Getting into an automobile accident can not only cause injury to those involved, but it can also increase your monthly insurance premium by a significant amount. Each year, there is new technology being developed by car manufacturers to reduce these occurrences. One of these devices is the car backup camera which has become popular in recent years so the following are tips to making the purchase resources.
Even if your vehicle does not come with a camera to help you when reversing out of a parking space, you can still purchase them from aftermarket companies like VR3 and Audiovox. You might think that such car electronics is expensive, but you would be rather surprised as to how affordable they are. In fact, you can easily purchase a quality unit for under a hundred dollars.
If you purchase a similar device from the dealership, they can exceed several hundred dollars or even higher depending on the company. When making the purchase, be sure to look for those wireless units as these will be much easier to install. These typically mount on the rear of your vehicle either on the license plate or on the bumper so it should also come with brackets to make the installation simple.
VR3 offers a backup camera system that also includes a monitor screen that attaches to your dashboard so you can be able to see exactly what is behind you. Purchasing those models that have an automatic activation is a good idea when you put the car in reverse. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for so spending a little extra on a quality device is definitely worth it as they can be used for many years.
Backup camera systems were first introduced in the late 90’s and for a long time have been considered a “luxury item” for a car. It wasn’t often you saw a Kia decked out with a massive stereo system, GPS navigation, and a backup camera installed. Now it’s not unusual to find cheaper cars with the option of all these features. We’re not at the stage yet when a backup camera system automatically comes installed in your car, but we’re not too far off either dash cam report.
According to J.D. Power and Associates, backup camera systems have become the most sought after products for cars. A consumer interest survey by J.D. Power showed that it ranked number five. The more people want it, the more widely used it becomes. It’s hard not to find a lower-end model offering the system for 2011 cars. However, the main disadvantage of its widespread use is that expensive, more advanced systems are being offered. More advanced systems are definitely not a bad thing, but no one wants to pay a high price tag.
In 2008, Nissan had released the Around View Monitor which uses four cameras to create a 360 degree view. The cameras are located on the front and rear of the car, as well as the sides. The four images are then converted to show an image of a virtual angle. Watching the videos of this system is nothing short of impressive. Unfortunately, it’s only available on select Nissan models.
Multiple cameras are only the beginning. Delphi Automotive is currently making a system called Parking Guidance. Using multiple cameras, the system will give the driver instructions how to park the car. For those who fear parallel parking as much as I do, this is an innovative device. Being able to see through cameras is immensely helpful, but having step-by-step instructions is absolutely amazing. The system will tell you exactly when to turn your steering wheel so there is no room for error. Delphi Automotive is aiming at a 2012 release date.
Since Parking Guidance uses a computer to analyze the data from the cameras, I can only imagine how much this system will cost. It will most likely be a hefty add-on for luxury cars. I don’t doubt that within another decade it will become a standard feature. There are already systems that will actually park the car for you. Most consumers, myself included, are a little wary about this technology. Drivers still want to be in control of the car, not to mention the cost of such a feature is high.