Rearview Video Systems 

What is a rearview video system?

What is a rearview video system?

A rearview video system (RVS), also known as a backup camera, is a safety technology that helps prevent backover crashes and protect our most vulnerable people—children and senior citizens. By providing an image of the area behind the vehicle, backup cameras help drivers see behind the vehicle.
How does it work?

How does it work?

When a driver shifts a vehicle into reverse, the RVS shows—either in the dashboard or in a small display in the rearview mirror—an image of the area behind the vehicle. The field of view includes a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. It’s important to remember that rearview video systems are not a replacement for mirrors or turning around to look; rather, they’re an added safety tool for revealing hidden dangers.

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Does NHTSA recommend?

Does NHTSA recommend rearview video systems?

Yes. It is recommended you look for RVSs that meet NHTSA’s performance specifications when shopping for a vehicle. By May 2018, NHTSA will require this life-saving technology on all new vehicles.
What is the current state of this technology?

What is the current state of this technology?

Today, RVSs are optional equipment on many new cars, SUVs and trucks. By May 2018, this technology will be standard. To find out if RVS is available in the vehicle you’re interested in buying, visit NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings and search for 2011 vehicles and newer.
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