Settling into the driver's seat of a modern, 2012 model year automobile means that you'll be facing quite a few LCD screens. You've got the display for the audio system, sometimes a color screen for navigation, the occasional standalone climate control display, the monochromatic trip computer/vehicle settings LCD in the instrument cluster, and sometimes the instrument cluster itself is just one big LCD. Lots of screens demanding more and more of the driver's visual attention.
Sometimes, it's good to simplify and consolidate these screens down to a more manageable number. Many drivers chose to do this by using one of the best multitasking tools known to man: the humble smartphone. Your average smartphone can juggle turn-by-turn directions, audio directions, voice commands, reading text messages aloud, and a host of other entertainment functions, all within the confines of its palm-sized screen. As many readers will be quick to point out, the other side of this double-edged sword is that the phone can also be a huge distraction itself.
Today, however, I'll be looking at a piece of future tech that can combine with your smartphone to actually make your car safer.
Can I add a rearview camera without adding another screen?
Hi Antuan, I am just wondering if you know of a wireless backup camera designed to work with smartphones to make the installation process simpler and make use of a screen that many people already ha... [Read more]