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    Has anyone seen research regarding how far a person can safely drive in reverse using a backup camera and mirrors? We have a question from a company that is considering allowing forklift drivers to drive in reverse over longer distances using a vehicle mounted back-up camera system. The drivers don’t like to use their seat belts while driving in reverse so they want to sit facing forward but drive in reverse. Based on some initial research, the backup cameras and mirrors appear to reduce backup collisions, but we’re wondering if this only applies to short reverse-driving distances, such as turning the vehicle around? Does this hold true when driving in reverse for extended distances? If you have any insight to this issue, particularly in published research, please share it and we’ll pass it on.

    Thanks,
    Peter

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