Join Date: Jan 2018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I use the retained accessory power wire in my 2007 Impala to turn on two modest amplifiers, power my dash cam, and power a front camera and a rear camera. All devices come on and remain on when the car is powered up. My headunit is a Rosen GM1010. It's nice to have the rear cam or front cam turn on when selected from a menu.
I added the front cam, not because I really needed it, but because there was an extra input on the Rosen and it was easy to do. The camera bracket is duct taped to the bumper, behind the grill. The tape is not visible and it is a secure mount (this may not work with all cameras if the bracket is small.) The front camera is the same model as my rear cam and gives a wide view of the front. It is marginally useful.
When a vehicle appears inches from my bumper at a light or stop sign, I switch on the rear cam. Because it is situated front and center, the Rosen display can probably be seen by the driver behind me, especially if it is an SUV. When the rear cam is on the parking lines are displayed on the screen. It serves as a signal that I am monitoring or possibly recording them and at the next stop they always seem to add more distance.