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7/9/2014 - Vehicle-mounted cameras superior

Cameras mounted on the back of cars are more effective at detecting blockages in the road than parking sensors are, according to recent analysis.

The rear cameras installed on many of today's vehicles are better at informing motorists of potential obstacles than parking sensors when traveling in reverse, helping drivers avoid an auto insurance claim, according to a new report.

Commissioned by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the analysis indicated that cameras mounted on the back of cars are more effective at detecting blockages in the road than parking sensors are, thereby informing motorists that they shouldn't progress any further until the obstruction is cleared.

David Zuby, CEO and executive vice president for the IIHS, indicated that the recently performed study has the potential to spare people from devastating tragedies.

"Right now cameras appear to be the most promising technology for addressing this particularly tragic type of crash, which frequently claims the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes," said Zuby.

Every year, approximately 18,000 people are injured and nearly 300 die due to being hit by drivers traveling in reverse, based on IIHS data. The reason why these incidents have occurred in the past is tied to large blind spots, which prevent motorists from being able to see what's low to the ground.

IIHS recently produced a detailed breakdown of how the study was carried out and what they did to compare the effectiveness of rear cameras versus parking sensors. Both of these resources were able to reduce the area of the blind zones, but the cameras did so to a greater degree.

Though there has yet to be a law requiring automakers to install these devices onto vehicles so that they come standard, there have been a number of attempts at making this a reality. Automotive News reported that the Obama administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reworked the proposed rule. No legislative actions have been taken by the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives as of late March.

To learn how safety systems may be able to provide you some savings on your auto insurance premium, speak to an independent Selective agent today.

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