WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test how drivers could use cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors in automobiles, a technology already allowed in other countries, the agency said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: An Audi 55 e-tron is seen ahead of the company's annual news conference at its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo
The planned test by the agency known as NHTSA would examine driving behavior and lane change maneuver execution in cars with traditional mirrors and camera-based visibility systems, the department said in a notice offering the public a chance to comment.
In March 2014, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers a trade group representing General Motors Co, Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), Toyota Motor Corp and others, along with Tesla Inc, petitioned NHTSA to use camera-based rear or side-vision systems. A similar petition was filed by Daimler AG in 2015 seeking approval for camera use instead of rearview mirrors in heavy-duty trucks. Those petitions are still pending.
NHTSA said in a report last year it was still studying the issue. The new testing would initially focus on passenger vehicles and later ...