If your current car doesn’t have a backup camera yet, there’s a good chance that your next vehicle will have it. As of May 2018, the federal law of the United States has already required that all passenger trucks, vans, cars, and other vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds should have a rear-view monitoring system. Of course, this refers to those rear-mounted video cameras.
For more than a century, the rearview mirrors of vehicles have been their staple components. They help you see what’s behind. But these mirrors have disadvantages, too. First, they don’t let you know what is directly behind your car. Second, they don’t give you a wide-angle perspective to your rear.
Based on the statistics, these limitations of traditional rearview mirrors resulted in 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries annually, specifically during backover accidents. These crashes also resulted in 31% of the fatalities that involved children age five and below. Moreover, the data did not represent those accidents that involved drivers who backed into an object or animal.
Hence, it is quite advantageous if you have these backup cameras:
Advantages Of Rear-View Cameras
Obviously, the most apparent benefit of having a rearview camera is its ability to avert injuries and fatalities caused by backover accidents. It can expand your field of vision and eliminates the physical obstructions in your view, especially on the level of the trunk or below the rear window.
These cameras are also designed to see things that are beyond the reach of the mirror. As a result, they can effectively eliminate any blind spots. Overall, it gives you sufficient leverage so that you can protect yourself and other people whenever you are backing or driving.
There are various benefits that these backup cameras offer. For instance, they assist in quick and hassle-free parking. These cameras provide drivers with a better and clearer view of the obstacles and objects behind their vehicles. Moreover, these cameras are equipped with audio warning devices that activate every time your car gets too close to an object.
Most of these backup cameras include on-screen guidelines. Specifically, these guidelines come in the form of parallel lines that give you an ideal view of your intended parking space. The guides will let you in and out of the parking space safely and conveniently. Some cameras have centerlines that give you an idea if your vehicle is centered or not.
Backup cameras are also useful in towing trailers or RVs. The device enables you to have a close-up view of the thing that you are towing as you are lining it together with the hitch of your vehicle.
How Backup Cameras Work?
On the surface, the concept of these rearview cameras is pretty straightforward. When you hit your car into Reverse, the camera on the rear automatically activates and sends the image it captures to the monitor installed in your dashboard. This is where you will take a look at what’s behind your vehicle.
Technically, the mechanism of backup cameras is quite complex. The system used on these cameras involves the use of multiple components. Every year, these pieces of technology get an upgrade.
The sophistication starts with the image being captured by the camera. Instead of transmitting the image, the backup cameras are engineered to send a mirror copy of the image to the monitor. In this way, the orientation that you can see is correct and accurate. If the view is not reversed, then the feed you see in the monitor would become flipped. It eliminates the confusion of turning right when it should be left and vice-versa.
Most manufacturers tend to install these backup cameras to the trim pieces of the rear of the vehicle. Because of this setup, the cameras avoid obtrusion. It is difficult for thieves to see them right away. But if you want to look for these cameras, you can find them hiding in the bumper, which is near the license plate. You can also locate them in the tailgate or trunk lid, especially if you have a pick-up truck or SUV.
These cameras have a downward angle positioning so that it can give the right kind of view to your monitor. They are also equipped with wide-angle lenses so that your field of vision is pretty expansive.