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Is there a concern with a dash cam blocking autopilot harware?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Rockster, May 26, 2015.

  1. Rockster

    Rockster Active Member

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    I'm about to install a dash cam (or rather, have it installed this time). I would typically install the dash cam in front of the rear view mirror so that it's hidden from the driver's view but I'm wondering if there is any concern about precisely placing the dash cam to avoid blocking the autopilot's forward-facing camera?
     
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    I found the best position to be beside the mirror / camera pod. Mods
     
  3. Majerus

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    Its covered with a plastic housing that you couldnt block if you tried from the inside of the windsheild.

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    Nice mods btw.
     
  4. Rockster

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    Good to know. Thanks!
     
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    I've got mine (Blackvue 650) installed right under the mirror and have no problems.
     
  6. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    There is a light sensor on the back of the rear view mirror that you probably don't want to block. It'd probably still work since it's there to pickup ambient light levels for determining when to dim the mirrors, turn on lights and adjust the brightness of the displays. But it probably wouldn't work as well if it was blocked. But it's small and you can still hide a dash cam behind the mirror without blocking it.
     
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    Did you get a newer P85, Rocky? The last time I saw you, your P85 was older than 9/14 so you wouldn't have to worry about the autopilot camera. If you look at the newer ones, there's a triangle above the rearview mirror that contains the camera. It's hard to put anything in front of it, from inside the car. If you're going to be at C&C next weekend, you can see my dual dashcam install.
     
  8. Rockster

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    #8 Rockster, May 28, 2015
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    Yes, I now have a newer one that has autopilot.

    I decided not to risk blocking anything critical and so had the dash cam installed slightly to the right, much like MrElbe shows in his link.
     
  9. Gizmotoy

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    It's not as clean as other installs I've seen, but I really like that you didn't have to make any substantial modifications. Probably worth the tradeoff. Others have drilled into the hatch to make it all work, which I wasn't excited about. Did you happen to do a full write-up of your install?
     
  10. Chris TX

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    I ran the wire for my rear camera through the existing wire flexible conduit. Then, I ground out a small section of the license plate lamp holder just enough to allow the wire to squeeze out. Luckily, the connector was an 1/8" DIN and was easy to snake through with the help of cable lube and a wire guide tube.

    The tiny front camera is mounted just below the rain sensor.
     

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