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Anyone install a backup camera?

I bought a new 2008 Nitro SLT and am putting a backup camera in. I ordered a HitchCAM (hitchcam.com) and it mounts in the 2" receiver and uses the 7 pin trailer plug for power. I'll be installing it this weekend.

Has anyone else added one to theirs?

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Backup Camera Legislation Delayed

Mandatory Backup Camera Legislation Delayed

By Rachel Smith

Posted: Mar 01, 2011



Backup cameras are becoming common features on passenger vehicles, and with good reason. They help drivers see beyond their line of site, and as a result, they’ve helped save lives. In fact, backup cameras are so critical, that the government wants to make them standard on all vehicles.

Unfortunately, that law may go into effect much later than 2014. “The Obama administration has asked for more time to finalize proposed rules that would require backup cameras in all vehicles by late 2014,” Mother Proof reports.

USA Today adds, “The feds have put off for as long as 10 months a rule that would require backup cameras on most cars and trucks.” Adding, “NHTSA didn't say if the extra time would delay the implementation of backup cameras. The phase-in as originally planned: 10% of new vehicles would have backup cameras by September 2012, 40% by September 2013 and 100% by September 2014.”

According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “asked Congress to grant it more time before it finalizes the rules that were to be completed by Monday.” The Detroit News adds, “In December, the agency announced its proposal that would seek to save about 100 people killed annually when cars mistakenly back over them -- especially small children.”

Approximately 300 people die in backup crashes annually. One hundred of these deaths are child fatalities and one third involves people 70 and older. Standard backup cameras will save lives, but not everyone supports the strict legislation. “The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — a lobbying group that represents the Detroit Three and other big players like Toyota, Mazda and Volkswagen — has opposed the regulation because it’s too costly,” says Kicking Tires. “If the rule is finalized, the backup cameras would cost the industry $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion annually, according to NHTSA.”

 

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Rear-Veiw Camera

I am in the process of installing a camera on my 07 nitro, I haven't drilled the hole yet for the camera, because I am looking for some idea's on which is the easiest way to run the wire from the rear to the monitor. I can mount in the rear bumber and try to go thru and under the carpet or mount in tailgate and run through the headliner. If anyone has any idea's on this I would appreciate all the help I can get.
 

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Installing Rear-view Camera

I am in the process of installing a camera on my 07 nitro, I haven't drilled the hole yet for the camera, because I am looking for some idea's on which is the easiest way to run the wire from the rear to the monitor. I can mount in the rear number and try to go thru and under the carpet or mount in tailgate and run through the headliner. If anyone has any idea's on this I would appreciate all the help I can get.
 

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The link takes me to this thread! I purchased a Coastal Minicam Camera when I purchased my Lockpick. I mounted my camera on the under side of my license plat brow so I have a good view of my hitch ball. I ran the RCA cable through the hatch, and on the passenger side up to the dash.

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Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

Sep 25, 2013

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally backed over their children.

The lawsuit asks the court to direct the DOT to issue a backover rule within 90 days and monitor the DOT’s compliance with the court’s order. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2008 directed the DOT to issue a rule requiring significantly improved rear visibility in new consumer vehicles, through backup cameras or other means. The bill passed Congress and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

In the rule the DOT proposed in 2010 but did not finalize, the agency estimated that 95 to 112 deaths and 7,072 to 8,374 injuries each year would be prevented when implemented.

Congress ordered the rule to be issued by 2011, but after repeated delays, in June 2013, the DOT again postponed the rule until January 2015, stating that it needs more time for study, even though the agency characterizes the research it has already done as “extensive.”


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday that it will add rearview video systems to its list of “recommended” features under the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Safety groups said that was “insufficient,” calling for mandatory rearview cameras.

In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that “While adding this technology to our list of safety features is important, I remain committed to implementing the rear visibility rule as well.”

According to safety groups, more than 200 people are killed and 18,000 injured in “backover” crashes. Using all three mirrors, drivers cannot see a blind zone several feet behind their vehicles. Forty-four percent of backover fatalities are children under the age of five. An average of 50 kids are injured each week, two fatally, by backover crashes.

By the DOT’s estimates, its delay past the statutory deadline has allowed between 237 and 280 preventable deaths so far – at least half of them children – and thousands of preventable injuries. By the same estimates, another 118 to 140 people will die in preventable backover crashes by the time of the DOT’s projected regulation in 2015.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Dr. Greg Gulbransen, Susan Auriemma, Consumers Union of the United States, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars, Inc., represented by Public Citizen. Auriemma backed over her 3-year-old daughter in 2005, injuring her. Gulbransen backed over his 2-year-oldson Cameron in 2002, killing him. The 2008 law is named after him.

