How does a Backup Camera work?
After last week’s glance at something very specific to Toyota, we thought we’d switch things up for this week’s How’s This Work by glancing at something a bit broader. And when we say broad, we mean just about every 2016 model across the market comes installed with one now. We’re talking about the backup camera, something that was introduced a few years ago and quickly garnered attention and popularity.
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What is a Backup Camera?
In case you haven’t been in a newer vehicle over the past few years, a backup camera is a feature that comes with most display audio systems these days – in Toyota’s case, it comes standard with every Toyota audio system. Essentially, it is a more detailed rearview mirror, that allows you to see much more behind you while you’re reversing out of your garage, driveway, parking spot or an alley.
While many manufacturers attach different names or include other programs within the backup camera, at its core it basically gives you eyes on the back of your head. While your rearview mirror gives you a direct line of sight out your back window, the backup camera gives you a look at the immediate ground and surroundings around the back of the vehicle. You can make sure there isn’t anyone pushing their shopping cart past you in the grocery store parking lot, or make sure your child didn’t leave their bike right at the base of the garage.
The camera will turn on automatically when shifting into reverse, and that’s all you need to do for it to work. It’s probably the easiest and handiest new safety feature available in vehicles today. If you have any questions about the backup camera, don’t hesitate to give us a call right here at the dealership.