Can backup cam be used while driving? Or can you add another input?
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    Can backup cam be used while driving? Or can you add another input?

    Hello I was interested in knowing if you can see the backup cam while driving...if not is there a way to use the LCD screen in the car and switch it to a different input so to speak...maybe using a secondary cam and plugging it in somehow?

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I am sure that there is way to do it but it would involve changing the existing wiring quite a bit. It would probably be easier to put a second camera and small monitor into the car. If you would review this thread especially Item 1 we would appreciate your input: A new users guide and user frequently asked question Thank you.
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    Thanks I should have mentioned the soul in question is a 2014 exclaim ws. I just put down a deposit today. Very excited. I'm just trying to figure out these things before I get it to see what else I'll need as far as cables/secondary cam. I remember seeing a youtube video of a guy using his iphone plugged into the aux and playing a netflix movie on the LCD but I can't seem to find it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverrush540 View Post
    Thanks I should have mentioned the soul in question is a 2014 exclaim ws. I just put down a deposit today. Very excited. I'm just trying to figure out these things before I get it to see what else I'll need as far as cables/secondary cam. I remember seeing a youtube video of a guy using his iphone plugged into the aux and playing a netflix movie on the LCD but I can't seem to find it again.
    There are all kinds of videos on YouTube for dash cams that can be used, some with monitors built in and others with them separate, wireless monitors also. You should check those out. You have the power take off in the back that you can use and with a wireless monitor you can hang almost anywhere on the dash. Here is a thread, you should see what this guy did to include on the go TV and DVD players in his car. All by the seat of his pants, so to speak: Integrated Entertainment System Install - Kenwood DNX9980HD Good luck on your quest.
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    first question that comes to mind - why would you want to see out the backup camera when your driving forward - there's no point to it.
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    Mainly for better visibility if I have the back packed up to the top! =)

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    The easiest way for this to be activated is in the shifter, the reverse light switch. My guess is there is a feed wire off of that to either the computer or directly to the infotainment system. In theory if you could isolate this wire you could put a toggle switch in it to supply voltage as it would in the reverse position to activate it. You would also need a diode to keep voltage from feeding back to the back up lights.

    I do not have a wiring diagram of the vehicle so this is all speculation. But if it is wired this way it would be quite easy to accomplish what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conwelpic View Post
    first question that comes to mind - why would you want to see out the backup camera when your driving forward - there's no point to it.
    Its for those who care more about where they have been than where they are going?

    I traded out of a toyota Prius and many were changing the backup camera system to include changable screens forward and side to side. Seemed dangerous to me but one guy even played movies on his display. It is possible with most systems but involves a lot of wiring work and there is usually no road map on how to get it down.

    Might make a neat kit if was mostly plug and play.
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