2013-infiniti-m35Rear-view cameras are built into over 17% of minivans while only 4% of pickup trucks have them

WOBURN, Mass. – Back-up cameras or “rear visibility technology” will need to be installed by manufacturers for all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds built in or after May 2018, according to a recent announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In light of the ruling, iSeeCars.com decided to analyze more than 20 million used vehicles for sale last year with model years ranging from 1981 to 2013 and see what percentage of vehicles currently have them as a standard feature.   Overall, less than 9% of the vehicles have a back-up camera system installed.  Based on iSeeCars.com’s analysis, about 31% of vehicles on the road will have a back-up camera by 2018.

The NHTSA reports there are almost 210 back-over deaths a year, and rearview cameras could prevent about one-third of those.  “It will be a long while before all vehicles on the road are equipped with a rear-view camera,” said Phong Ly, CEO and co-founder of iSeeCars.com.  “According to NHTSA estimates, it could take until 2054 to replace the whole vehicle fleet.”

The percentage of vehicles with a back-up camera has been increasing with each model year.  For example, in model year 2006, just a bit over 2% of vehicles had back-up cameras. Fast forward to model year 2013 and 30.4% of those vehicles had them installed.  Rear-view cameras were non-existent in production vehicles until 2003 when Acura MDX made it a standard feature in one of the styles.

% of Back-up Cameras Equipped in Vehicles by Model Year

Vehicle Model Year

% of Vehicles with Back-up Camera as Standard Feature

2013

30.4%

2012

15.7%

2011

15.7%

2010

10.6%

2009

5.4%

2008

3.4%

2007

2.8%

2006

2.2%

2005

0.6%

2004

0.3%

2003

0.2%

 

“The increase in back-up cameras each year could be attributed to a combination of manufacturers seeing it as a 2013-cadillac-escaladedifferentiating safety feature and perhaps the cost of display and cameras were becoming less expensive,” Ly said.

Back-up cameras are found as a standard feature in a higher percentage of larger vehicles.  Perhaps this is due to the fact that larger vehicles are higher off the ground, or because there is more distance from the driver to the back of the vehicle.  About 17% of minivans and SUVs have rearview cameras, while less than 5% of sedans have them and hatchbacks are significantly less.  Surprisingly, only about 4% of pickup trucks are equipped with back-up camera systems as a standard feature.

% of Back-up Cameras Equipped in Vehicles by Bodystyles

Bodystyle

% of Vehicles with Back-up Camera as Standard Feature

Minivan

17.3%

SUV

16.8%

Wagon

7.3%

Sedan

4.8%

Coupe

4.5%

Convertible

4.3%

Pickup

3.9%

Hatchback

1.4%

These days, back-up cameras are seen by some as more of an extravagance than a safety feature. So, it may not come as a surprise that rearview cameras are equipped in mostly luxury car brands. Nine out of the top 10 brands with the highest percentage of its vehicles with back-up cameras are all luxury brands, including  Infiniti, Cadillac, Land Rover and Audi.

% of Back-up Cameras Equipped in Vehicles by Car Brands

Car Brands

% of Vehicles with Back-up Camera as Standard Feature

Tesla

61.2%

Maybach

57.7%

Acura

49.3%

Infiniti

45.7%

GMC

37.1%

Land Rover

34.9%

Jaguar

29.5%

Cadillac

22.5%

Lamborghini

19.9%

Ram

19.7%

Buick

19.6%

Audi

15.5%

Nissan

10.6%

Toyota

9.8%

Honda

9.7%

2013 Ram 1500 HFERam trucks is the only non-luxury brand in the top 10 list, but coming up in 2015, Honda and Acura will be among the first to offer backup cameras standard on all models.  This is a trend that will undoubtedly be mirrored by other automakers as the May 2018 deadline approaches.

Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 20 million used vehicles for sale over the last year with model years ranging from 1981 to 2013 and studied those vehicles that come equipped with back-up camera system as a standard feature.

About iSeeCars.com:

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine that helps consumers find the best deal by providing key insights and analysis about each used car.  The proprietary iSeeCars.com algorithm ranks cars by calculating an overall score based on analysis of the car’s condition, history, negotiability, fairness of the price and the competitiveness of the seller. Based in the Boston area, iSeeCars.com was founded by TripAdvisor and SAP veterans determined to improve the used car shopping experience for consumers.

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