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Old 08-01-2016, 12:58 AM   #1
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Wonder if there is a back-up camera that can also record as the driver is backing up, I have the back-up camera on our 2010 Chevy-RoadTrek along with another back-up camera that I installed and I can operate at anytime. This camera is set at an angle so that I am able to see part of the rear and the passenger side.

I also have a back-up beeping alarm sound, and still people will walk behind the RT, drivers will still go by when I am backing up, folks just ignoring the beeping alarm and see me backing up.

If I would hit a pedestrian walking by as I was backing up, or I should strike a vehicle passing by my RT I would be at fault, with a back-up camera recording at least I would have some proof all though the driver is always at fault.

Note: I always try to back-up into a parking spot in a parking lot so that I can drive off instead of backing out.

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Old 08-01-2016, 02:30 AM   #2
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Those 360-degree "bird view" cameras will record constantly. You could just install the rear cam if you like. I installed one. See my report over at Sprinter-Source:

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I am surprised (and disappointed) that there are not more cameras on today's vehicles.

eg. there should be a right side camera for the blind spot, with a corresponding large screen on the dash.
(the lowly Honda Fit has it !!!)

With today's inexpensive memory cards, all the cameras should be on continuous recording.
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Cameras can be distracting. Mercedes Benz has blind spot detection with a red triangle light on the rear view mirrors and warning beeps.

Back up cameras are useful since you are going rather slow. However, with or without, if you hit a pedestrian I believe it is still your fault. You are supposed to use all cautions including your own visual checking. What good would recording do other than provide proof of your negligence?

The 360 degree cameras are cool. I picked up my Advanced RV and they were working on installing their first on an ARV just after mine. So I missed out on that development.
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Some Dash Cams are available with a reverse camera option
For example:
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod501486.html

Is that what you were looking for?
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I agree that cameras turn out to be not as good as one would think. Having experienced both, I vastly prefer the MB blind-spot detect radar.
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I like both, cameras and radar. Radar may spot something a camera doesn't.
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I already have two back up camera's, one when you put the vehicle in reverse, the other one I can activate at my pleasure. I would like to install a camera to record when I am backing up.
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How does the radar work? Were can you buy one?
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I already have two back up camera's, one when you put the vehicle in reverse, the other one I can activate at my pleasure. I would like to install a camera to record when I am backing up.
As I said, the 360-degree cams do exactly that. If you don't want the all-around view, you can just install the rear cam (or use your existing one). The recording happens on a compact-flash card that you can transfer to your computer.

The radar that I was referring to is an option on current production Sprinters. I don't know if the feature can be had aftermarket, but I bet it would be a challenge.
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