If your car doesn’t have a backup camera, commonly known as a rearview camera, your next new vehicle will almost certainly have one. As of May 2018, all new passenger cars, lorries, vans, and other vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with rearview monitors. And in most cases, it means video cameras installed on the back.
For more than a century, rearview mirrors have been an essential element of automotive equipment. The most obvious benefit of a rear-facing camera is that it widens your field of vision, significantly below the rear window or trunk level, which helps minimize injury-causing and occasionally fatal backover events. Cameras also assist in removing blind spots by allowing you to see beyond the span of a mirror’s picture. However, cameras offer a variety of other advantages in addition to helping to safeguard persons and property behind a car.
Rear view cameras, for example, can assist you in parking more swiftly and safely. Most backup systems have a warning tone that sounds when you go too close to an object. Most backup systems include a warning tone that lets you know when you’re getting too close to an object. Rear-facing cameras provide a much clearer and more accurate view of obstacles behind the car, and most backup systems include a warning tone that lets you know when you’re getting too close to an object.
Some models additionally have a centerline to aid in keeping the car centered in the area. As you move closer to a barrier, the system may shift the color of the guidelines from green to yellow to red using modern color displays. This, in combination with an auditory warning from rear-facing sensors, can help reduce backover incidents.
A backup camera is handy if you haul a trailer. The camera provides a close-up view as you align the trailer with your vehicle’s hitch, while line color and auditory sensors keep you informed about distance.
Cameras will be integrated with sensors and computer modules in more sophisticated active systems as autonomous cars become more wholly developed. They’ll assist automobiles in finding their path, maintaining lane orientation, maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles and objects, reading road signs, avoiding accidents and traffic jams, and adjusting the car’s controls to fit the weather and traffic circumstances.
Many of these characteristics are already available in features like adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, and lane-keeping systems. Still, autonomous cars are projected to combine these and other technologies into a completely self-driving vehicle.