Dashboard Cameras

Dashboard Cameras
These cameras are used by streaming the images of the space between the rear end of the vehicle, and whatever is behind it. It is meant to see where the side or rear-view mirrors cannot. It can, for example, see smaller children popping up behind the car where the rear view mirrors cannot because the children are too short.

Dashboard cameras are gradually more frequently implemented into everyday vehicles, but it took a long time to even get this far. Dashboard cameras began in heavy mining vehicles and dump trucks in order to reduce rear-end accidents caused by blind spots. By having cameras placed on the back of vehicles and connecting them to a screen on the windshield or dashboard, drivers could see where they are going when in reverse whereas the traditional side mirrors had blind spots, and sometimes the vehicle was simply too large for the mirrors to provide proper coverage of the rear of the vehicle.

Dashboard cameras in the conventional sized vehicles are placed near the license plate levels and connected via wires built-into the car to the dashboard display. When a driver shifts the car into reverse, the camera will activate to show what is behind. Drivers are advised to not solely rely on the dashboard camera to drive in reverse. The cameras are built with fish-eye lens in order to ensure maximum coverage of the rear view. The picture is mirrored so as to not cause confusion with the driver when turning right, the camera will show the car going left. Implementation of these dashboard cameras still require drivers to pay a substantial amount of money to install the rear view camera.

These rear view cameras often work in conjunction with backup sensors(motion detectors essentially) to assist the driver when backing up to detect sudden objects coming towards the vehicle, or simply when you are getting too close to an object. Drivers are still advised to first rely on their rear view and side view mirrors; the dash cams and backup sensors are further supplement to those.

NEVER RELY SOLELY ON YOUR DASHBOARD CAMERA

Strengths
*provides visibility, eliminating blind spots
*cameras' lenses

Weaknesses
*still expensive to install(not very cost efficient)

  • cannot be solely relied on
  • still prone to computer errors or glitches

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