Backup cameras for cars have become the latest car safety feature to have reached a point where they’re easily installed on an aftermarket basis, and could reach the point where they become as much of a necessity as seat belts did 50 years ago. But what about the future – where does technology go from here?
Already, manufacturers have started putting cameras in other spots for use in specific situations. Honda, for example, has been equipping its more recent Civic sedans with a “right turn camera,” which activates when the driver turns on the turn signal and shows the driver if the way is clear or not. If you come see an aftermarket specialist TODAY, you can have a system where cameras are present on all four sides of the car, allowing safe lane changing and complete blind spot detection.
A Scanner Darkly
The VS41 4-Camera Switcher from PAC Audio goes beyond a mere car backup camera controller to allow for cameras on every side of the car. With a camera on each area of the vehicle, it becomes possible for a driver to be aware of what is in close proximity of the vehicle at all times. The possible scenarios that could be avoided are staggering.
As the recent tragic example of ex-NFL player Todd Heap demonstrated, there are circumstances where driver visibility along a certain axis is limited. The whole concept of “blind spots” has been around for a while, but most us tend to assume that they’re only on the sides, when in fact they’ve always been in the front and rear of the vehicle as well.
Trucks and SUVs are notoriously bad about forward visibility within a certain range, and often to the rear as well. With a vehicle equipped with a VS41 and coverage with car cameras on all four sides, the tragedy experienced by the Heap family could very well be avoided.
Cover the Flanks
It’s not just forward and rear visibility that can be improved with the VS41. It also duplicates the functionality mentioned earlier in Honda’s “right turn cam” and places it on the left hand side as well. The ability to more clearly see cars coming up fast from the sides, as well as detecting cars that are hanging out in blind spots, can only serve to reduce potential collisions and improve road safety.
Audio Express isn’t just a place to get speakers and stereo gear. It’s also the place to improve other elements of a vehicle’s electronics, particularly ones that keep drivers and passengers safe.
We install vehicle safety components on a daily basis, so we are very experienced in what works best for you and your vehicle. Give us a call today and let’s talk about how to make the next trip on the road a little less dangerous.