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sudo   4/16/2012 10:23:35 PM
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OK, I'm a camera convert! :-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2012 7:09:46 PM
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Sorry -- I actually intended this for the comment above you -- the one from SteveD_Aus about trailers -- no sarcasm intended

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Ed Baker   4/16/2012 3:53:57 PM
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Aah - sarcasm? :-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2012 2:11:44 PM
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Good Point -- I hadn't thought about that -- Max

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Max The Magnificent   4/16/2012 2:09:21 PM
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Hi Dave -- although there aren't any real young kids in our neighborhood, I must admit that I have thought about this while looking at the camera display thinking that It gives me a lot of confidence that there isn't a kid behind me...

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Ed Baker   4/16/2012 10:24:52 AM
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While I can see the driver appeal of such a vehicle I do wonder whether it gives the right kind of message. Yes, it can take 5 grown adults plus luggage but how often do you really do this? Here in the UK, fuel costs (according to my calculations) $8.50 per US gallon. (A US gallon being 3.68 litres and £1.48 per litre at £1 = $1.58) Now surely most of that is tax, which is a debate for another day, but as resources become scarce and prices rise I wonder if we will look back and wonder why "we" squandered said resources on vehicles which took a (US) gallon of irreplaceable fossil fuel to (normally) transport a single human about 20 miles. Please correct me on the actual mpg but that's what I think is a reasonable estimate. Of course, it's your money and you are free to spend it as you wish but it seems that in these days of dwindling natural resources and greater emphasis on efficiency from the electronics sector that we should be leading the drive for efficiency. Not a personal attack - please don't take it that way. Kind regards, Ed.

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SteveD_Aus   4/16/2012 7:04:28 AM
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Cameras are also good when it's time to hook up a heavy trailer... ;-)

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David Ashton   4/16/2012 5:20:13 AM
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The one advantage of Cameras is that they will pretty well always pick up kids, whereas they may not be picked up as easily by a distance sensor. The number of kids that get run over by parents reversing in driveways here in Australia is frightening. I don't know what that is like in the States?

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sudo   4/16/2012 3:35:06 AM
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Having the reversing camera is increasingly common on cars and probably quite a nice feature but I wonder if this is an example of technology for technology's sake. Make no mistake, I think reversing sensors are great and they have probably prevented many small accidents. For example, my car has got sensors with a bit of electronics and it beeps at me with icreasing levels of concern as I get nearer to objects behind me. It's a really good feature that seems to work quite well and since the signalling is audible, I can use my eyes for other things at the same time, like looking back and seeing if somebody is just about to walk across behind me while I'm reversing. (I does happen! I've seen it several times, especially in car parks.) I'm not sure if a camera has a wide enough angle for this. On the other hand, you can probably flick your eyes to check the side mirrors... What I mean is that the electroncs behind the full camera and display system is a lot more complicated than my setup and in the end, they do the same thing. While it is nice to see that you have a red merc behind you with a numberplate "D3AL3R", what you only really need to know is how far you are from the nearest object behind you. I don't have a pet hate for cameras, I'm just thinking aloud. If somebody wants to give me a car of my dreams and it has a reversing camera in it, I won't say "sorry, I don't want the car then!" :-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/5/2012 8:18:13 PM
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"Are you sure that hat in the banner on the home page is big enough for your head, Max?" What can I say -- if you've got it, flaunt it :-)

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