- Aug 10, 2020
- Reaction score
- Illinois, USA
- GMC Sierra Hybrid (2-Mode)
The rear camera on my GMC Sierra is in the tailgate, right next to the latch handle.We don't know where the cameras are, and the fact that we will have cargo will block some, sometimes.
The only time it's blocked by cargo is when I'm pulling a trailer.
Also, the camera is useless when backing up with the tailgate down, for reasons that became obvious about 5 seconds into my first attempt to use this fancy new truck the same way I used my older (and more basic) trucks.
The worst thing about having the camera in this location is that it gets covered with dirty water more easily than any other vehicle I've ever had the privilege of driving. My wife's sedan has the camera in an analogous position, but it doesn't get dirty nearly as quickly. There must be some quirk of the aerodynamics (particularly the airflow separation at the lip of the trunk) which protects the camera on her car.
Putting cameras near the license plate is a pretty good idea, but it would make attaching a trailer more difficult because you'd be looking at the trailer tung head-on. The tailgate-latch-camera perspective works well enough that, if the trailer looks aligned on the camera, it's close enough to hitch up in real life. The alignment is a little off because of the parallax effect, but the ball and the hitch don't have to be perfectly aligned, so it's close enough in practice.
I hope Tesla considered keeping the cameras clean when they were designing the Cybertruck. But there are other considerations, too, like making it easy to attach a trailer. There are a lot of design tradeoffs to consider when it comes to placing the cameras. I'll be interested to see what Tesla chose!