Donnelly Corp., which has dabbled with camera vision in concept cars for various automakers, introduces a new product enabling parents to check on their little ones in the back seat without having to take their eyes off the road.
The Holland, MI, supplier of mirrors displays its BabyVue and ReversAid camera system at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. show last week in Las Vegas.
The BabyVue camera mounts in the headliner, while the ReversAid camera is placed on the exterior on the rear tailgate of a minivan or sport/utility vehicle, which can be difficult to back up because of their size.
A small video screen flips down from behind the rear-view mirror. With the push of a button, the driver can view from either camera.
The product goes on sale Dec. 1 through the company website, www.donnelly.com and should sell for between $300 and $400. The price includes an electrochromic auto-dimming mirror. The system only fits with Donnelly's EC mirror. A company spokesman says “the average person” can install the system in 2½ hours.