My boss has just upgraded the work car and it comes with a rear-facing camera, the screen has little lines on to judge distance etc, and it seems like a pretty handy tool. I'm happy to parallel park, reverse into spaces, etc, and if anything am over-cautious about the size of my rear end, so to speak, and have never hit anything.
But, I do have a 2-year-old son who has ninja-like abilities to move around the garden and driveway area, unseen, at speeds you wouldn't think a toddler is capable of. So even if I check where he is before getting in the car, by the time I've got the car started, put it into gear and started reversing, he could have legged it round the other side of the house. Paranoid? Yep, probably.
Anyway, the camera in the new work car got me thinking about possibly retro-fitting a camera into our car, to cover the blind spot below the rear window and between what I can see in the mirrors. One thing I don't like about the one in the work car is that the screen is mounted in the dash, which leads to the temptation to look at it, i.e. not looking over your shoulder in the direction you are moving, while reversing. I guess the intention is that you initially check the blind spot, then look back while reversing, and stop to check the blind spot, or how close you are to that post/wall/parked car, every few seconds.
So has anyone in the STW hive experience retro-fitted a reversing camera? Are they any good? What features are essential, and what are just gimmicks? Also, I'd like to avoid cutting/drilling any more holes in the bodywork if at all possible...