magicnote
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After-market rear view camera?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:50 am

Has anyone had any luck with after-market rear view cameras? I didn't get the package on the i that included the rear-view camera because I didn't want all the other stuff that came with it. I actually think rear-view cameras should be a mandatory safety feature an all cars. It's also very handy for backing out of San Francisco garages and squeezing into tight parallel parking spaces without scratching up your bumper. I thought I could live without one on a car as small a the i, but after 6 years of using one in my Prius I'm hooked. Any suggestions?

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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:55 pm

The built-in rear-view camera system in the Leaf provides not only the view but dotted lines providing depth, with the lines shifting as the steering wheel is turned. Very nice! I also opted NOT to get the center display console with my iMiEV as I thought it was overpriced.

In one of my EV Sparrows I have an add-on rear-view camera with the image displayed on the radio screen. It's better than nothing, but provides no depth-of-field information and I am unable to judge just how close I am to a nearby object.

One of the reasons for choosing the iMiEV is it's better all-round visibility than most of the vehicles out there (especially SUVs), and I don't feel a pressing need for a rear-view camera; however, if someone can come up with an add-on which provides a good undistorted view with depth and turning information, I would also be interested.

Of greater interest to me is an add-on side view camera to supplement or replace the driver's-side mirror and its very restricted field-of-view (legally mandated to be flat and not convex). http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/in-defense-of-convex-drivers-side-mirrors/

Hmmm, perhaps the two can be combined into using a single display by the left A-pillar?
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:57 pm

This is the optional Rear View camera on the "i". The lines tell you the distance, which it very useful. I suspect it may be the same as on the Leaf.

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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:04 am

jjlink, do those lines curve when the steering wheel is turned (like in the Leaf), thus showing the predicted vehicle course? That feature within of the rear-view camera system I consider superb.
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:51 am

JoeS wrote:jjlink, do those lines curve when the steering wheel is turned (like in the Leaf), thus showing the predicted vehicle course? That feature within of the rear-view camera system I consider superb.


No, it does not have the curved guide lines like the Leaf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1xgtmd8Qmg
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Re: Word directly from Mitsubishi on date of USA 2014 MiEV

Thu May 15, 2014 12:23 pm

Morgan wrote:Alas! I have found the part number for the charge port lamp....8390A010. I'm looking into availability of the back up camera as well. Although I'm pretty sure that it is a thing of the past, that doesn't mean you can't find it aftermarket! :)

here is a link to a set of reviews to after market backup cameras:
http://rear-view-cameras-review.toptenreviews.com

The top rated one looks very nice and is likely what I will get if I purchase my iMiev from Morgan.

Come to think of it, if I were a dealer, I would buy these in bulk and offer these to my customers as an in house add-on for any vehicle that did,'t already have this as a factory option. The dealer would make an additional profit and the customer would have the option of a great safety feature. [Morgan: hint hint] :idea:
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Fri May 16, 2014 12:28 pm

OldGeek, I moved your excellent backup camera post over to this thread, simply because it would have been difficult to find in the future in the 2014 i-MiEV topic.
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Mon May 19, 2014 10:02 am

I've been using different backup cameras for my side view video mirrors, and what I've learned is the really wide angle units "shrink" the image of objects quite a lot, so you need to compensate by having as large a monitor as you can. 7" to 9" are still affordable and if you can install one, then I'd go with it. Also, if you can find a camera with more vertical lines than the run-of-the-mill 234 (or so) that many have, that would also be a good thing. 400 or more would reveal details that would make using it much better.
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Mon May 19, 2014 12:27 pm

several backup camera systems can take multiple camers inputs that all feed into the screen.

I wonder if I could mount mildly wide cameras beneath each external rearview mirror and one very wide angle camera near the rea license plate. Then i may be able to rig small switches on the turn signal lever and grear shift so the the left or right camera feed displays automatiaclly when I signal and the rear camera comes on when I reverse.

Seems so obviouse maybethat is already a feature that is built in...
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Re: After-market rear view camera?

Tue May 20, 2014 1:36 pm

The aftermarket system I used in my car would allow you to do that. I installed my system for less than $100

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2116&hilit=back+up+mirror

The mirror has two inputs - One runs continuously and is over ridden when the other one comes on-line. The back up camera is powered by the reverse lights

No pictures, but my 5 inch screen also has the depth of field grids which aid you in determining how far away you are from what's in the picture. The system works pretty well - The screen in the mirror puts the picture very close to your eyes in our car . . . . only a foot or so away. The only real negative is it's sometimes hard to see due to glare coming from the rear window. Works really well at night with the infa-red LED's in the camera

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