This is the camera unit that does the work for the HitchCam. It can be mounted easily for
One of the toughest jobs a driver faces is getting his equipment rehitched when all his help has gone elsewhere. Backing the truck up to the trailer using the mirror is a task the veterans can handle with relative ease, but a novice could use a little assistance.
Some teams have found the great value of another pair of eyes in the form of a camera assisting them with tasks like rehitching. The HitchCam, developed by ShowFX Inc., took the situation into consideration after a study of accidents caused by improper backing and the amount of resulting damage.
The HitchCam is mounted on this Sierra pickup.
The HitchCam was exposed to the world during the 2002 SEMA show in Las Vegas and earned runner-up honors in the mobile electronics division of the new products competition. The innovative rearview camera securely integrates with a vehicle's standard 2-inch hitch receiver. It offers a wide-angle lens video camera protected by an aluminum hitch cover, a 3.5-inch color LCD monitor, and a 25-foot power/video cable.
For 2003, the company developed some new designs to open up more opportunity. The FrameCam consists of a standard license plate frame with a rearview camera integrated into the design. "We are pioneering technology into the consumer market by helping people drive with a better rear view," says HitchCam President Dave Mendoza. "FrameCam is the safety solution for every end user on the road today."
Drivers have a 3.5-inch monitor to see what is behind them. The view can prevent backing a
A similar option is open in the presence of the UniCam, which is mounted on the bumper or the rear hatch, depending upon vehicle type.
VizuaLogic, a division of TMI Products, has incorporated the HindSight monitoring system to support those wishing to avoid unwelcome backing accidents. The camera is stealth-mounted into a vehicle's bumper cover or mounted securely under the bumper with the idea of providing no unsightly appearance. The camera automatically turns on when the transmission is placed in reverse. A 3.5-inch, full-color TFT reverse image monitor captures a 120 degree viewing angle. The camera also features excellent low light visibility.
The latest edition of the camera systems is the FrameCam. It's a simple license plate frame that allows the driver a rear view.
VizuaLogic has developed the HindSight backup system. It can be installed on the vehicle in less than an hour and can be color coordinated and style matched for a better appearance.
HitchCam, Show FX Inc
VizuaLogic, TMI Products