As of 2018, federal law mandates backup cameras on vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. We here at Lev Kia of Framingham think backup cameras are the best thing since wheels, but we're surprised at how many of our customers don't know about them. Here's a brief intro.

Dear Reader: Meet the Backup Camera

Backup cameras are mounted discreetly on the backside of your vehicle, typically hidden in the trim. The camera provides a view to the area behind your vehicle, usually above and/or below trunk level.

The camera's feed goes to a monitor in your cockpit or integrated into your rearview mirror. Monitors have on-screen guidelines to help you back up safely and in as straight a line as possible.

The Backup Camera is Just a "Backup"

A backup camera does not replace a rearview; it helps enhance a rearview's function as you back into, or exit, a space. The on-screen guidelines mentioned above change colors to denote proximity with an object. Warning tones alert you before you crash or run something over. Visit us at Lev Kia of Framingham for a test drive, and see for yourself how a backup camera actually works in real time.



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