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NHTSA May Allow Automakers to Replace Rearview Mirrors with Cameras


By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on whether to give automakers the option of installing camera monitoring systems in place of outside and inside rearview mirrors. The mirrors are required under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 111, Rear Visibility, which mandates the ability to view objects that are behind or to the side of the vehicle. The automakers have petitioned the agency for the change, citing new camera and visual display technology provides an equivalent level of safety. Such systems are now permitted in many countries in Europe and Asia. NHTSA has been gathering technical information to review the issue and is now seeking public comments, due by December 9, 2019. 

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