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I seriously doubt it. The rear view cam is an extreme wide angle lens, and beyond a few inches, it's a very distorted image. It's really only good for parking, or possibly the AP being able to alert you that you're about to be rear-ended.
You don't think it's good for blind spot checking, or rather "pre" blind spot checking?
When you're driving, watch the rear view cam and you tell me if you can tell when a car is actually in your blind spot. Cars look much further away than they actually are. For anything AP related like blind spot checking, you really need a 3D view of the space around the car.
I think what would be nice is to have camera under the side mirrors so that MS can have an all around view. I guess the MX should already have it. :wink:
Sure they could..or could have. But probably they're not. Never mind the distortion..easily corrected with a transform algorithm. You should be able to easily detect delta positions..am I going to get hit..or is that car in a bad spot. Are those red lights!? Probably not a useful night time camera (infra red is filtered) but it is high def and you can do a lot with that information. I haven't heard about this..but never say never.
The current rear view camera is useless with rain splash on it. Other issues with distortion and wide angle can be compensated for with software (assuming enough horsepower which I doubt is currently installed).
But the car has blind spot sensors, so it wouldn't need to use the camera to tell that there's a car in the blind spot. I was thinking the camera could be useful to see if a car is coming up fast in the next lane so that it knows to just let him pass before attempting a lane change. If I can adjust my depth perception of the camera based on 'feel' I have to believe a computer can more accurately make those adjustments.
Put a piece of tape over the rear camera, engage TACC, and see if you get any warning messages. That would be the easiest way to tell.