In the past, reversing the car can be a difficult task as the driver will depend on the side mirror and rear mirror in the car or maybe some assistance from the friends or family or maybe the driver need to look back to make sure he can properly reverse the car without any difficulties. Then in the late 80’s came the reverse parking sensor where an electromagnetic or ultrasonic sensor that will be a proximity sensor will alert the driver for any hurdles while reversing the car. While at first, the sensor had been installed in the rear as a reverse sensor in the later year the sensor had also been installed in the front too that will be front parking sensor.

The parking sensor that will beep accordingly depends on the hurdles distance

But the car engineer and designer which like to make innovation for their car that can be used as a selling point for their models and at the some time provide the car lovers some comfort, in the late 90’s comes the reverse parking camera where now the driver can have a real-time view on the rear while reversing thanks to the camera fixed in the rear of the car. With these technologies, now the drivers can reverse the car with ease and at the same time gets a real-time view of his car rear. But, unfortunately during that time this technology is not available in most of the model and only selected few models will be available and usually, it will be for the luxury model car only. For the car lovers that want to fix this reverse camera, they may need to take the 3rd party reverse camera from the car accessories shop.

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A reverse camera in the Honda City

The reverse camera had been developed to the extent that now they are multi-view, bird’s eye view, infrared, night vision, high definition and much more. The reverse parking camera becomes from luxury to a technology that is necessary for the modern-day car but unfortunately, some of the car that sold in our countries does not have this reverse camera even for a model that is priced at more than RM150 above. Things had changed as now as most of the newly launched car have the reverse camera as one of their specifications.

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An example of birds eye view in the Nissan Leaf

With the larger screen in the car infotainment now, the car designer had come up with another way of detecting hurdles while parking the car and that had come in the form of Optical Parking System (OPS). In these technologies, the hurdles when the driver makes a reverse parking or front parking is not shown in real time but in a graphical way in the car infotainment system. The OPS system will detect the hurdles via the old traditional ultra sensor and will change color accordingly depends on the hurdles distances. This system does not need any camera installed and uses the car ECU system and the old traditional sensor that will beep when the distance of the hurdles is near.

An example of OPS in a Volkswagen Car

Now, most of the car have either these two reverse technologies. For example, in the Ford Focus S +, BMW 318i, BMW 320i, Volkswagen Passat B7, Audi A4 B8, BMW 520i, Mercedez Benz C-Class and other previous generation of Continental cars except for the high luxury model we may see they had installed the OPS. In the Japanese car like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and much more we can see they had a reverse camera installed with have a different type of views to choose from.

So which is the best option? The reverse camera provides the real-time view of the rear but it does not help while making a front parking as for the name it only provides the real time rear view and not the front while OPS will provide the proximity sensor for the rear and front but unfortunately it does not provide the real-time view due to this design nature.

In the term of the maintenance, any damage for the camera may cost the car lovers some amount to be spent depends on the car manufacturer and while OPS don’t have this issue as it is controlled by ECU. The reverse camera, however, will provide the car lovers optional of view like muti-view, bird’s eye view by adjusting the car infotainment setting while on the OPS it does not have that option.

While in the night with low light or no light at all the reverse camera will not be the best option for the car lovers as may not be able to see any hurdles on these situations where on the OPS will not have this issues as it depends on the sensor and not the camera. But with the reverse camera technologies in the present, it may not be an issue but unfortunately, this type of technologies will be in the high luxury model and not many car lovers can’t afford the luxury model as the price is higher especially in our country. It will take time before the high-quality camera makes in all the car.

Both technologies have their own pros and cons but we still love the reverse camera and we had seen in many car reviewers whether in the blog portal or in the YouTube videos they will like to ask the most popular question on “Why they are no reverse camera in the car that cost more than RM200 and above”. Although the reverse camera is popular optional but the OPS does eliminate some of the limitation of the reverse camera in term of the low light situation, sensing the hurdles for front and rear and the maintenance.

The best option for this where both of this installed in the car infotainment system and I mean not for some car but all the car without any upgrading option or optional packages. This will provide the best of the both technologies and at some time provides the user the best experience in their model. This will be one of the best-selling points for the car model as not all the car has both technologies. Let’s hope this can be a feature in all the car that sold in Malaysia regardless of the price as this parking technology had become one of the most important features in the modern-day car.

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