Joan Claybrook, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and president emeritus of Public Citizen, said that further delays in issuing the safety standard are “unacceptable and unnecessary,” stating further, “I know that there is enough data to take action today.”

“We know there’s a problem, we know there’s a simple solution,” said Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, Inc. “The Transportation Department has a mission, duty and obligation to protect the public, but every day it stalls this rule, Americans unnecessarily remain in danger.”

Rearview camera systems are available on seven in 10 new vehicles, either as standard or optional equipment.
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I mounted my camera under the license plate brow, to the left of the plate. I drilled a hole in the brow, and ran the wires into the rear gate. I had to remove the rear gate interior panel. Then I ran the wires up around the rear window, on the driver's side, and then through the wire bundle that runs from the rear gate to the roof.

Then, I had to remove the right rear interior panel, the scuff plates on both doors on the passenger side and the passenger side foot well panel. I then ran the wires from the middle of the roof and down the passenger side.

I am using a Lockpick to activate the camera as my RBZ mygig does not have a jack for a rear camera. For a camera, I chose the Lockpick minicam, both made by Coastal. I purchased them as a set, which allowed me to save a little money.





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I did something similar. I attached my camera under the bumper, then ran it to the cigarette lighter in the cargo area for power. I attached a transmitter to the video camera under the bumper and the receiver behind the stereo. Thereby eliminating extra time and labor by not having to run wires from the rear of the vehicle to the front. The wireless kit ran about $18 (US).
 

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I considered a wireless kit a long time ago. The one that I was looking at was for hooking up a trailer. The camera had a magnetic base and sat on the receiver. It use a 9v battery. The monitor plugged into the power outlet on the dash. Thus, it was not permanent.

BTW, somewhere along the line, Dodge eliminated the power outlet in the cargo area. I do not have one. Some years the wires were still in by the jack, but by 2011, everything was gone.

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Rear cameras help drivers see behind them

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

03/17/2014

Rear cameras are more effective than parking sensors at helping drivers avoid objects while traveling in reverse, but they don't help in every situation, a new IIHS study shows.

The study, conducted with volunteer drivers in an empty parking lot in the Los Angeles area, indicates that cameras would help prevent more backover crashes into pedestrians in the vehicle's blind zone than parking sensors. Surprisingly, cameras by themselves worked better than sensors and cameras combined.

"Right now cameras appear to be the most promising technology for addressing this particularly tragic type of crash, which frequently claims the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes," says David Zuby, the Institute's executive vice president and chief research officer.

An estimated 292 people are killed and 18,000 injured each year by drivers who back into them, usually in driveways or parking lots. Young children and elderly people are most likely to be killed in such crashes. Backover risk is increased by the large blind zones of many vehicles, which prevent drivers from seeing objects behind the rear bumper, especially objects that are low to the ground. SUVs and pickup trucks typically have the biggest blind zones, and they are involved in more backover crashes than cars.
Measuring blind zones

The research with volunteer drivers was the second of two IIHS studies that looked at how parking sensors and backup cameras increase visibility and help drivers avoid backovers. The first one measured the visibility of children to an average-size male driver in 21 vehicles, all 2010-13 models, and the degree to which each kind of technology improved visibility and detection.

In the visibility study, researchers used a pole painted with different bands to represent the average height and head size of a 12-15 month-old, a 2½-3 year-old and a 5-6 year-old. The pole was placed at various points behind each vehicle to see which portions of it were visible. The band representing the 12-15 month-old was much harder to see than the bands representing older children. On average, if it was anywhere within about 27 feet of the rear bumper, it couldn't be seen using glances and mirrors alone.

Without added technology, large SUVs were found to have the worst rear visibility, while small cars had the best. In general, the larger the vehicle, the worse the visibility.

However, the Hyundai Sonata, a midsize car, was an exception. At 263 square feet, its blind zone for a 12-15 month-old was 42 percent larger than that of the F-150 pickup truck. The Sonata's large blind zone is due in part to an extremely sloped rear window and tall rear trunk lid, while the F-150 benefited from large side mirrors designed to help with towing.

Backup cameras reduced the blind zone by about 90 percent on average. Parking sensors, which use ultrasonic sound waves or radar to detect objects around the vehicle, also reduced blind zones, but not as much. In the eight vehicles that had both technologies, the parking sensors had a small added benefit of 2-3 percentage points beyond the reductions provided by the cameras alone.

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NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology

NHTSA 09-14
Monday, March 31, 2014
Contact: Nathan Naylor, 202-366-9550, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.

"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."

Today's final rule requires all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018, to come equipped with rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver of a motor vehicle to detect areas behind the vehicle to reduce death and injury resulting from backover incidents. The field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet other requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.

"Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. "We're already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today."

On average, there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by backover crashes. NHTSA has found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities each year, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent.

