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R230 2003 Reversing Camera

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by Viscount, May 18, 2018.

  1. Viscount

    Viscount Senior Member

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    Can anyone advise if the command 2.0 head unit (it doesn't have a TV option) will support a reversing camera?
     
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    John Laidlaw Senior Member

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    Doubtful but Comand online are the guys to ask...
     
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    Thanks; I've sent them a message.
     
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    The answer was no. Any R230 pre 2009 cannot be fitted with one.
     
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    not so. I have a reversing camera on my 2007 SL350. Not easy, but can be done. Essentially you have to get the display to accept a video input not from the head unit.
     
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    Interesting; how does one achieve that?
     
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    Have a look at: https://car-solutions.com
    They are one of several suppliers of these types of video controller.
    look for the specific model and year and download the instructions for a better understanding.
    The problem with my later NTG1 was a need to work on improving the display quality (I also have TV installed) and brightness, as well as dealing with the lack of any datasheet for the (inverted) fitted display. For various reasons it took about 18 months and several attempts to get it right (and legal).
    If you are serious about this let me know.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. The car is occasional use only and I might replace with a more recent version depending on other circumstances. So, for the moment, I'll park this idea. Thanks again though.
     
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