That high tech backup camera developed by Apple engineers called Pearl RearVision we mentioned in June, is now available at Crutchfield and Amazon at $499.
Its maker, Pearl Automation, said it has no other distribution plans at this time apart from sales on its own web site, but it is open to talking to interested retailers.
Pearl was co-founded by Bryson Gardner, who helped develop the iPod and several iPhones. The company is expected to develop other car safety or autonomous driving devices.
Gardner said, “ RearVision is our first step in providing consumers access to the latest car technology.”
Pearl RearVision is a WiFi/Bluetooth, solar powered, backup camera system that includes dual HD cameras embedded in a license plate frame. The camera frame delivers up to 180 degree views of what’s behind the car to the phone.
The license plate frame itself is solar powered and works with a companion adapter that plugs into the car’s OBD2 port. So it’s user installable “in minutes,” according to Pearl.
The OBD2 adapter contains advanced image processing technology to flatten the two fish eye images received from the cameras and then sends the video in real-time to your phone (iPhone or Android). There’s a customizable “tap to pan” feature to see what’s behind the car.
Updated–RearVision cannot launch automatically when the car goes into reverse but it will starting next month for both Android and iPhone, said a spokeswoman.
The OBD2 adapter has a built in speaker for audio alerts when something’s behind your car. Visual alerts are delivered on your phone through the Pearl App.
A phone mount is included in the price of $499.