NHTSA took time on this regulation to ensure that the policy was right and make the rule flexible and achievable. In fact, at this point, many companies are installing rear visibility systems on their own, due to consumer demand. Including vehicles that already have systems installed, 58 to 69 lives are expected to be saved each year once the entire on-road vehicle fleet is equipped with rear visibility systems meeting the requirements of today's final rule.

The final rule complements action taken by the agency last year to incorporate rear visibility technology into the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). NHTSA's NCAP program – widely known for its 5-Star Safety Ratings – highlights for consumers the vehicle makes and models that are equipped with the agency's Recommended Advanced Technology Features that can help drivers avoid crashes and reduce other safety risks. Forward collision warning (FCW) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems are also highlighted under NCAP on Home | Safercar -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

To help prevent future deaths and injuries, especially those involving small children, NHTSA offers these important safety tips.


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Dodge Nitro: Installing Rear License Camera

07/29/2014




I chose the TaoTronics® TT-CC17 Waterproof Color CMOS Car License Plate Frame Mount Rear View Backup Camera with 8 IR LED Night Vision (170 Degree Viewing Angle / Distance Scale Line / Zinc Metal Casing / Black) for the rear camera install to be used with installed MyGIG V5 Lockpick. A chrome camera and frame is available in silver. If you register this product “Online” the warranty will be increased to 18 months.



Technical Details
Color: Black
• Specification: 1> H. Resolutions: 656 x 492 pixels; 420 TV Lines; 2> Min. Illumination: 0 lux with IR on; 3> Video Output: RCA connector, 1.25V p-p, 75 ohm; 4> Power Sourse: DC 12V; 5> Operating Temp: -13 ~ 149 Deg. F RH 95% Max;
• Compatible with: TaoTronics TT-CM Series: TT-CM01, TT-CM03, TT-CM04.
• Compatible with: Pioneer NEX Series: AVH-4000NEX, AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and any other models with RCA Input.
• Compatible with: Kenwood Mobile Video: DDX770, DDX470, DDX370, DNX800HD, DNX570HD; Navigation: DNN770HD, DNN570HD and any other models with RCA Input.

Installation: 1> Mount the camera on the license plate and fix it with the existing screws. 2> Complete all of the required connections. 3> Change the shift lever to the R (Reverse) range to view the image of the rear of the vehicle. 4> Use the L-wrench to adjust the camera angle so that the rear bumper is visible, then tighten the hex screws firmly. 5> Fix the camera firmly in position.(we recommend you to ask a professional for help if you have no experience on installing a car rear view system)
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Product Description
Color: Black
Built to Last

The TT-CC17's cover is made to handle everything Mother Nature has to offer. Formed of sold zinc and painted with a thick, black, weather-proof coating, it can handle everything from the most horrendous weather to the most powerful pressure washers.
Extra-Wide Viewing Angle

Included are 8 infrared (IR) LED's to safely light your way; day or night! Moreover, the TT-CC17 was built using a PC1030 CMOS image sensor, which provides high definition images to your rearview monitor, in-dash TV, DVR, or any other RCA-compatible video input giving you the best possible view. The TT-CC17 has a mirror image and only supports the NTSC video mode system.

Adjusts to the Perfect View

In addition to its safety features and quality build, the TT-CC17 can be adjusted in up and down to capture the perfect viewing angle and with a 170 degree field of vision, you won't be hindered by blind spots while reversing.

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And with our unique "distance scale guidelines" you will always know just how far objects or unsafe obstacles are from your vehicle.
Package Includes:
- 1 x TT-CC17;
- 1 x Power Cable;
- 1 x 20 ft RCA Video Cable;
- 1 x Allen-Wrench;
- 1 x User Manual.
(monitor and hardware are not included)

• Quality zinc metal license mount camera frame with IP-67 grade waterproof & dustproof, works well in atrocious weather;
• HD Color CMOS (PC1030, 656*492) imager, with 8 infared LEDs, excellent night vision performance, provides safety reversing both in day & night;
• Macro camera lens with 170-Deg diagonal wide viewing, 120-Deg up and down tiltable, allows you to adjust it to best shooting angle;
• Built-in grid lines as a trapezoid electronic ruler, 3ft measured by every interval, keeps you much more secure while reversing;
• Mounts easily on the license plate with the existing screws, ideal for most vehicles that use a standard U.S. or Canada license plate.

I modified the rear license plate mounting to utilize all four screws/
See link install front & rear License Plates

Removed inside tailgate panel that just pulls off from retaining clips after removing two bolts located on bottom lip.




Using the new camera frame after mounted to the top and installing new bottom plastic bottom nuts I determined that a ½ hole (tight fit) drilled right about two inches from the license plate top nut on left drivers side would work. (see picture)



I ran these cables up the pre-existing wiring on the left inside the tailgate using wire ties as I went.

