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My SUV must have a dozen cameras on it; can any of them be utilized instead of going aftermarket?

My SUV must have a dozen cameras on it; can any of them be utilized instead of going aftermarket?

9balladdict

No, they don’t - and it will void your warranty to set it up that way using an aftermarket kit. It will definitely be cheaper and less risk ridden to just install a new camera.


CassCat

That’s what I expected. Blows my mind how dash cams aren’t standard equipment when all the components exist for the fanciest dash cam imaginable. My Santa Fe even comes with a locked down LTE connection that’s only used for the navigation and Bluelink (smartphone car starter, emergency services, etc.). How hard would it be to store the last 30 mins of driving and automatically upload to cloud if an impact is detected?


cleanRubik

Tesla did it so it’s definitely possible. But most cars get the components that will JUST do the job. So adding extra functionality may not be possible with the hw already in the car. On the more pessimistic side, why add functionality for free when you can do it on the refresh and charge people for it?


djaxial

>How hard would it be to store the last 30 mins of driving and automatically upload to cloud if an impact is detected? My understanding, and it was a few years ago and the legal opinion applied to Europe, was that there was a question over liability. For example, if you expected the footage to be available and it wasn't, especially if the car was sold on etc. Another was with respect to privacy, especially in cloud storage. Totally agree with you though, they should be accessible at least locally on an SD card.


CassCat

Yeah, I mean my Hyundai generates a “driving report” by default, unless you turn it off. It looks at hard brakes, acceleration, etc. If that kind of information is being collected, is it really much more invasive to include a video black box in case of collision?


9balladdict

It would involve a monthly subscription for the cell service to upload it to the cloud. There should just be a couple of USB ports where you could download it. That being said, I personally don’t want any cameras on my car. In fact I just finished taking out the last few bits of computer stuff spare what’s absolutely necessary in my Jeep. The manufacturers have to try to strike that balance.


motofabio

The new Mercedes S class does that and I believe it’s the first to. It has an SD slot to give the driver access. It’s just asinine that it’s like this. My 2020 Jeep has front and rear cameras. The stream is in a proprietary format, so even if I could access it, there isn’t a DVR I could use to record it. Absolutely ridiculous.


CassCat

Good show Mercedes! Totally agree with your view, see my comment above. There was some fuss in China a couple months back with officials being paranoid that Tesla cameras were being used for American spying, so the real reason for locking down the systems is probably related to nonsense like that.


cleanRubik

Tesla did it a few years ago so I think they’re first.


faceerase

Yeah my friend has a Tesla and someone chased him down in a road rage incident. Guy punched his side view mirror off. It was crazy seeing the video from all these perfect camera angles


1LX50

No, AFAIK The only cars on the market that have this feature are Teslas


RobloxianSteve

BMW has this feature but of course they want you to pay extra to enable a feature you already have (just like Tesla rear heated seats in the Model 3). IIRC it’s $150 to buy it lifetime but they have subscription options too 🤦‍♂️


boboRoyal

Some do. Teslas and newer BMWs come to mind.