With printed maps looking to be a thing of the past thanks to the increasing popularity of GPS devices, it is becoming more and more common for individuals and companies with vehicle fleets to purchase these units after market. Another automotive innovation, reversing camera systems that make reversing safer and easier, are also fast becoming popular motor accessories, particularly given the prevalence of avoidable accidents where obscured vision has lead to damaged vehicles, property and equipment,serious injury or even death. "Aside from the safety aspect, the ease with which you can reverse and manoeuvre a vehicle with a rear vision camera is very appealing," said Greg Wharton, director of Reverseasy which offers a combined GPS and rear vision camera/monitor system. "With the combined technology in Reverseasy's GPS Rear Vision Camera System the cost benefits are quite significant," he said. "You're only paying for one monitor, one set of wiring and one installation service.
Anyone considering the purchase of either a GPS device or camera system should seriously consider a device that combines the two." "While people should be wary of cheap, low quality products with no guarantee or installation service, a high quality system is still very affordable and worth the investment," Mr Wharton said, "especially when considering the incidence of children suffering severe injury and death as a result of one driveway accident every week, as highlighted in recent months." The Reverseasy two-in-one GPS and Rear Vision Camera system gives Australia-wide mapping along with the improved rear vision. A colour LCD screen is mounted on the windscreen or dashboard. The system is wired to default to the GPS mapping screen but will switch to the rear vision camera automatically when the driver selects the reverse gear. The wide angle profile of the camera lens allows drivers to see an area wider than the car, so reversing becomes much safer and easier.
The system comprises up to two rear vision cameras, 12.7cm (5 inch) touch screen, turn-by-turn voice prompting, auto re-route and multiple routing methods. Mr Wharton said as awareness of the convenience and safety benefits of GPS and reversing technology grows, more and more vehicle owners with different needs are having them fitted. "We are seeing owners having our products fitted to all types of vehicles including utes, 4WDs, vans, buses, trucks, and even emergency vehicles, horse floats and cranes," he said. The products can be purchased and fully installed, or can be fitted by the purchaser, although some knowledge of how to fit-out is required. A GPS Rear Vision Camera system from Reverseasy costs from $1145.
For information on the entire Reverseasy range of motoring accessories, call 03 9897 3611 or visit www.reverseasy.com.au.