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      11-10-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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DIY Solution Needed: Rear View Video Camera?

Alright, this is a somewhat weird request. I am considering purchasing a condo that has an incredibly tight parking garage. Its challenging to back in even with someone serving as an outside guide! Because I don't have a nav system with a camera/smart parking capability, I'm thinking about installing some type of video camera system on my car. Has anyone installed a video camera on their cars? I guess there would need to be a feed to my iphone via bluetooth?

Anyway, love to get your thoughts...
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OP doesn't have I-Drive
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Also, I don't think video over bluetooth exists yet in the marketplace.
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LOL! Sorry Even after re-reading the OP I skipped that sentence. Now I see it.

I know there are solutions that most Car Audio stores will cary with a 2.5" to 3" screen that you could mount where the Optional Portable BMW Nav would go OP.

(agreed video over bluetooth isn't around for us yet )

Edit: It could mount like this:
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It seems like you'll be looking at a wireless backup camera system.
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Not a huge fan of the wireless systems since there is always a bit of lag from my experience. More worth it to pick up the camera system from the thread I posted since it is OEM like and then run it to an auxiliary screen.
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Thinking out of the box...if you're only concerned about backing into your garage and you want to use your I-Phone...you could mount a camera in your garage and access it via your I-Phone's internet connection. You'll have to deal with some lag in the system but you wouldn't have to install anything on the car.
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I'd rather setup a parking system in garage than try to mount video cameras in my car.

My parents used to have these towers that would bend easily and had a flag on the top. When you hit the tower, the flag would wave.
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Thats a much better solution that these guys proposed.
My father does the same thing with the flag. Or you hang a tennis ball so that when it touches your glass you stop
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Thats a much better solution that these guys proposed.
My father does the same thing with the flag. Or you hang a tennis ball so that when it touches your glass you stop
Haha hanging tennis ball is a good one. That's clever.
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well LASERS ftmfw lol
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I've been thinking about doing this as well. I think the only practical solution, in the absence of iDrive, is to use a camera system in combination with an aftermarket GPS unit. The GPS will have to have a video input, which few have.
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So I've done some further research and the biggest hurdle is to find a GPS unit with video input. The following models do have the video inut, but all are old, outdated and/or discontinued and come with their own problems.

Garmin Nuvi 5000
Garmin 885
Magellan Roadmate 1700

I don't understand why some of the newer models don't offer a video-in feature? Not even the very expensive ones! Seems I'm SOL for now!
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Attach tennis ball to a rope and hang from your garage ceiling! When ball bumps your car, step on brakes and you're all done! Not even $10! Just need a ladder and a pretty decent stapler! Works for me!
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If you were in the market for a Head Unit upgrade the Dynavin supports wireless cameras I believe , that new model is looking tempting . But there is
still all the crap that goes with and aftermarket head unit I guess.

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Attach tennis ball to a rope and hang from your garage ceiling! When ball bumps your car, step on brakes and you're all done! Not even $10! Just need a ladder and a pretty decent stapler! Works for me!
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If you were in the market for a Head Unit upgrade the Dynavin supports wireless cameras I believe , that new model is looking tempting . But there is
still all the crap that goes with and aftermarket head unit I guess.

Mport13 brilliant.
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Thats a much better solution that these guys proposed.
My father does the same thing with the flag. Or you hang a tennis ball so that when it touches your glass you stop
LOL. I feel so unvalued
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