Park Assist/ Reversing cameras are now a standard feature on many new cars. NRMA’s Motoring Advice team has been asked how good they are and if it is worth fitting after–market systems to cars without such devices?
From navigating your car into a tight spot to drastically improving rear vision, reversing technologies can help make driving easier and help reduce the risk of collisions with another vehicle, or anything else.
The market is filled with a range of aftermarket options to help improve rear visibility and prevent collisions. Knowing how each technology works can help you decide what is best for your car.
Reverse cameras are generally easy to install with options of hard-wired or wireless setup, depending on your vehicle. The camera can be discretely mounted above or below a rear number plate to allow you to view real-time footage from an LCD screen which is mounted on or around the dashboard.
Small children, animals and objects are easily obscured from view when behind, even the smallest of vehicles. By giving better visibility, reverse cameras can increase safety, convenience and give extra peace of mind. However, reading the screen and gaining confidence may require some practice.
These are proximity sensors and detect objects in the path of the reversing vehicle within a defined distance range. The driver is alerted via audible beeps. Some systems may also incorporate a camera. They are installed into the rear bumper bar of a vehicle. The devices use sensors that increase in frequency of the beep as an object gets closer, working from a range of approximately 0.3 to 3 meters.
Although these devices are useful aids, drivers should not rely on them to guide the car out of a tight situation. It’s important to keep in mind that these items merely ‘assist’ with parking and reversing of the vehicle. Responsibility for handling a vehicle safely still lies with the driver.
Does your car have reverse assist technology? Do you think it has improved your awareness and safety when driving?
Have any motoring related questions that you would like us to answer? Our Motoring Advice Team provides professional advice for NRMA Members. You can reach the team on 13 11 22 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).