Connecting a rear view camera to the car

MirrorLink. connecting Android and iPhone smartphones to the OEM car monitor

The essence of this technology. integration of mobile gadgets with cars, primarily smartphones, but tablets are also supported. Now it is a fashionable novelty, but without a doubt this is the future. Since mobile gadgets have become an integral companion of a modern person, it is quite logical to use their capabilities in a car: Navigation with voice dialing, music, audiobooks, movies, digital radio and television. modern smartphones and tablets can do all this, you just need to transfer the sound and image to the standard car audio system, and it is desirable to use it conveniently and safely.

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In a nutshell, Mirrorlink is a technology that allows you to duplicate the sound and image of your smartphone screen on your home or car display. In the latest implementations of the technology, it became possible to control a smartphone from a car screen, a standard joystick or voice, using Siri or “OK, Google”. The idea is great, let’s see how the developers of hardware, software and automakers have brought it to life.

If the Mirrorlink module is built into the standard multimedia system, like, for example, new Audi systems, then this provides the ability to control Android smartphone applications from the car’s original screen. Full list of vehicles that support mirrorlink here

The advantage is the savings on such standard options as navigation, and digital radio, which, however, we do not have. Only Google Maps is available as a navigator.

Another plus. voice control and the ability to make calls and send SMS hands-free. But you will have to get used to it for a long time.

Screen controls are supported in a limited set of applications. precisely, the system allows you to make a call, write an SMS by voice dialing, listen to music from the built-in player and launch Google Maps.

If you forgot your phone at home, you are left without navigation.

The idea is good, and in general everything works, but this is “EVERYTHING”. almost nothing. Maps are only Google Maps, Yandex Navigator, Navigator and other decent Russian navigation are not even discussed. From multimedia only music, no TV, no video services are provided. The idea is worth a million, but the implementation is still a penny. Let’s hope that the list of supported applications will expand.

The meaning is the same, but instead of an Android smartphone, you connect an iPhone or iPad with a cable via a standard USB. You can watch a detailed review in the video. The list of supported cars is here

The pros and cons are essentially the same, with the difference that Apple products, as always, are somewhat friendlier in terms of user interface. However, even this “is far from what the Bolsheviks wanted.” Navigation is only from Apple, the rest is similar to Android auto: music, calls and messages. But this has always been the hallmark of apple products. the less you can, you sleep better. In the sense of the closed nature of the system. greater security.

MirrorLink technology. (mirror connection) was originally developed for home use (Miracast) for viewing multimedia content (photo, audio and video files) from mobile devices on stationary displays, now it has successfully migrated to cars. Already now you can join the technologies of the future. You can learn more about the technology on the official website of the technology developer Many modern cars (since 2016) have Mirrorlink already built in, a full list of supported cars is here

If you do not go into technical details and terms, then in a nutshell, to connect an iPhone, iPad or Android devices, a cable or Wi-Fi channel is used to transmit images and sound to a OEM monitor, ceiling lamp or headrest monitor. You just need to connect to the Mirrorlink module installed in your car, as to an ordinary Wi-Fi hotspot, run a special system program on your Android smartphone, or turn on Airplay and “image replay” in the case of devices based on iOs.


The module is connected to the audio system through the standard audio / video input. This entrance is available in many models of Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, new Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 (2015). In general, the option price depends to a greater extent on the connectivity to the OEM monitor. the presence of a video input, and in the absence of such, is determined for the most part by the cost of organizing an audio / video input.

To connect to a OEM monitor, you may need a video interface (video signal transcoder and an LVDS digital stream “understandable” to the OEM monitor). The need to install the Video Interface module and the final. And in the case of BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, Volvo, etc. without video input, add the cost of the video interface and its installation.

A striking example of the benefits of installing a mirrorlink can be the cars Audi A1, A3, A4, A5 A6, Q3, Q5 with a OEM monitor. A set of a Mirrorlink module, a video interface and a rear view camera will cost you only 39,900 rubles WITH INSTALLATION.

