I get all that. I'm not saying that back up cameras are bad or unnecessary; but they are an aid--that's it. They are not fool proof, and they are not infallible. They have limitations. If it's unsafe to back up without one, then I guess everyone needs to stay home when it rains.Well, it's also physics that there is a huge spot behind the rear of a vehicle that is blind to someone looking over shoulder from drivers seat. If a kid is there and hit, it's called a backover. In front...frontover. Kids are killed. These cams reduce that chance.
In front, blind spot can be up to ten ft out. A ten ft blind spot can hide several kids hiding in a game of hide and seek.
If I used my eyes, even if I get out before reversing, and look behind my car, then rush back into seat and go into reverse and look over shoulder, a kid could still run there. The cam can see them when I can't.
No one is going to like every technology. But some have clear advantages.
I have started bringing up the front cam before pulling out of garage, my garage is in a laneway and kids play there. I like to check that one hasn't scampered there before I pull out.
You got me wondering, so I looked it up for Ontario and us too...can't use the back up cam. If I were taking the test, I'd be so afraid of looking at it I'd cover it up to be safe. Must be tricky being a tester. So many of these systems can be a bit hyper. Do you fail someone if they are chirped by the blind spot monitor? I truly believe it beeps at times when I am safe to do a lane change. I guess the testers get used to ignoring such things, and judging for themself.Here in PA, when people take their driver's license test, they are not allowed to utilize the back up camera on the test--there's a reason for that. There's too much reliance on it.
Those big trucks should have them, they're obviously at great risk for this issue. I know the law in North America is all new passenger vehicles must have back up cam. Not sure if larger trucks will be added to that in future.While not fail safe, the reason you see drivers of utility vehicles place orange cones front and rear is to insure that they check both ends before driving off.
Hm, I thought this Ultra Ever-Dry stuff would be the same as the many hydrophobic spray waxes/detail sprays on the market right now, but it appears to be a little better. I'm not sure how effective it would be in actual use though.What about just spraying it with a hydrophilic spray system? Would need to be reapplied every so often, but might be doable. Check out the videos from Ultra Ever-Dry