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    door cammirrors?

    I wonder if it's legal to use telecams for door mirrors? Like a small blended in pod on the door with a 4" screen inside either end of the dash facing the driver for instance. I have looked everywhere and cannot find anyone whose done it/tryed it/had it fail testing. Interesting as it means the pod could be placed anywhere where there is a good field of vision, say at top of door 'A' post or behind door/canopy.



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    Re: door cammirrors?

    Nice idea, but possibly a bit tricky legally - while UK C&U regs do not insist on an interior rear view mirror (like on vans), exterior mirrors are compulsory. The legal aspect would be tested by arguing that the wing telecams were effective substitutes for a mirror, and although they almost certainly are, the legal minds would probably object on the grounds that a telecam, being an electronic device, could fail, but a mirror can't (unless its deliberately broken).

    A few years ago Chrysler developed a prismatic exterior rear view mirror for some of its high-end concept cars, like the LHS. They looked quite aerodynamic, but wouldn't necessarily work that well on a Nova, which has tall haunches.

    The Vector W2 had mirrors on the inside of the side windows, so coverage was similar to Green Machine, but of course was completely flush from the outside. This seems to be a similar approach to jet aircraft like the BAe Hawk, which has interior mirrors aound the inside of the canopy hoop.

    Of course its easier for today's generation of supercar enthusiasts - they have cars like the Pagani and Koenigsegg for inspiration with strange Shrek-like "ears" at the top of the A-pillars

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    Re: door cammirrors?

    Shrek ears... that's funny!
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    Re: door cammirrors?

    You know what I mean - and they do look like ears, don't they?

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    Re: door cammirrors?

    I was contemplating 'shrek ears' from a aussie kit car company that makes GT40.

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    Re: door cammirrors?

    So i am evaluating this design direction using one primary screen with IR for the primary rearview. I will then be using a cam on each side with a smaller 4" color screen blended into the dash.

    Anyone have build up info's yet?

    anyone spec out some hardware?
    looking forward to this thread.
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    Re: door cammirrors?

    US regulations also make exterior mirrors compulsory, so keep that in mind. A small cam blended into the mirror stem could be used in conjunction with the mirrors, though.

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    Re: door cammirrors?

    JMD, there is some camera and monitor info available under the telecams section. I posted some info about what to look for in a camera and a monitor. I'm not sure if it will be easy to find a 4" monitor though, at least one that doesn't require some "rigging" to make it work with an RCA connection. Most screens are 6" or 7" in size. Check ebay though, its a good place to start to get an idea of what is out there and possibly make and model info.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
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    Re: door cammirrors?

    doh! I'm a jacka$$, I didn't realize we were ALREADY in the telecam section. Sorry.

    Good news though,
    http://cgi.ebay.com/3-inch-TFT-Color...3%3A1|294%3A50

    I searched ebay for 4 inch monitor. I pulls up other sizes as well, smaller and larger than 4"
    http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=4+i...itor&_osacat=0
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    Re: door cammirrors?

    There is a guy flogging NTSC 4" barebone LCD screens on ebay.com, search '4" LCD monitor WOW' and you see them. they are not PAL. but only need AV in and 12v but fit a 40 Ohm resister inline on the +12v line to cope with the 13.8v of the car.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-4-5-12-Volt-LCD ... 7C294%3A50
    I'm buying mine from a guy in Germany as it is the same unit but in PAL format and about the same price.
    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...m=280302078196
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