hi all im a brand new newbie here , just got a 2014 chevy malibu less than a month old...anyway i love the car and its fun and enjoyable to drive i came up from a cobalt , so you know what i mean.. so i have a question if anyone might no, i have seen and been around peiople with cars and backup cams , and thiers have these nice lines or diagrams if you will on there backup display that shows where abouts you are in ref to a parking spot etc...now on my model it seems has only this big giant display and ive found it hard at time to judge where you are or how far to back...i would have thought it also would have the sensors beeping to but has none... i mean ive been doing a little practice with it backing in spaces etc but wasnt quite as nice as ones that shgow you grafs and where you are in relation to anything...thanks if anyone has any info on this ..
The only 8th generation Malibus that had the lines on the back up camera view were some of the very first 2013 ECO models with navigation. For some reason only those had it then they removed it even from them.
I read somewhere, but haven't independently confirmed, that the lines on the screen are copyright protected, and cannot be used without paying a licensing fee. According to the article, GM did not want to pay the fee.
I backed mine up to my wife's car as practice when i first got it. Got out and looked at the rear and how close i was to my wife's care then got back in and looked at the camera view. Now i am pretty much skilled at judging the distance between me an object behind me. Also get a sense of what 1 foot looks like in camera view.
I had the rear view camera on my last car, a Charger R/T, that had lines on the screen. They helped a lot. I had rear parking sensors on several cars. My last Seville had lights that would change as you got closer to something... one yellow, 2 yellows, then red would come on about 18" from hitting something.
The wide angle rear view camera on the Malibu helps, but could use much improvement. We have all of the factory options on the LTZ. There were so many lights going off all the time that it was distracting, so we chose to turn off the lane deviation warning.
Remember, the reason we even have back up cameras is as a government mandated safety feature to keep people, especially small children from being ran over. They weren't intended for convenience, even though they obviously can be if done right.
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