 4/18/2014 4:23:31 PM EST]
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ladywrench1
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:51:25 PM

Saw on CNN last week where NHTSA is requiring ALL vehicles to have back up cameras by 2018. That's only 4 yrs. away and yes, in a way that is being forced on us. I test drive new/pre-production vehicles for a living and I really would rather look behind me. The vehicles I drive all have them and I still haven't gotten accustomed to using them and instead turn around and use my own 2 eyes. Next you know, we will be like zombies, not even using anything that God gave us in the first place to use. There are driver assist that help with parallel parking, back up cameras, everything is touch screen and touch button so you just speak to it. What's next?
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dczh
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 4:06:46 PM

I say there are too many things forced down upon us. It is true that someone could be behind my Pickup, but I am in the habit of backing into the drive now and at work as well, so I CAN see what is going on traffic and personnel side.
To some extent is could help, but in the long run it is just another added expense w/o much justification. The sensors like we have in our F 500 would be nice on each vehicle, it would alert one to more than just people.
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boricua1050
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 3:58:56 PM

absolutely yes
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Lasing
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 1:51:14 AM

Lovolt wrote: "In a 2010 report, the DOT's NHTSA said that each year 210 people die and 15,000 are injured in light-vehicle backup incidents, with about 31% of the deaths among kids under age 5 and 26% adults over 70."

A camera would eliminate none of them! This happens when drivers don't look where they are going. Technology can't force people to look.

dkxkvtr wrote: "For the 10th time, looking over your shoulder does NOT allow you to see a child down low behind your vehicle. It just does not."

If you don't walk around your vehicle and look before sitting down, you are wrong.

NO!

A display in the dash would be absolutely useless as it would be behind me where I can't see it as I turn my head to look where I am going when backing. It's one more thing to break, and I don't want to pay for it. A sensor that beeps if it see's an obstruction that I somehow missed would be cheaper and much more useful.
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P_I_STONE
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:51:55 PM

Probably
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jjfisher
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:15:18 PM

I feel we should all look back checking our mirrors and over both shoulders. But it would also be a good technology to check the blind spots.
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fivefiveme
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 10:26:10 PM

call me old, but if you can not backup without a backup camera you should not be driving, I have been driving for 35 years and never backed into anything
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wshutton
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 8:58:11 PM

No: they should be required on ALL vehicles with a reverse gear so the driver can see what is behind them.
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