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Why Do You Need to Add a Backup Camera System?
Safety is the primary focus of any backup camera system. From helping you back up in difficult situations to making it easier to manage a trailer, backup cameras give any driver the extra visibility they need to protect themselves, their vehicles, and the people around them.
Larger vehicles, even minivans and pickup trucks, require backup cameras to eliminate the blind spots. Consumer Reports recommends installing aftermarket backup camera systems on all vehicles to increase convenience and safety by eliminating blind zones.
 
Rear View Camera Applications for All Vehicles
Eliminating blind zones is important for every vehicle. A rear view camera can address specific vehicle risks and cover for common operator oversights.
·         Consumer - reduce accidents and make difficult driving maneuvers easier
·         RVs - Add visibility and make driving large vehicles easier
·         Commercial Delivery - Decrease expenses on accident repairs and protect vehicles
·         Buses and Passenger Vehicles - Increase visibility of pedestrians and safety conditions for passengers
·         Emergency Vehicles - Higher visibility for high-pressure situations and more informed drivers
·         Construction Equipment - Reduce accidents caused by operators
·         Tractor Trailer - Make driving maneuvers easier to protect the vehicle
 
Many new vehicles have proximity or backup sensors that use an audio signal that alerts you when you are too close to a nearby object. These sensors do work, but are no comparison to the amount of data you receive from a camera system. Situations that cannot be prevented by proximity sensors include small children moving behind your vehicle, small objects on the ground near you, or hazards that aren’t walls, vehicles or similar objects.
 
Types of Rear View Camera Systems: Wired or Wireless
·         Determining whether a wired or wireless rear view camera system is the best solution for your vehicle is a good place to start.
·         Wireless systems are easier to install because they do not require running a cable from the camera to monitor.
·         Wireless systems do require a seperate power source for both the camera and monitor.
·         Wireless systems from other manufacturers are more susceptible to interference with radio frequencies or distance when installing on large trucks, RVs or trailers.
·         For drivers who need convenient, reliable systems wireless systems with top-end performance, Rear View Safety carries models that use digital signals to avoid interference.
·         Wired systems generally offer a higher quality image.
·         Wired systems require a little more work to install but use just one power source.



 
How Many Rear View Cameras Do You Need?
Typically, basic systems come with one camera that is mounted on the rear of your vehicle, but depending on the size of your vehicle and the amount of visibility you require, you may need more than one camera.
·         A secondary camera is usually a second backup camera that is mounted as a pair on the rear of a vehicle to increase the viewing angle and reduce blind spots. The cameras will provide two video feeds to the monitor in your vehicle.
·         Three-camera systems are perfect for drivers that frequently use trailers, very large trucks, RVs or buses.
·         Four-camera systems typically include two rear view cameras and two side view cameras. Side view cameras mount on the side of a vehicle towards the front giving drivers a clear view to either side of their vehicle without having to turn their head; perfect for extra help when changing lanes, merging or monitoring obstacles when parking. This setup provides the most visibility for drivers.
 
 
Backup Camera System Features
Today’s backup camera systems incorporate the latest technology to offer drivers a wide array of convenient features. From basic, intuitive setups that are easy to install and use to advanced models sporting cutting-edge innovations, our selection of camera systems can meet any of the road’s demands.
Monitor Features are the part of the camera system inside your vehicle. They display the images from the system’s cameras. When choosing a monitor size, consider where you will place it, how many cameras feed into it, and the resolution you require. Below are a few common features that you will find on monitors.
·         Color TFT LCD Display - LCD screens offer excellent images for your display and are available from 3.5” to 7”. Rear View Safety recommends color displays because they give drivers more information and make potential safety issues easier to identify than comparable black and white screens do.
·         Split Screen - Monitors with this feature allow you to display multiple camera angles at the same time on one monitor. This is perfect for multi-camera systems. A larger monitor is ideal for this setup so all images are easy to see.
·         Distance Grid Lines - These lines give drivers a method to determine distance in their displays and assist in parking safely.
·         Remote Control - This function allows all features and functions of the system to be controlled from the remote.
·         Mirror Imaging - The image captured by the camera is horizontally flipped to match the orientation of what is being captured to what the driver would see in a mirror.
·         Automatic Triggers - allows system to turn on automatically when in reverse.
 
Backup Camera Features
The backup camera is the primary device in any camera system. Responsible for actually recording the footage and relaying information to the driver, a backup camera provides a driver with an unparalleled degree of security. Multiple grades of viewing angles, shock and vibration ratings, and other features let drivers decide what’s right for their vehicles.

Viewing Angle
·         Larger vehicles with larger blind spots should opt for the 180-degree option to help reduce blind spots or blind zones.
·         Consumer vehicles such as cars and small trucks with limited bind zones can get by with a 130-degree viewing angle
·         The larger the viewing angle, the better visibility, the more warning, and the more safety.
Shock and Vibration Ratings
·         On-road conditions can cause bumps and vibration, which may disrupt footage or obstruct camera function.
·         Most modern cameras have technology to keep them stable in more demanding conditions.
·         Different cameras are rated for different levels of of shock and vibration.
·         Rear View Safety recommends and carries cameras rated at 20G for vibration and 100G for shocks -- the highest ratings for either in the rear view camera industry.
Microphones and Audio
·         More useful for large vehicles such as trucks, buses or RVs
·         Microphones and audio equipment are also options for back up cameras.
·         These features allow drivers to hear what is outside and behind the vehicle.
·         Cameras equipped with audio are most useful for larger vehicles, such as trucks, buses, and RVs. The additional input can compensate for larger blind spots in these vehicles.
Weatherproofing - cables and cameras
·         Operators who regularly drive through inclement weather can invest in weatherproof back up cameras.
·         Weatherproofing ensures optimal function in hazardous conditions and preserves the quality of footage taken during rough weather.
 
 
Backup Camera System or Backup Sensor?
Backup camera systems and backup sensors are both helpful devices for any driver, but each is appropriate for specific situations.
A backup camera system provides more information with greater accuracy. Backup cameras cover for a driver’s blind spots, prevent serious accidents, and support safe driving while in transit.
A backup sensor has a more narrow and specialized application. Backup sensors help a driver park and avoid stationary objects while in motion, but they won’t provide overall protection. To make every maneuver safer on the road, a backup camera system is often a more comprehensive choice.
 
 
 

Backup Cameras And The Law

There is no arguing that having a backup camera system installed in your car can save lives and prevent injuries. Roughly 200 people die each year from light vehicle backup-related accidents, with another 15,000 injured in some way. Over 30% of these deaths and injuries are children under the age of 5, presumably because they are short enough that they cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror. Despite the shockingly high number of incidents that happen when vehicles are backing up, it took a lawsuit to get the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to act.
The NHTSA has finally passed a ruling that requires all new light vehicles manufactured that are under 10,000 pounds to have some kind of rear visibility by May of 2018. This means that every car from the most expensive luxury models all the way down to the most affordable budget models will soon have a backup camera and some kind of dash or rear-view mirror monitor.