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Backup Camera Display Compatibility

If you're interested in By adding a backup camera to a vehicle that doesn’t have one, you're making a wise decision for yourself and everyone else on the road. By May 2018, "rear visibility technology" will be mandatory in every new lightweight vehicle, thanks to a 2014 mandate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency took multiple studies into account, including their own cost-benefit analyses and extensive crash tests, and verified what the auto industry already knew: that backup cameras prevent an overwhelming majority of low-speed collisions.

Features such as ultrasonic sensors make some camera models even more effective protectors, and if you install a new display along with your unit, you may be able to tap into additional technologies. Whether you opted for a trim level that didn't include a camera or you drive an older vehicle, explore your options today to see if you can retrofit your exterior and interior to accommodate an autonomous backup camera system.

  • Jeep Wrangler – 2007-2015 models with factory displays
  • Dodge Ram – 2009-2015 models with 5" or 8.4" screens
  • Ford F-Series – many 2013-2015 models with the 4.2" MyFord radio screen are compatible, but there are some exceptions; replace the tailgate oval with a camera and synchronize with the radio interface; 2009-2015 F150 models with tailgate oval with larger navigation or MyFord screens are compatible
  • Ford Taurus – 2013-2015 models have compatible 4.2" radio screen
  • Ford Flex – 2009-2013 models compatible with tailgate camera, 2014-2015 models compatible with display module and license plate mounted camera
  • GM Silverado or Sierra – 2007-2013 models with navigation systems are compatible and 2014-15 with MyLink or Intellilink screens are compatible with camera interface
  • Honda Odyssey, 2012 – Compatible with factory IMID screen and camera
  • Plus many more!! See our full product catalog to find a system that will work with your vehilcle

If your truck or SUV isn't on this list – or if you have a car, RV or any other type of motor vehicle – don't settle for a higher accident risk. You just need a few key features to properly install an aftermarket backup camera.

Determining Compatibility for your Backup Camera Display 

Determining Compatibility

To determine whether a camera will work, take a look inside your cabin and read the camera's specific installation requirements carefully. "Plug and play" cameras plug right into your vehicle's existing navigation or radio display, while others require you to cut into the original electrical system. Check for some or all of the following compatibility concerns:

Video Input

The most important factor is video compatibility. Your vehicle must be able to receive and display live footage from the camera feed, or it must be compatible with the wires you'll use to install a screen and connect it to a backup camera.

Hardware Support

In order to retrofit a vehicle with a backup camera, you must be able to find a suitable spot to install the actual camera. It should offer a direct line of sight to the space behind your vehicle, and if possible, permanent alterations should be minimal. Tailgate handles, trailer hitches, and license plates are prime candidates, depending on the structure and function of your vehicle. Of course, if other trims included a backup camera from the original manufacturer, your vehicle probably has an identical exterior, complete with space to install one yourself.


Some vehicles may not synchronize with a new backup camera until it's programmed and activated at a licensed dealership. Others have on-board diagnostic system (OBD) ports that are compatible with backup camera programming modules, so all you have to do is plug your camera or screen into the OBDII port to retrieve the necessary coding.

Other Compatibility Factors

If a backup camera was included in one of your package options, you probably have the exact same screen setup as drivers who did pick it. You may be able to retroactively install the original manufacturer's camera, avoiding the added expense of the entire package. However, your options may also include autonomous backup cameras that outperform the originals, cost less, and are compatible with your system. Remember: backup cameras and camera kits come in many styles and sizes, and it's important to verify the compatibility requirements of each specific camera before you commit.

Managing Compatibility for Your Backup Camera  

Your Screen Options

If your vehicle doesn't have an in-dash display, don't worry. Backup cameras aren’t the only add-ons available long after you drive off the dealership lot; autonomous screens are also available. Your screen options depend on the make, model, and trim of your vehicle, whether you want a complete kit or a separate camera and screen, and a few other factors.

Retrofit your vehicle with one of the following screens, then hook up a backup camera to receive a live view of your biggest blind spot every time you drive in reverse:

Video Mirror

Many trucks and RVs have long side mirrors and rearview mirrors with embedded technology. Yours may be compatible with a backup camera that sends images or alerts straight to the mirror's surface, allowing you to canvas multiple regions with each glance.

GPS Device

If you don't have a factory-integrated navigation display, you may want to install GPS technology along with your backup camera. Some autonomous navigators, including built-in units and devices that plug into your vehicle temporarily, have ports that are compatible with backup camera kits.

Head Units

Head units, also called decks, are pieces of hardware usually installed behind your dashboard face plate. Head units were once used primarily to play cassettes; today, they may double as instrument panels, sending sophisticated alerts from your backup camera and other external sensor systems.

Install Your Backup Camera Today

Don’t wait until 2018 to install a backup camera on your vehicle. Mandatory legislation was passed for a reason: backup cameras prevent collisions, protect your property, and protect your safety. Your vehicle may already be compatible with the latest backup camera technology. If it’s not, you have options to make your vehicle safer and easier to drive. Once you install a backup camera, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one!


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