Back-up Cameras

Back-Up Cameras – Safety Beyond the Driveway

backupcamera-backupassistcamera-installation-humble-texas-2Rearview cameras, which project an image of what’s behind a car on a dashboard screen when the transmission is shifted to reverse, have become more common on new vehicles. They’re about to become mandatory. Earlier this year, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a long-delayed ruling requiring that all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds must include a back-up camera beginning in May 2018.

Which Back Up Camera Systems is Right For Your Vehicle

With so many choices it can be a bit overwhelming to decide what type of camera is best for your vehicle. But you can begin to break it down depending on whether your car already has an in-dash screen.

Back-Up Camera Types
Back-up camera systems come in three basic types:

  • Camera-only systems that can be added to a car that already has a stock in-dash screen.
  • Individual camera and display components purchased separately.
  • All-in-one systems that include a camera and a display.

Get a Clear Picture

backupcamera-backupassistcamera-installation-humble-texas-3A primary concern when you’re considering any type of aftermarket back-up camera is visibility, specifically how much and how well you can see behind a vehicle. This means making sure that the camera captures a clear image and that the screen displays it well. A camera with a wide viewing angle and a deep focal length will show a better image of what’s behind your vehicle.

The clarity of the image largely depends on the resolution of both the camera and the screen, as well as the size of the screen. The larger the screen, typically the better the view from the camera will be. Both camera and display resolution are measured in pixels, while the focal length is rated in feet. The viewing angle is determined by degrees. Higher numbers are better in all cases. If your vehicle already has an in-dash screen, you may be willing to spend more on a high-quality camera to integrate with it.

Other Benefits of a Back-Up Camera

backupcamera-backupassistcamera-installation-humble-texas-1In addition to the safety benefits of a back-up camera, there are other advantages to adding the technology to your car. One is being able to see how close you are to objects while maneuvering a vehicle into a tight space, such as when parallel parking.

If you drive a large vehicle like a van, SUV or pickup, which also have sizable blind spots, the extra set of eyes behind you gives you extra confidence when backing up. Back-up cameras also come in handy if you tow a trailer or boat. If you get a camera with multiple-angle capability, you may never need another person to help you line up a hitch on the back of your vehicle. But the best reason of all to install a back-up camera is to make sure a loved one doesn’t become a tragic statistic.

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