DETROIT -- Buick, joining other brands in getting ahead of a new U.S. regulatory requirement, said last week it will make backup cameras standard on all 2015 models.
The new feature comes after the U.S. Department of Transportation approved federal rear visibility standards March 31, mandating backup cameras in all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds by 2018.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the main lobbying group for automakers in Washington, in a statement said the industry has embraced the technology, and the cameras are offered as standard or optional features in two-thirds of the 50 top-selling vehicles in the United States.
"Rear backup cameras have become like power windows and air conditioning," Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement issued by Buick. "While they're not standard on every car, yet, it's rare to operate a new vehicle without them."
Buick cited a 2013 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study that found that cars with backup cameras have a notably lower rate of backup crashes.
According to the study, 292 people are killed and 18,000 injured in backup crashes annually. The institute found that backup cameras can reduce vehicle blind spots by about 90 percent.
"The current Buick lineup holds many safety accolades, but we are always pushing to be at the forefront with our vehicles being among the safest available," Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC, said in the statement.
At least three other auto brands -- Infiniti, Honda and Acura -- have made the technology standard in their U.S. models.
Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore said backup cameras became standard in the 2013 model year.
Honda tweeted last week that all 2014 Honda and Acura models have backup cameras. The company's Web site features the cameras on its safety page.
"Even though no regulation requires it, we've made rearview backup cameras standard on nearly 100 percent of all new Honda and Acura vehicles," the Web site says.
Gabe Nelson contributed to this report.