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How Do Reversing Cameras Work?

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Reversing cameras and parking sensors are becoming a very popular driver safety aid.

Nowadays, drivers are becoming more and more reliant on such technology. Common sense will always be required when reversing but they have become a much-loved aid to help drivers overcome potential problem spaces. 

What’s more, reversing incidents have become one of the major types of collision to occur in the global motor fleet industry, so the need for technological help has never been more apparent. 

Many new cars now feature reversing cameras as standard but you don’t have to buy a brand new vehicle to be able to enjoy the technology.

This tell-all guide will help you understand exactly what the parking systems are, how they work and the benefits to getting a reversing camera installed on your vehicle. 


What is a Reversing Camera?

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“A compact, wide-angle lens mounted on the tailgate or rear bumper relays a ‘live’ image of the area directly behind the car” according to Which?.

When the driver starts reversing, the camera screen should automatically appear to show the rear of the car. It’s usually flipped so the driver has the correct perception of left and right. 

Some systems feature lines on the screen as a guide to the driver to show the path of the direction of the car to further help you reverse accurately.


How do they work?

The systems usually work in conjunction with an LCD display screen in the car’s dashboard.  

Step 1. A wire is connected to the vehicle’s backup light circuit. 

Step 2. A signal is sent to the device, triggering it to switch on automatically whenever the vehicle's transmission is placed in reverse.

Step 3. Your in-car display will appear, showing the rear of the camera ‘live’. 


However, please note there are some systems that require you to manually switch the device on every time you want to use the reverse camera. This can be unsafe and inconvenient though, so we would always recommend driver safety aids that have an automatic function.


Infrared Night Vision works slightly differently…

The infrared LEDS on night vision equipped cameras turn on automatically when the background light drops to a level so low that the image sensor can’t produce a good enough quality picture. The infrared light frequency the LEDs operate on is beyond the human eye’s ability but the camera detects this light so that we can see. 


What are the benefits?

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Here are some of the various benefits of fitting a reversing camera but fundamentally, they will reduce the risk of colliding with bollards, other vehicles or worse, a pedestrian.


Can I install one or do I need to hire an engineer?

We do offer a UK, nationwide fitting service in which a qualified, local installer can arrange a date and time to fit your new reversing camera.

As always, you can purchase a device and try to fit it by yourself but we would always advise you to see an expert engineer that can fully integrate it into your vehicle without causing any damage to the body work. 

So what are you waiting for? Enhance your vehicle visuals with a state-of-the-art, integrated reversing camera kit. 

Car Communications specialise in comprehensive reversing cameras and we offer a vast collection of driver safety aids for all types of car from Skoda and Subaru to Honda and Hyundai. 

We make your safety our priority. For expert advice and guidance, call 01254 694537 or fill in our quick and simple contact form here.  

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