Have you ever thought about looking into rear view cameras for your vehicle? Rear view cameras are both awesome features to have as well as literal lifesavers. Not long from now, rear view cameras will become mandatory for all vehicles, and for a very good reason. The NHTSA wants to help cut down the yearly 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries caused by back-over vehicle crashes by requiring all vehicles to have rear view cameras installed.
Tips for Choosing Rear View Cameras
Not all rear view cameras are created equally. With so many options out there, which are the safest? Below are some factors to look into:
- Lens size & viewing angle: NHTSA sets a requirement of 130 degrees for the lens size on a rear view camera, but a wide-angle camera lens can view 180 degrees.
- Guidance lines: Some rear view cameras have an overlay of colored lines on the camera’s image that guide you on how close you are to an object behind your car or truck. This allows you know if the car gets to the red line on the screen, you’re about to hit the object. Some guidelines move along with your steering wheel to give you a better sense of if you’ll clear that obstacle. While those are the best, systems with stationary lines are better than systems without any guidelines.
- Screen location: They’re usually located either in-dash or embedded in the rearview mirror. Each approach has its pros and cons: The rearview mirror may offer drivers a vantage point they’re used to, but the visibility may not be as great as on center-mounted in-dash screens, where the images tend to be larger. However dashboard screens require drivers to look down to view the camera and not over their shoulder.
- Parking sensors: Parking sensors offer an extra layer of protection against hitting an obstacle, but they tend to be found on more expensive cars. They’re usually better at picking up stationary objects like trees and poles, so sometimes they go off when there’s no imminent danger of hitting an obstacle. They are less sophisticated than cameras when it comes to detecting moving objects such as a dog child.
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