Ford will bring its rear view camera system to 75 percent of its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models by the end of 2009. The system utilizes a camera mounted to the rear exterior of the vehicle that displays the images on screens inside the vehicle, either via the navigation system or a rearview mirror-mounted display. The image is then overlaid with lines indicating the width of the vehicle to help with parking.
The system is also capable of operating in low light conditions, enabling the camera to work even in the dark by utilizing light from the rear lamps.
Ford’s adoption of its rear view camera system on more its vehicles follows the passing earlier this year of a law mandating that all new vehicles be equipped with rear detection systems. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was signed into law by President Bush on February 28, with the objective of preventing children from harm caused from being struck by a backing vehicle with an unacceptable blind zone, getting caught in an automatically closing power window, and rollaway caused by not having to press the brakes in order to put the vehicle in gear.
Ford will add its rear view camera system to the upcoming 2010 Ford Mustang, as well as the 2010 Ford Fusion and 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (and presumably the 2010 Mercury Milan, 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid and 2010 Lincoln MKZ). Other Ford models that already offer the system include the 2009 Ford F-150, 2009 Ford Flex, 2009 Ford Expedition, 2009 Lincoln MKS and 2009 Lincoln Navigator.