Reverse Parking Sensors To Become Mandatory On All Cars Soon
For a number of years, Indian commuters were oblivious to the concept of seat belts in cars and the safety they offer. Until the time a law was implemented for installing aftermarket seat belts in cars that didn't have them and drivers and co-drivers were mandated to keep the seat belts fastened while on the move. The act of not fastening the seat belt still invites a fine. And now, reports suggest that the government is contemplating making reverse parking sensors compulsory on all cars plying on Indian roads.
So, car owners who don't have them, first of all, don't fret. A reverse parking sensor will not cost you much and be upwards of Rs 7,000 in a mass market dealership. Some cars come with reverse parking sensors which is a boon to park one's car in tight spots. And in case you are not the 'I will get every accessory from the showroom' type, aftermarket reverse parking sensors are as reliable and can be installed with ease in the rear bumper of the car. Getting one from the aftermarket would cost you anything above Rs 3,000 and if you get a good deal, you may also get a parking camera for the same amount. However, be sure that this may void the warranty (if applicable) on your car, so do check with an authorised service centre first.
For the uninitiated, a reverse parking sensor essentially has a set of four sensors that are installed at equal distances on the rear bumper of the car. Ultrasonic or magnetic waves calculate the time taken by the sensor to send and receive the signal. These signals are sent to an interface to tell the driver how much distance is left before an obstacle and when to stop.
It would be a great addition from a safety and convenience point-of-view, however, knowing Indian road conditions, government officials should also look at making ABS and Airbags standard across all cars in all trim-versions. This would make cars safer even if they cost a tad higher!