Reversing cameras – also known as rear view cameras – were once regarded as a luxury addition to private vehicles, available to only the wealthiest of owners. Fast forward to today, however, and they’re used across a range of industries and with a variety of applications (for example, not only can they make parking easier, but also constantly record from a vehicle’s rear while on the road, guarding against any accidents). This week, we examine how these devices went from a novelty addition to an essential safety feature.
A Brief History Of Reversing Cameras
Technically, the first reversing camera debuted in 1956 – but at that time it simply consisted of a chunky film camera mounted to the back of a private vehicle, and was only for a one-off public demonstration. The first proper commercial rear view cameras were introduced to the world by Toyota in 1987. As with many new technologies, the initial uptake was slow; they were mainly regarded as a luxury item until the late nineties, when they started to gain traction in the market as manufacturers began to include them as optional extras.
In the intervening twenty years, the technology has advanced considerably. Today reversing cameras are regarded as one of the most important innovations in road safety, and there’s a massive global demand for them. Our very own range of rear view cameras at VT embody some of the most notable technical advances, including:
- State of the art colour monitors
- Night vision applications (such as the VT56AE reversing camera system)
- Day/night sensors for automatic adjustment
- Low light illumination
- In-built water resistance
- Wireless designs, making them easy to install
- Multiple linked cameras in a single system
- Designs to disguise them as a rear view mirror (to fool potential thieves)
- Smaller and more compact constructions
- Optional bullet cameras
Changing Attitudes In The Motor And Logistics Industries
Hi-tech features like those listed above are becoming more and more commonly available as the technology continues to develop. Evolving cultural attitudes are playing a big part in driving this advancement; one such example is the increasing pressure on modern manufacturers to ensure the safety of drivers, pedestrians and other road users alike.
This is especially evident in built-up cities like London and Manchester, where cyclist safety campaigns and other initiatives are gaining ever-increasing amounts of public support. A major contributory factor to accidents involving HGV’s is the issue of driver awareness. Products designed to increase this awareness, therefore, like reversing cameras, are becoming ever more highly valued in society’s bid to cut down on the number of injuries and accidents on our roads.
Reversing Cameras Provide Key Benefits To HGV Drivers And Operators
This shifting focus onto safety-centric products is also helping both HGV drivers and fleet operators, providing an array of distinct advantages. A previous blog of ours goes into full detail, but we’ve summed up some of the crucial ones here for the sake of convenience.
For drivers, rear-view cameras:
- Enhance the visibility of blind spots
- Reduce the number of accidents
- Make parking easier and faster
Meanwhile, for fleet operators, reversing cameras:
- Make logistics more efficient (by cutting down on parking times)
- Save on costs and reduce insurance premiums (by reducing accidents)
- Increase the security of their vehicle assets
- Provide irrefutable legal proof in the event of an incident on the road
And with reversing cameras becoming ever more widely available and easy to install, there’s almost no good reason for fleet operators not to have them. At Vision Techniques, we pride ourselves on our array of rear view cameras, designed specifically to enhance safety and convenience for HGV drivers and operators.
You can browse our full range of reversing cameras here, or give our sales team a call on 08452 873 172 if you have any questions or need any advice. We’re here to help!
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