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Such a solution is relevant and beneficial, for example, for the entire Toyota and Lexus model range, since an audio / video input is present in almost every model, you just need to unlock the standard monitor in order to use the mirrorlink on the move. Thus, installing Mirrorlink in Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (without navigation), Prado, Highlander, Hilux, Camry, COROLLA, Rav 4, AURIS, Tundra, YARIS, VERSO, Prius, 4Runner, Tacoma, Sienna, Sequoia, Lexus GS, LX 570. IS. LS, RX, CT200h, GX460, ES, NXGS, LX 570, IS. LS, RX, CT200h, GX460, ES, NX 8,500 rubles. Mirrorlink module, 4000. Installation work, monitor unlocking from 3000 to 6000 rubles, depending on the release (manual or automatic). In warranty vehicles, it is advisable to use an adapter that activates the video input and unlocks without damaging the wiring. Total.

If the car does not support Mirrorlink?

If the monitor and the standard audio system of your car does not imply the ability to organize control of the Mirrorlink (touch or standard joystick), and there are 95 percent of such cars produced before 2017, then in this version it will be more interesting and convenient to use the option of connecting not Mirrorlink, but a special navigation.Multimedia module Android Auto Plus on the Android OS platform. The module is universal, so almost any monitor can be turned into a full-fledged analogue of a modern tablet, and use any application with control from the screen: free navigation in the Russian Federation and Europe, radar detector, TV, music and movies from the network and from a flash drive, and much more, without depending on the smartphone.

As the most interesting option, we recommend considering the Android Auto Plus module based on the QROI multimedia navigation device from a well-known South Korean manufacturer of automotive electronics. This option is devoid of the disadvantages of a mirrorlink, it is autonomous, more convenient to operate, the control is almost completely identical to the tablet, your phone is always free and charged, and, as usual, is in your connected via a speakerphone. There is only one drawback of this option. a higher cost, however, the convenience and functionality of such a solution will definitely level the difference in cost.

If you need to organize a video input in your car, you will need a video interface. On a turnkey basis with installation and firmware, such a system costs from 55 to 68 thousand rubles, which is several times more functional and cheaper than standard options that provide the same functionality: navigation, TV tuner, DVD, and unlocking the standard monitor.

The block is also versatile. Connection is possible to almost all OEM (and non-original) monitors of the following brands AUDI (Audi), BMW (BMW), BYD, CADILLAC (Cadillac), Chery (Chery), CHEVROLET (Chevrolet), CITROEN (Citroen), DAEWOO (DAEWOO). Fiat (Fiat), FORD (Ford), GEELY, GREAT WALL, HAFEI, HONDA (Honda), HYUNDAY (Hyundai), INFINITI (Infinity), JEEP (Jeep), KIA (KIA), LADA (LADA), LIFAN, LAND ROVER (Land Rover), LEXUS (Lexus), MAZDA (Mazda), MERCEDES (Mercedes), MITSUBISHI (Mitsubishi), NISSAN (Nissan), Opel (Opel), PEUGEOT (Peugeot), PORSHE (Porsche), RENAULT (Renault ), SEAT (Seat), Skoda (Skoda), SSANG YONG, SUBARU (Subaru), SUZUKI (Suzuki), TAGAZ (Tagaz), TOYOTA (Toyota), Volkswagen (Volkswagen), Volvo (Volvo).

First of all, this solution will be appreciated by active users of mobile gadgets. If your smartphone is already loaded with your favorite music, concerts or films, you can watch them on the way or pushing in traffic jams, also if you want to watch a football match or your favorite TV series, a movie in an online cinema or. you can see all this on a large standard screen of your car and on additional monitors for rear passengers.

Another important advantage of such a solution will be free NAVIGATION taking into account traffic jams on that large standard monitor: Yandex Navigator, Google Map, Navitel, ProGorod, Cityguide, iGo Primo and any others.

