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Backup Cameras now Required in New US Cars

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May 2, 2018—New cars sold in the U.S. must now have backup cameras to help drivers avoid accidents, USA Today reports.

A federal regulation took full effect Wednesday requiring the rearview cameras and video displays on new models.

Safety advocates say the cameras will help prevent accidents in which pedestrians—often children—are run over because a driver can't see them.

Many higher-end models and mainstream vehicles with extra safety packages already have rearview cameras. But the technology will now be standard in even the cheapest of new cars.

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