Back up Cameras: the newest standard in vehicle safety
How it works
The Momento R1 works exactly like backup cameras sold in newer vehicles – except instead of a separate screen, the R1 has a built-in LCD that is connected to cameras installed at the front and rear of your vehicle.
While you are driving normally, the Momento R1 screen remains off until you shift into reverse gear.
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What to know about Backup Cameras
If your car doesn’t currently have a backup camera, also called a rearview camera, it’s likely that your next new vehicle will. As of May 2018, federal law has required that all new passenger cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds be equipped with rearview monitoring technology. And in most cases that means rear-mounted video cameras.
Rearview mirrors have been a fundamental piece of motor vehicle equipment for more than a century. But as useful as mirrors are, they have a couple of significant drawbacks: They don’t help you see what’s directly behind your car below the level of the rear window, and they don’t provide a wide-angle view.
According to the latest available government statistics, those shortcomings result in about 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries every year from backover accidents involving light vehicles. Tragically, 31 percent of those fatalities involve children under the age of 5. And the statistics don’t begin to take into account those incidents in which a driver backs into something or runs over a bicycle, toy or other object.
Advantages of Backup Cameras
Clearly, the most obvious benefit of a rear-facing camera is that it helps avert injury-causing and potentially fatal backover accidents by expanding your field of vision, particularly below the rear window or trunk level. Cameras also increase your ability to see beyond the width of a mirror’s image, helping to eliminate blind spots. But in addition to helping protect people and property behind a vehicle, cameras have a number of other benefits as well.
For example, backup cameras can help you park more quickly and safely. Rear-facing cameras give the driver a much clearer and more accurate view of obstacles behind the car, and most backup systems include a warning tone that lets you know when you’re getting too close to an object.
Almost all backup cameras feature on-screen guidelines: two parallel lines that help direct you into or out of parking spaces more easily. Some also feature a middle line that can help you keep the vehicle centered in the space. Modern color displays allow the system to change the color of the guidelines from green to yellow to red as you get closer to an obstruction. And that, combined with an audible warning from rear-facing sensors, can be very useful in preventing backover accidents.
If you tow a trailer, a backup camera can be especially helpful. The camera gives you a close-up view of the trailer as you line it up with your vehicle’s hitch, while line color and audible sensors keep you posted on distance.
Source: Peter Gareffa, Edmunds.com
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The newest cars on the market come equipped with cameras and sensors. This is no longer a luxury add-on, but instead a standard safety feature. Back-up cameras and sensors can save you money and heartache by avoiding collisions. Cameras can also make maneuvering a trailer much less frustrating.
Most cameras can be interfaced with an existing monitor or an aftermarket rear-view mirror with a built-in screen. Call today to find the perfect solution for your vehicle!
The R1 mirror has a hidden environment sensor that will automatically adjust the brightness of the LCD in different lighting.
In addition, if the R1 mirror is connected to a Momento C3 camera, the LEDs on the camera will adjust to the external lighting.
When you shift into reverse gear, the Momento R1 screen comes to life, showing you what is happening at the front and rear of your vehicle.
The Momento R1 also has parking lines to provide guidance when approaching a nearby object.