 

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I spliced in two new wires not supplied, one red and one black 18 gauge to run to the already installed MYGIG Lockpick hook-up behind the glove box door on the right lower dashboard. The 20 ft RCA Video Cable supplied will work just fine. I then used an opening just left of the upper boot ran inside and brought outside the boot and tucked all three wires along and down the right passenger side of the inside tailgate weather-strip, after removing the bottom latch cover, that just pulls off.





From then all I cheated finding a path for all cables up the front without removing inside trim panels. Using a fish tape I ran wiring up interior back panel. (vehicle has Load/N/Go)

 

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At the rear of the right rear seat mechanism I installed a flex tubing wire shield to keep wires from getting caught. You could just use a rubber hose instead. Run cables through before advancing.




Going forward I just tucked the rear camera wiring under door sill plastic plates RR and RF that overlaps carpet. I think this will protect the cables and not be subject to any shorting in the future. Cables exit above the right cowl plastic panels
Hooking both cameras up to the newly installed MYGIG V5 Lockpick is simple by just installing all wiring per their simple instructions. As you may have noticed I used the Lockpick supplied grounding connection located on the Lockpick did require one additional wire from each camera, but felt this was the best option.
Depending how observant you are, did you notice the range of dates on pictures of this total Lockpick & cameras install? Much longer than the one or two days needed, I guess. Well I have an excuse, just look at the below picture.



Yes I started this project with a boot cast from a fractured fibula and ended it with it still on. Was in no rush being on some good pain meds, anyway.

Good Luck On Your Install!




Other Links that you might want to visit too:

How to install front and rear Nitro license plates

How to install a front view camera on a Nitro

How to install MYGIG Lockpick V.5 on a Nitro
 

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Rearview Cameras Required in 2018

Made in Michigan


11. September 2014



These are automotive rearview cameras:

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC. - Produces 10 millionth rearview camera

They are the sort of thing that you’d image would be produced in a place like China, Thailand, India, or some other country far, far away from Michigan.

Come 2018, there are going to be a whole lot of rearview cameras made and deployed because the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a rule that calls for some sort of rear-visibility technology on all vehicles under 10,000 lb., which pretty much includes all light cars and trucks. And cameras fit the bill.

But speaking of a whole lot of cameras, that picture is of product from Magna International Inc.

What’s notable is that they were produced in a 130,000-square-foot facility. . .in Holly, Michigan.

What’s more: Magna Electronics Holly has produced 10-million of them.

And according to Magna, it is the only rearview camera maker in the U.S.

Who knew?
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Cadillac Takes the Rearview Mirror One Step Beyond



24. December 2014



One of the most-helpful technologies deployed on cars of late—so helpful that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring it on all cars, trucks and SUVs by May 2018—is the rear-view backup camera.

Cadillac is taking that sort of tech one step further by developing a high-resolution, streaming video rearview mirror.

The mirror display, integrated with a conventional electrochromatic rearview mirror, is based on a 1,280 x 240-pixel TFT-LCD display. There is a HD camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle. It has a hydrophobic coating to keep the lens clean.

By having the video display active, obstructions to view such as roof pillars and cabin occupants are eliminated.

Cadillac engineers estimate that the field of vision is improved by some 300%.

Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 chief engineer (and the system will debut on the CT6, which is going to be introduced next year), says, “The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down.”

But in this case, no hair need be messed up.

And speaking of combed hair (or applying mascara), it is worth noting that the streaming video mirror has a toggle on its bottom that allows the streaming to be shut off and the normal mirror function to be displayed.

Display provides 171 pixels per inch, providing a sharper image.


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Electronic rear-view Mirror

Feds Approve Rear Camera Mirror from Cadillac CT6



Feb 24, 2016


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved the electronic rear-view mirror used in the new Cadillac CT6.

An electronic display replaces the rear-view mirror and shows a live feed from cameras mounted at the back of the car, a system which GM says delivers a wider view of the road behind you. NHTSA has decided that the system meets U.S. vehicle safety standards, which require cars to be equipped with “an inside rearview mirror of unit magnification.”

In this case, the unit found in the CT6 is also a mirror, so the ruling essentially says that as long as the mirror’s secondary functions don’t impede it, that it is within regulation.

“We do not currently have safety concerns about your system,” wrote NHTSA chief counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh in a letter. “We note, however, if a manufacturer were to offer a system whose design, performance or usage was found to create an unreasonable risk to safety, that system would be subject to a recall.”

The mirror unit comes from supplier Gentex and will be the first of its kind to hit the market. The upcoming Cadillac XT5 crossover and Bolt electric car will also use the technology.

Honda and Tesla are two other companies that offer cameras with live feed in their cars, although Tesla’s request for replacing its side mirrors with e-mirrors was not approved.


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