Back up cameras make backing into a parking spot much easier, but more importantly, they help prevent accidents. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) says that accidental back overs result in 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries a year, which is why new vehicles must be equipped with back up cameras by 2018. Rear view cameras also make hooking up a trailer a simple job that can be accomplished without another person’s assistance.

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The backup cameras on our digital shelves include individual cameras with mounting brackets, license plate mount cameras, and even cameras integrated into license plate frames. These cameras are weatherproof and most have wide angle lenses to depict a large field of view. Some cameras feature infrared technology for better vision in darkness, selectable normal or reverse imaging, and defeat-able parking assist lines. There are wired cameras and cameras that wirelessly transmit the video image. The latter are generally more expensive, but easier to install.

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We have a large selection of rear view back up cameras, monitors, and complete systems. These components are affordable and relatively simple to install, so if you’re vehicle didn’t come with a camera, you can still get the benefits of a clear view behind your vehicle for very little expense or effort. Complete systems include camera, a monitor that mounts to the dash or replaces the rear view mirror, wiring, and some kits include a wireless transmitter.

Our monitors come in rear view mirror versions that clip on or completely replace the mirror, and standalone models that can be mounted to the dash or any other convenient viewing location. Many have multiple video inputs so the monitor can also be connected to a DVD player, and these usually have a remote control for on/off, mode selection, and to adjust picture quality. The most sophisticated monitors from our selection have built-in Bluetooth, smartphone compatibility, auto-pairing, caller ID display, external microphone, and auto reverse video switch for parking.

A trailer hitch camera will help you guide the hitch ball right into the trailer coupler all by yourself, a job that used to involve repeated trial and error or another set of eyeballs, and some units even provide audible assistance. Our dash cameras can be aimed through the windshield to record traffic incidents. Top of the line models have built-in GPS to display driving speed and position; three recoding options: normal, parking, and event; and auto motion detection, which initiates recording when impact or motion is detected, for recording collisions and attempted theft when your vehicle is parked.

If you’re looking for parking assistance that doesn’t require video, we can help. We offer the Curb-Alert parking sensor and Precise Park garage parking sensor. The Curb-Alert sensor attaches under the front of the car, where it uses advanced infrared triangulation technology to detect the curb and warn you with an audible beep, to prevent expensive damage to bumpers and spoilers. The Precise Park uses sophisticated laser guidance to direct you to the ideal garage parking spot, without worrying about damage to your vehicle. Precise Park makes it easy to park in small, overcrowded garages and park large vehicles.

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Curb Alert Mini Saves My Bumper
After almost ripping my front bumper off my MB C300, backing away from one of those concrete curbs that are just about everywhere, I looked around for some type of curb sensor. I mean this can't happen just to me; there's tons of cars with low front bumpers, right? Well, I found one...Curb Alert! I think it was originally designed for 'Vettes, Mustangs and most American muscle cars with low fascias, but the universal model works fine for any car. It took me, from planning the mounting position and routing of wires, about 6 hours. And, most of the newer cars have tighter spaces in the engine compartment, so good planning takes time. Also, my car has a few more panels underneath that had to be removed. And finding an opening in the firewall was no picnic. If I had to do it again, two hours would be the norm. After figuring it all out; mounting the sensor, routing the wires, testing and calibrating the unit, I took it for a test drive. The verdict - this really works! I tested pulling up to a normal curb and several concrete curbs, and sure enough I got the three 'beeps' every time. I calibrated it to alert me at about 18". Now that I've had it for over two weeks, I can say it is very consistent. There are a couple of caveats. First of all, read the directions! They are pretty accurate, but the calibration was a bit different; I had to hold the red button down to put it into calibration mode. I don't think the directions said that. But everything else was accurate. Just follow the instructions as-is and if you have questions, call them. Second, as it says, do not try and park at angle parking spaces! It won't work. I tried this and got too close for comfort without it sounding the beeps. Third, it does beep at 'false positives', for lack of a better term. It could have been that one time I was facing the sun and drove over a newly laid concrete patch on the road and the sensor went off. The sensor is an infrared sensor, so I don't know exactly if the sun reflecting off the concrete had anything to do with that. It will also go off if you pull out of a driveway that's angled too steep, but that is already mentioned in the instructions. (I back in to steep driveways now.) I would rather have a couple of false alerts than no alert. Plus, you can always readjust it if objects are too high/low/close/far. One more: When you start your car, wait for the 'chirp' (the instructions call the 'chirp' four beeps). That tells you the unit is charged up and ready. It senses the charging voltage above 13.3V, After about 20 minutes of inactivity (car is off), like the instructions say, it shuts off. Before testing it out and pulling up to curbs, let it recharge. I'd even drive around for a minute or two to be sure it's charged (I embarrassed myself in front of a friend by just starting the car, waiting for the chirp, backing out about 10 feet and pulling up to the curb too close before it sounded the beeps). Overall, I feel this is a great investment. For ~$160, it beats having a $3500 repair bill.
RPosted by Robert (Woodinville, WA) /
2013 Mercedes C Class
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