Backup-Camera Options Grow

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Steelmate USA added 12 backup-camera models to its iPark lineup, and Magellan announced that its $299-suggested RoadMate 9055 PND with 7-inch screen will accept an optional backup camera in the future.

Steelmate’s selection includes 10 vehiclespecific models and two universal models. The products are classified into two groups: one using CMOS camera technology and the other using CCD technology. Models in the former category retail for a suggested $160, while the latter are $180.

All of the new cameras feature 170-degree- angle view and 1/3-inch cameras, and they mount where the normal license plate light would be, said John Lombard, national sales manager. “There is no drilling or cutting on the vehicle.”

The new vehicle-specific CMOS cameras are designed for the Chrysler/Dodge/VW Minivan 2009 model year and newer; Hyundai Santa Fe 2010 and newer; Ford Transit Van 2009 and newer; and Subaru Forester 2009 and newer. One CMOS SKU is designed for the 2009 and later Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook.

The vehicle-specific CCD models include SKUs for the 2009 Cadillac CTS Sedan/ Coupe/Wagon, Lexus ES350 Sedan 2009 and newer, Ford Edge 2009 and newer, Buick La Crosse 2010 and newer, Mercedes GLK 2009 and newer; and Cadillac STS Sedan 2009 and newer.

The two universal cameras use CMOS technology and a wedge design for a low-profile installation. One adds a front-viewing option. “Most times this can’t be done because the image is reversed,” Lombard explained.

All of the cameras are currently available. A separate 3-inch monitor is available for users who don’t want an in-dash display.

At Magellan, the newly available RoadMate 9055 PND is the first of a select group of Magellan GPS units that will support a new, proprietary Magellan backup camera scheduled for spring availability. The PND’s large-7- inch display makes it suitable for RVs, SUVs, minivans and other large-cab vehicles.


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