Vision-based safety systems are poised for explosive growth in next-generation automobiles. Multiple high-definition displays are appearing in the center console, rear seatbacks, and even the instrument cluster for both information and entertainment (infotainment) purposes. Cameras are also increasingly deployed to increase safety and for driver assist applications, such as improved visibility for backup and parking. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new vehicle safety regulations calling for standard rear-mounted video cameras and displays in all vehicles. Aimed at reducing the hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries that occur each year as a result of back-over accidents, the NHTSA said 10 percent of new vehicles must comply 100 percent by September 2014. The addition of all these cameras also raises new challenges for automotive system designers.