Gator reversing camera

Retro-fit Reversing Cameras Keep Kids Safe

A reversing camera that keeps children from harm when a vehicle is backing out of a driveway is now available to families with second-hand cars that aren’t already fitted with the life-saving technology.

While new vehicles are increasingly being equipped with reversing cameras and warning sensors, the vast majority of cars owned in New Zealand don’t have such safety features.

But an affordable and easy-to-fit reversing camera system being introduced to the New Zealand market now puts this safety technology within the reach of all families.

The Gator range of reversing cameras is one of the latest automotive innovations from Griffiths Equipment, which is going into automotive retail outlets throughout New Zealand.

“This is a great life-saving technology, but until now it is been restricted to buyers of new cars or it has been an expensive after-market option,” says Bruce Walker, Sales Manager for Griffiths Equipment.

“Gator reversing camera systems are priced so that more vehicles owners can afford to fit them and be able to watch out for small children who might be obscured from vision behind their car.”

The Gator range has been selected to suit the variety of vehicles on New Zealand roads and have models to suit either 12-volt or 24-volt systems.

The miniature all-weather camera is supplied with a fitting that mounts behind the rear number plate or with a simpler fitting that bolts onto a bumper or tailgate. The images can be transferred via a wire connection or a handy wireless system, which makes it even simpler to install.

Depending on the Gator system, car owners can either choose a model that has a free-standing 3.6” monitor, which comes with a suction mount for adhering to the windscreen or dashboard, or select the model that incorporates the screen into a rear-view mirror that clips over the vehicle’s existing mirror. The rear-view mirror model has a 4.3” display, which is larger than the screens in vehicles with OE reversing camera mirrors and is about the same size as many portable GPS units.

Power is supplied from a cable that plugs into any power outlet in the vehicle, such as a cigarette lighter socket.

The driver activates the system via a switch on the video display screen, prior to any reversing manoeuvre. The monitor provides a view up to 120-degrees behind the vehicle.

Mr Walker says that in addition to being a safety device, the Gator reversing cameras would also be useful for commercial delivery vehicle drivers who often have to manoeuvre into confined loading areas.

Gator systems can be purchased as complete systems or just with the screen and camera.