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Front-rear camera touchscreen parking protection switch kit reservations

artsci

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May 10, 2012
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3,234
Timonium, Maryland
We’re now making a list of pre-order reservations for the front-rear camera touchscreen switch kit. Assuming 100 orders are received, the cost of the kit will be $195.00, exclusive of the Tesla camera and the cable kit. Lower volume will result in a higher price.

As the kit could not have been successfully developed without the expertise and advice of members and posters of this web site, ten percent of the selling price will be provided as a commission for the support of Tesla Motors Club. The kit has evolved over about a six-month period. See this thread for a very complete discussion of the front camera concept and its creation.

The kit will include the switch itself, mounted in a plastic case, with all components to make it operational, including a wireless control that can be operated by Homelink and/or an included remote control. The kit also includes an OBDII connector for making the 12v and ground connections to the switch.

With a Tesla rear camera mounted in the front of the car, the switch will make it possible to switch from rear to front view when parking your Model S. The front view will have the same wide angle of sight as the rear camera and the same high-definition resolution. With a camera mounted on the front of the car the switch will obviate the need for front parking sensors, as you will be able to see on the touchscreen any obstacles that might damage your bumper or any other part of the front of your Model S. The kit is ideal for owners who bought cars prior to the time the Tesla parking sensors were available and those who would like to have an extra measure of protection beyond parking sensors.

To make this modification you will need to purchase separately a rear camera from Tesla, part #1006773-00-E. Call your service center to order the camera. The cost is about $350.

You will also need a cable set to connect the cameras. The cable set will soon be available from a Chinese supplier and will include three cables: one long cable for connecting the front camera to the switch and two short cables for connecting the rear camera to the switch and the switch to the touchscreen cable. As soon as the cable kit is ready for purchase we will notify everyone on the pre-order list. We expect the cable kit to cost about $40.

Including the cost of the kit, the camera, and the cable kit, front and rear touch screen-based parking protection will be available for under $600.

The camera switch mounts behind the driver’s-side kick panel, where the cables for making the connections to the rear camera, front camera, and touchscreen are routed. The switch is plug-and play and full installation instructions with photographs will be provided with each kit. Installation will be fairly easy for experienced DYI types and very easy for any aftermarket installation shop.

If you plan to purchase the kit, please add your name to the pre-order list below. Kits will be provided on a first-come first-served basis and should start shipping in about 8 weeks. If your name is on the list, you will be notified when they're available for purchase. If you bought the original faulty Chinese cable kit, when you add your name to the list please add an asterisk next to your name. We'll double check it agains RF Supplier's original purchase list and you'll be provided a free replacement cable kit.

The wiki list has not yet been posted, but the first name on the list will be nkohlimd.
 
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deonb

Active Member
Mar 4, 2013
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Redmond, WA
Please add me to the list.

Does this include the 3D printed part for mounting it to the standard Tesla front license frame? (Or an STL file to do that ourselves?)
 

artsci

Sponsor
May 10, 2012
6,256
3,234
Timonium, Maryland
Please add me to the list.

Does this include the 3D printed part for mounting it to the standard Tesla front license frame? (Or an STL file to do that ourselves?)

That will be an optional extra, price not yet determined but inexpensive.

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Was the issue with the flipped image ever worked out or will the front camera image be L-R reversed?

It will be reversed. With the complexity of the Tesla electronics, it proved way to difficult to invert.
 

Gizmotoy

Active Member
Sep 16, 2013
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861
Bay Area, CA
Really interested, but will probably hold off until the installation instructions are finalized so I can read through them. Excellent work. This sounds fantastic and so well integrated. Really impressive.
 

DriverOne

Supporting Member
Aug 20, 2012
859
515
Austin, TX
Sign me up, please!

Please keep the instructions simple & clear; I for one am unused to pulling cars apart. Perhaps if there are other purchasers in the Austin, TX area, we could meet up for an installation install-athon? PM me, so as not to spam the thread, and we can take it over the Texas forum.
 

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