Looking Back Since 1956

The first time the idea of a backup camera on a vehicle was introduced was in 1956 at the General Motors Motorama show. The technology was debuted on a 1956 Buick Centurion. Back then, the technology consisted of a rear mounted television camera projecting images to a television screen on the dashboard.

It wasn’t until 1991 that backup camera technology was used on a production car from Toyota, not sold in the U.S. Today. Backup cameras are becoming a standard safety feature on modern cars. By 2018, new vehicles sold in America may be required to have backup cameras as standard safety equipment. This new mandate, is an effort to reduce and prevent serious injuries and fatalities from backing accidents. Some of the accidents with out backup cameras consisted of vehicles backing over pedestrians or animals that were  low onto be seen through the rear view mirror. There were also distracted drivers that did not look back before backing up and ran into something or someone.


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 Accidents Backing Up

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2014 an estimated 292 people were killed annually in backing up related accidents. That is not counting estimated 18,000 others who suffer mild to serious injuries from drivers who backed into them. Children and elderly people are those most at risk for these types of accidents. The problem is blind spots in vehicles prevent drivers from seeing objects and people directly behind them.

Modern Backup Cameras

In preparation for the upcoming mandate on May 2018, many automakers have already started offering backup cameras as standard on their vehicles. New technology in backup cameras now offer a full 360 view of your surroundings when you shift into reverse. The display on the dashboard can now show you what is in front, left, right, and behind your vehicle. It can also guide you as well by guiding you where the vehicle is going depending on which way you turn the wheel. Backup cameras have come a long way from merely showing you a fish eye lens to what exactly your rear bumper is seeing.

The video below shows the 360 view display in Volvo’s backup camera in the 2016 Volvo XC90.

Back up cameras are just another example of technology being used to improve our quality of life by making cars and trucks safer.

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