MONITOR SYSTEM GENERAL


  1. OUTLINE


    1. To assist the driver in parking the vehicle by providing a view of the area behind the vehicle, the rear view monitor system has a rear television camera assembly mounted on the back door.

    2. A view of the area behind the vehicle is displayed on the multi-display (the screen of the radio and display receiver assembly).

    3. When reverse (R) is selected and the power switch is on (IG), the rear view monitor system displays an image of the area behind the vehicle on the radio and display receiver assembly via the rear television camera assembly.

    4. The rear view monitor system consists of the rear television camera assembly and radio and display receiver assembly.

  2. PRECAUTION


    1. General Precautions


      1. Do not rely entirely on the rear view monitor. Use caution, just as you would when backing up any vehicle.

      2. Never back up while looking only at the screen. The image on the screen may differ from the actual conditions. If you back up while looking only at the screen, you may hit an object or get in an accident. When backing up, be sure to check by looking behind and all around the vehicle, both directly and using the mirrors, before reversing.

    2. Rear Television Camera Precautions


      1. Do not expose the rear television camera assembly to a strong impact or force, as it will alter the orientation of the rear television camera assembly and cause improper operation.

      2. The area covered by the rear television camera assembly is limited. The rear television camera assembly does not show objects close to either corner of the bumper or show items under the bumper. The clearance distance that appears on the screen is different from the actual distance because the rear television camera assembly uses a wide-angle lens.

      3. The rear television camera assembly is unable to capture a clear image if the glass in front of the lens is dirty. Therefore, clean the glass if it has water drops, snow, or dirt on it.

      4. In the following cases, it may become difficult to see the images on the screen, but this is not a malfunction:


        • In the dark. (for example, at night)

        • When the temperature near the lens is very high or low.

        • When water droplets are adhering to the rear television camera assembly, or when humidity is high. (for example, when it rains)

        • When the rear television camera assembly has scratches or dirt on it.

        • When foreign matter (for example, mud) is adhering to the camera lens.

        • When the sun or the beam of headlights is shining directly into the camera lens.

      5. When the rear television camera assembly is used under fluorescent lights, sodium lights, or mercury lights etc., the lights and the illuminated area may appear to flicker.

      6. When washing the vehicle with a high-pressure washer, do not spray water on the rear television camera assembly or surrounding area. High-pressure water can damage the camera.

      7. If a bright light (for example, sunlight reflected off the vehicle body) is picked up by the rear television camera assembly, the smear effect*, particular to the CCD camera, may occur.

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        *1 Bright Light *2 Vertical Streak

        Tech Tips

        *: Smear effect: A phenomenon that occurs when a bright light is received by the rear television camera assembly. When the image is transmitted to the screen, the light source will appear to have a vertical streak above and below it.

    3. Road Condition Precautions


      1. Depending on the number of occupants, the load conditions, the slope of the road, and bumps in the road, a disparity may occur between the display indication and the actual distance on the road surface. Operate the vehicle carefully.

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        *a Steep Uphill Incline behind Vehicle *b Disparity
        *c Steep Downhill Incline behind Vehicle *d Vehicle Posture Changed by Passengers and Load
      2. If a steep uphill incline is behind the vehicle, an obstacle will appear to be further away than it actually is, as shown in the illustration below.

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        *a Screen Image in Case A *b Screen Image in Case B