The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are two agencies that are responsible for collecting data on traffic accidents throughout the United States and implementing safety programs. The NHTSA, established in 1970, collects data regarding the types of accidents that occur in relation to location, time of day, and type of vehicle. The FMCSA also tracks similar data, but their information is tailored towards large commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tankers.
These government agencies are required to evaluate the data and develop new safety regulations to lessen the most frequently occurring types of accidents. According to one news report, the NHTSA released a regulation that will require all newly produced cars to have backing-up capabilities. According to NHTSA, over 15,000 injuries annually are caused by backing-up accidents – and a large portion of the fatalities involve young children.
All new cars must have the capability to have this technology by May 2018. However, many older cars will be able to implement this as an aftermarket addition as well. The agencies are hopeful that this addition will serve as a preventative measure for these backing-up crashes. Some technicians also believe that beyond lessening the amount of fatalities. this new feature will be one of convenience as well – because minor accidents will be reduced if the driver has the ability to look at what they are backing into.