Add backup camera to base/hybrid?

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    Add backup camera to base/hybrid?

    I'm hoping Acura prewires the ILX for the camera, has anyone checked? This was the case for the 93-95 Acura Legend CD changer. Based on part numbers, it seems the base and premium have the same headunit and LCD display but I don't know if there is anything else we would need. That website could also be wrong. There is a part in the Smart Unit that is listed as the "back-up unit", anyone know what that is?


    Base head unit
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    There is a law that mandates that all cars have back-up cameras by 2011. Obviously the implementation of this law has been delayed a bit, but it is an extra reason why Acura should just bite the bullet and put a back-up camera in all its vehicles as standard. I mean if they are trying to be a luxury brand, they could start by adhering to government regulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    There is a law that mandates that all cars have back-up cameras by 2011. Obviously the implementation of this law has been delayed a bit, but it is an extra reason why Acura should just bite the bullet and put a back-up camera in all its vehicles as standard. I mean if they are trying to be a luxury brand, they could start by adhering to government regulations.
    Yeah if they start doing that it will make their cars comply with future laws and be even more driver friendly.
    Plus it's something they can use as ammo to advertise, since it will not only help them when backing up and seeing what's going on behind but also lower their insurance rate
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    i had never though tabout how safety features may lower insurance rates. That is a great reason to invest in a safer vehicle. It wouldn't cost companies much at all to install these back-up cameras. i don't see why it hasn't rolled out onto almost every vehicle by now. I was reading about how the rear view mirror will soon be a relic as cars are equipped with these back-up cameras. It seems like a much better way to go about seeing behind the car. People will just need to be sure to get the camera fixed if it ever breaks because they won't have a rear view mirror to fall back on.
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    its really hard to say. you could buy all the wiring and the camera and try to hook it up and see if it works. but if the programming isn't there. it still won't work. if there is a module somewhere missing. it probably wont work.

    i think its cheaper and less of a headache to just get an aftermarket backup camera.

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    Yeah I agree it would be less of a hassle to just grab an aftermarket camera kit. And down the road if deside to sell you can carry the system to the next car if you want.
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    Is it hard to install an after-market back-up camera yourself. I am just wondering where you would put the screen on the inside of the vehicle. It would likely look out of place. I don't see how you could integrate it into the interior. Like Maverick said, these cameras are supposed to be standard on every vehicle in the US, so it is weird to not see it come standard at least on luxury vehicles in the US.
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