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Adding a Rear-View Camera

Many new cars offer the option of a rear-view camera. Usually, it's a luxury feature. But I added one to my car in about 3 hours. Here's how:

Update: On Feb 7th, 2009, I upgraded my cheapo camera to a proper one. This article has been updated to refer to the new camera, but you can still see pictures of the old one at the end of the article.

Parts List

Steps

With the help of my friend Richard, we drilled a hole into the body of my car. Warning: Do not do this until you are ready, as you can't undo it!

I pulled the trim panels off the inside of the trunk and had no problem running the wires all the way to my spare tire, where my CarPC is located. I reassembled everything and tested it out.

Here's a close-up of the camera.

Here's what it looks like on the back of my car. It's very slick, it looks like it's supposed to be there.

And finally, here's what the view from the camera looks like. (to be updated)

After wiring the camera in, the car PC setup has changed a bit since the photos from "Installation".
Some of the changes that were made based on the 1500 km I have driven since the Car PC was installed:

An updated shot of the underside:

Move on to Part 3 - The Software

Old Camera

This is the camera I had before. It worked, but the image quality was terrible and it suffered from water problems.


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