Former Apple employees announce the Pearl RearVision wireless car backup camera

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I have wanted a backup camera for my MINI Cooper for years but haven’t made the effort to install one because of the wiring that’s involved. I kept thinking that someone would come up with a wireless version that could interface with my smartphone. I’m happy to say that my wait is over. Well almost… Dozens of former Apple employees have teamed up to create RearVision which has 2 HD wide angle backup cameras that are built into a frame that you install over your license plate. The frame even has solar panels that power the cameras so no wiring is needed. There’s a small adapter that plugs into the OBD port of your car and the RearVision pairs via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android smartphone to provide a live view when you’re backing up and audible alerts when objects block your path. The Pearl RearVision camera is now available for pre-order for $499.99 with shipping estimated for September 2016. For more info visit pearlauto.com.

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  • nyb June 21, 2016, 10:57 am

    Have you had a chance to use this product? Even though initial installation looks pretty easy, I think I would be annoyed afterwards to have to turn on/off an app every time I go into reverse (I’m assuming that the app doesn’t “pop up” by itself). On the other hand, perhaps it would prevent me from forgetting my phone when I leave the house 🙂

    Years ago, I wired up a rear view camera with an integrated monitor in the mirror. It’s still the best aftermarket purchase I’ve made for my car. I think anyone who can change a screen on a phone can tackle a project like this, and there are plenty of car forums that can coach you through the process. From what I recall, the most difficult procedures were drilling some holes through the sheetmetal and pigtailing the electronics to access power and car’s reverse “signal”. However, its a far more elegant in integration and convenience in the end.

    • Julie Strietelmeier June 21, 2016, 11:01 am

      No, I’ve not tried it because it’s not available yet. This is just a news post announcing a new product. I hope to be able to try it though.

  • Betty Widerski June 21, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Someone needs to design the equivalent of a USB hub for OBD ports, for those of us who already have a device occupying ours (an Automatic dongle in my case)!

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