Former Apple Employees' 'RearVision' Vehicle Camera Launches for $500

Vehicle accessory start-up Pearl, which was founded by three former Apple engineers, has begun shipping its "RearVision" car camera system to the first round of pre-order customers, while also making the $500 device available to purchase for everyone else on its website. The company announced RearVision back in June, focusing "on the existing install base" of people with older cars by introducing a high tech, attachable license plate accessory that connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone, displaying a 180-degree rear-view field of vision when backing up a car.

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Pearl claims that RearVision "installs in minutes," thanks to a "theft resistant" camera frame for a license plate, and a simple dongle that's plugged into a vehicle's diagnostic port. The system also comes with a vent mount for the smartphone, so users can get a hands-free view each time they begin backing up their car. A few other features of RearVision include:
Automatic Updates​ — Pearl RearVision is the one backup camera and alert system that will never be outdated. The Pearl App updates just like other apps on your phone, with new features and enhancement delivered automatically.
Dual HD Cameras​ – Advanced dual HD cameras deliver super-wide views of what’s behind your car, and Night Mode provides stunning clarity in low-light situations.
Intelligent Alerts​ – Audible and visual alerts warn you when objects, cars and people are in your path. It includes a range of alerts, from simple ripple at further distances to a firmer warning when an obstacle is close by.
Hands-Free ​- Dock your phone in portrait or landscape on the versatile Pearl Phone Mount. Included as part of the RearVision platform, the Phone Mount will also be sold separately at pearlauto.com.
One of the biggest features pushed by the company is RearVision's ability to "never be outdated," thanks to persistent updates to its smartphone app. Specifically, Pearl stated that by the end of the year the app will gain the addition of back-up path lines, rich notifications on iOS, and app auto launch on Android. With today's shipment announcement, the company said that because "response has been so great" to RearVision, "it could take several weeks to fulfill every order" originally placed over the summer.

In addition to the announcement that RearVision is heading out to pre-order customers, Pearl confirmed that it has partnered with Amazon and Crutchfield so that anyone interested will be able to purchase the RearVision system on either website "this holiday season." Those who would prefer not to wait can purchase RearVision for $499.99 from Pearl's website today, which currently has a 2-3 week shipping estimate for new orders at the time of writing.



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27 months ago

Anything about stopping it from being stolen?


"Pearl claims that RearView "installs in minutes," thanks to a "theft resistant" camera frame for a license plate"

third sentence of the article.
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27 months ago


the app will gain the addition of back-up path lines, rich notifications on iOS...


Ill have to unlock my phone and click on a notification or app icon whilst driving every time I go into reverse with the phone in the dock?
No thanks.
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27 months ago
Much cheaper options exists. Like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/4UCAM-Backup-Camera-iPhone-Android/dp/B00HWB91VY
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27 months ago
Anything about stopping it from being stolen?
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27 months ago

Yeah, that's pretty much useless. You could say that it's theft resistant because it uses screws.


What would you prefer? Velcro?
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27 months ago

One of the biggest features pushed by the company is RearView's ability to "never be outdated," thanks to persistent updates to its smartphone app.

If you buy this, your product may indeed "never be outdated".

However, I hope the company has more products in its pipeline. Starting in 2018, all new cars sold in the US must have standard backup cameras. Their potential market will begin to shrink almost immediately.
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27 months ago
I think people are severly underestimating how many "old" cars there are on the road. The market for this is huge and will be for a while.
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27 months ago

Anything about stopping it from being stolen?

Macrumors reports it being "theft resistant". Pearl will replace it if it does get stolen ('https://support.pearlauto.com/hc/en-us/articles/220154127-Is-Pearl-RearVision-theft-resistant-').
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27 months ago

You're moving the goal posts. We got it. You own stock in this company, or are one of the participants.

When I installed my head unit, I priced buying it at local shop and complete install for HU, camera, and backup sensor was $450. I found the Jensen HU at Amazon for $200, $100 less than the install shop, the camera kit for $10, and skipped the sensors, and installed myself. You realize they pay the installers minimum wage, right? Even a full day's labor is only $64.

Most people aren't you. And with that, you have a good day.


You're so obnoxiously wrong that it's embarrassing. Just stop speaking.
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27 months ago

Much cheaper options exists. Like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/4UCAM-Backup-Camera-iPhone-Android/dp/B00HWB91VY


Agreed. For $250 I bought a brand new head unit with a 7" display, and rear view camera. It wasn't exactly plug and play, but I also got a lot more for half the price.

An iPhone Plus model is a must, as anything smaller will not be useful for discerning what's behind you.
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