PART XXIX: THE NEED FOR REVERSE PARKING SYSTEMS:
I can’t imagine a car today without a reverse sensor!
It is a must have which I missed in my earlier cars.
Yes. I got it in my ALBUS, provided by the Dealer as freebie @ purchase.
Mine is a RVM clip on, 4 sensors type with human voice alert but without camera or led display.
The dealer team did all their gimmick to pass it on to me the cheap ‘on dash board’ buzzer type.
I insisted and got it, the one I wanted - mirror type with human voice alert.
I expected XENOS make but got the TORQ T-103V LED RVM with voice.
No issues, except its mounting on original RVM started giving vibration. First, I thought that the seating was imperfect, tried to correct it by providing a layer of foam in between but failed. I found it later that its glass and the holding frame had a small gap, I arrested it by putting a binder clip.
Even if you go for a camera type, complement with sensors & voice alert. I have come across that the camera gets damaged very easily during rain / water wash & needs replacement. It is better go with some brand like BLACKCAT, XENOS, AUTOCOP , RD etc., with warranty support. WORLDTECH is also very good brand which I have seen & cheaper.
The truth is that all most all of them are China make only. Choose the one according to your need:
Dashboard Standalone type / Dashboard Standalone monitor type / Mirror clip on type
Display VFD (Variable Fluorescent Display) & may be LED / LCD / TFT in case of monitors.
With USB / AV in / BT
Only with parking sensors
Reverse Camera with or without Parking Sensors
With wires / Wire free Wi-Fi
Or a GPS navigator with these facility.
Before ordering online, checkup the availability with local reputed auto stores, price may be less.
Regarding HONDA, both camera & sensors are not value for money.
I thought they would provide me Honda brand as freebie. But dealers save money by providing only the aftermarket brands.
BLACKCAT brand, preferred by Honda I understand which comes as standard in top Honda City variant. This can also be installed from outside at a cheaper price.
The wiring definitely needs a good auto electrician as the same is to be connected through ignition and not directly from battery. Checkup whether the dealer can help you, if not catch hold of a good auto electrician who have experience in this. Some brands like AUTOCOP , XENOS provide professional fitting.
According to HONDA or any car manufacture for that matter everything affects the warranty if any installation is not done by the authorized dealership or service center.
Newer systems are mostly plug and play so it should not be a problem. If not we can always get adapters that do not require cutting through any wires.
I prefer to go for parking sensors with voice alert. Whether you have sensors or cam, these can help you just 50% only and the rest you have to make good use of side rear view and inner rear view mirrors.
If you are not comfortable by putting an additional clip-on mirror over existing IRVM, go for the dash mountable display. Before buying, avoid some clip on IRVM displays which rattle at low speeds & show shaky image on display.
The six sensors type where the two meant for front, are useful in parallel parking when one has to really squeeze in to the closest to the pavement. Car owners who had front sensors have deactivated them within a week or two after purchase as the sound would be annoying in traffic prone bumper to bumper driving style.
Sensors give us a sound whose intensity increases as the object getting closer, camera gives us a picture of the object but then we have to judge the distance. Both have pros / cons.
Sensors sense anywhere between 1.5 meters to 10cm, depending upon the brand and the specification. Sometimes, some small objects cannot be detected. During rains also, some of them malfunction. The camera covers the area which neither mirror can, and can help you out with small things like a pavement, a small pole sticking out of the road etc. Some prefer Installing both . Analyze everything and the choice is yours!