Analysis of sales data from 2012 showed that customers in Europe bought 55,000 cars quipped with reversing cameras, more than 11,000 of which were in the UK. This represents a whopping 45% increase, making it the third best selling driver aid.
Reversing cameras show obstructions like low obstacles, animals and children on a monitor or in a rear view mirror.
Why get one?
Studies have shown reversing camera systems dramatically reduce accidents.
A United States study, found that those driving a vehicle with a mirror-integrated display reacted twice as fast in potential accident situations compared with those driving vehicles equipped with centre-console displays.
Mirror-integrated rear reversing camera displays, such as our Mirror Monitor product, are more effective than those located in the centre console.
This is because drivers spent more time using the rear view reversing camera display and had a higher percentage of productive glances to both the display and mirrors.
Reversing cameras in industry
It’s not just cars that have difficulty parking – reversing cameras are used in many different vehicle types.
Reversing camera systems are arguably more useful to larger vehicles due to increased number of blindspots. In many cases, the driver can tilt and pan the camera depending for what angle is needed.
Larger vehicles may require many separate reversing cameras, all accessible at the touch of a button.
While a lorry is reversing, drivers can switch between channels in the reversing camera monitors, with live pictures of trucks and lorries backing in the yard, saving time while improving safety.
Reversing camera systems are perfect for vehicles such as forklift trucks, with monitors mounted at exactly eye level so the operator can be extremely accurate when loading, which, in turn, increases productivity and improves safety.
An operator can simply switch forklifts or and he can unplug the kit, remount it about the next vehicle, making it a portable viewing solution.
Jonathan Peach, of Vision Techniques, said: “Driver assistance technologies really do make a difference in day-to-day driving. Not only does it prevent accidents but it makes motorists.
If reversing in the dark is required, night vision cameras can also be used.
Should I get a VT reversing camera?
Though some complicated models must be set up by professionals, most reversing cameras are quick and easy to install. They are also very easy to replace.
Reversing cameras can either come fitted with the vehicle or as an added extra and some come wireless.