How often have you been trying to back out of a spot, craning your neck around to see if you were going to hit anything? Have you ever edged past a car and heard that telltale scraping sound? Trying to navigate tight quarters and backing out is a challenge, but new technology is making that process easier than ever.

The Chevy Equinox 360 camera shows you a full surround view of the area around your car. Given that more than 300 people die a year when backing out, this is an important feature.

Read on to learn about this new technology and how it can make driving safer and easier than ever.

What Is Surround Vision?

Rearview cameras have been popular for a few years now, and have become indispensable. They make backing out of tight spaces easier, prevent you from accidentally backing into your neighbor’s car, and let you know exactly how close you can get to the house when you’re backing up to it. So what if you could see that kind of detailed information about every part of your car?

That’s exactly what surround vision technology offers. This system gives you a view of the entire perimeter of your car so you can make sure you won’t hit anything. Whether you’re making tight turns, trying to squeeze between cars parked on either side of the street, or backing out near a neighborhood kid learning to ride their bike, the 360-degree camera has you covered.

How Does the Chevy Equinox 360 Camera Work?

When you look at the view created by a 360 camera, you may be mystified by how it’s getting the view it is. It looks like there’s a camera hovering about twenty feet over your car. But we promise Chevy doesn’t have a drone following your car around all the time.

Instead, the Chevy Equinox 360 camera stitches together photos from four separate cameras placed around your car. There’s the standard rear vision camera, a forward-looking camera in your front grill, and a camera mounted in each side mirror. Your car’s computer stitches these four images together with a simulated image of your car in the middle, creating a perimeter view.

How to Use It

When you shift your Chevy Equinox into reverse, your car will automatically put the surround vision view up on your console screen. When you shift into drive, the car will show both the front-facing camera and the 360 view. If your car is a 2016 model or later, you can also manually turn on the surround view by selecting the camera icon from your main console menu.

It’s important to note that you should not rely on the surround view when driving. Your eyes are still your best tools, and while the surround vision is great for navigating tight spots, it’s not so good on the highway. Instead, think of this as another tool to make sure you park safely and navigate tight spaces at a slow speed.

Benefits

Of course, the safety the surround vision offers is one of the best benefits. It makes blind spots a thing of the past and can give you a better idea of just how close you are to hitting vehicles you’re driving past. It can also help you avoid accidents from things coming out of your blind spot.

Many of these cameras also offer proximity sensors. They can let you know if you get within a foot of a nearby object, which helps reduce sideswipe incidents.

Weaknesses

Surround view cameras aren’t perfect, though. For those who live in northern climes, you may find that your cameras don’t work as well in the wintertime. The view on some of these surround view cameras can become warped when the weather gets too cold.

These cameras can also run into problems in any type of harsh weather. Snow, rain, slush, and fog can all cause problems for the cameras, and they currently don’t come with any self-cleaning mechanism. So if a snowflake or a bug lands on your front camera, you lose that view with not much you can do about it.

New Developments

Although these 360 cameras are on the cutting edge of safety technology, General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, is still innovating. Recently they’ve begun adding HD options on their rearview cameras. This will make it easier to see small objects that may be in the way, such as screws, squirrels, or snakes.

Other Chevy Models with Surround Vision

The Chevy Equinox and Traverse feature the 360 surround vision in the 2018 and 2019 models. Rearview cameras come standard in all vehicles made after 2018, so you can expect to see those in all the new Chevy models. But some of the new 2020 models will come with an upgrade.

The 2020 Silverado will feature HD surround view, which can be especially helpful for backing down boat ramps, hooking up trailer hitches, and checking on trailers during turns. Models like the Suburban that don’t come equipped with the 360 cameras may still have sensors to prevent accidents.

Get Your New Ride

The Chevy Equinox 360 camera adds a ton in terms of ease of use and safety. Whether it’s preventing deadly accidents or minor paint scrapes, this technology makes driving safer. And when it’s your car and your family you’re talking about, safety is the most important thing there is.

If you’d like to get a Chevy Equinox, come see us at Huber Chevrolet. We’re dedicated to giving you the best Chevy buying experience in the Omaha area. Call us at (402) 206-2117 today, and see how we can help you get into an amazing new ride.

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