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Also in the equipment kits for Audi, Mercedes, BMW, School, Volkswagen and others there is an input for a rear view camera, as well as an iPas adapter for forming active parking lines, which allows you to connect a rear view camera to facilitate reversing and parking.

DLNA AirPlay. This technology is used if you want to output sound and picture from iPhone or iPad to a standard or any other monitor in the car. The adapter is compatible with all iOS version.

MIRACAST is a technology used by Samsung, also called AllShareCast. To transfer pictures from Samsung smartphones of the latest generation, you need to switch our adapter to Miracast mode, select the Screen Mirrorring option in your smartphone, select the SMI adapter and connect to it, after which the image from your Android smartphone will be completely duplicated on the standard display. The adapter works with all smartphones with Screen Mirroring function. In fact, when installing the appropriate software (similar to Miracast), almost any device based on Android OS will work with this gadget: Sony, Samsung, HTC

Install a rear view camera in the car

While a rearview camera is usually standard on modern vehicles, it can also be installed on almost any vehicle. The type of car is not as important as whether you have displays that can make the rear view camera easier to operate. For example, many dvrs and headunits will allow the use of a reversing camera, so be sure to check the compatible hardware you may already have before choosing a camera.

If you don’t have an existing screen to use, or prefer not to mount the camera on a permanent base, there are also several different types of rear camera with more temporary screen mounting options.

Installing any rear view camera is usually quick and fairly straightforward, as long as you are comfortable stripping off a little interior trim and routing, removing, and connecting multiple wires. Connecting the camera to an existing head unit or other display can be a little tricky, although if you can follow the instructions that came with your kit, that’s all it really takes. that’s a little more patience. You usually don’t need to drill holes in your car as you can run wires through existing conduits, and depending on whether you decide to solder the wires or install plugs, you can also make your rearview camera detachable.

The first and most obvious place to start when deciding where to install your rear view camera. this is the back of the car. Try to install the rear view camera in such a way that it does not obstruct or get in the way when opening the trunk of your car.

For this article, we will be using a camera with a screen mounted in the rearview mirror, although (as we mentioned) there are many other rearview cameras available as well. to suit different displays, layouts and mounting methods.

Begin the installation by securing the mirror monitor above the rearview mirror and extending the cable to the headliner. The monitor needs a 12-volt ignition supply, which can be found near the mirror or in the dashboard and located with a test light or a multimeter.

There are cameras where the yellow plug is for the video stream from the camera, and the white plug opens the option for a second camera, if needed. As we noted earlier, different cameras will have different wiring, so be sure to carefully read the attached wiring information for your specific device.

If there is no power source near the mirror, route the cable along the roof lining and down the pillar using the video signal cable. The 6m signal wire should run all the way to the rear of the vehicle, so find an easy (but protected) route under carpets and dashboard trims. until you reach the trunk or rear doors. Make sure that you do not pinch the wiring or route it in such a way that it could be stretched or damaged over time.

Now set the camera as you want; Recommended location. dot above the license plate. Make doubly sure that nothing obstructs the clear view of the camera backwards. and do not install the camera too low or in places where it may collide or move when accessing the rear of the vehicle.

Pass the camera wire to the inside of the car by drilling a new hole; or using the existing license plate light hole, if possible. Two supplied screws and double-sided adhesive tape hold the camera in place.

The camera requires 12 volt feedback to turn the camera and monitor on when reverse is selected. This power supply is easy to connect, just look for the reversing light in your tail light and use a test light or multimeter. to determine which wire is positive.

After all plugs are connected and power connections are made, it’s time to test and set up the camera. Make sure the parking brake is on and turn on the ignition. Shift the gear to reverse and if everything is properly connected, the image will appear in your mirror.

Your new rear view camera setup will complement your parking skills and greatly enhance the safety of your vehicle.