See behind you and in your blind spots all in one place, your rear view mirror, or actually your NEW Rear View Mirror Monitor with built-in Dash Cam and DVR. The DVR records HD video from both front and rear cameras at the same time while you drive. This system is very handy when you get into an accident so you have great evidence when needed. Capture other collisions in front of your vehicle or behind it, or other unexpected events too. The Phantom rear view camera has an excellent wide-angle of view and low-light vision for night time driving. Get more information on the Phantom ICU Car Camera at CarCamSystem.com/product/phantom
The installation procedure is actually pretty simple if you have the right tools. This information is for The Blackbird ICU Car Cam System which is mounted on the roof. First make sure you have a screw driver(type may vary depending on car manufacturer), a trim removal tool, wire crimp tool, a step drill bit (if there is no factory hole for the camera), and vehicle manual (for electrical system schematics). The hardest part of installation is removing some of the vehicles trim to get access to inside the roof liner, where you have to run the camera and monitor wires. The entire installation process may take 1-2 hours.
- Remove all trim necessary to allow partial removal of the roof liner on one side of the vehicle, typically this will be the driver’s side due to the location of a power source such as your fuse box or electrical wiring. Trim removal usually includes front and side pillar, sun visor, coat hangars, roof grab handles, etc.
- Once the roof interior is accessible, you can access the Sirius/radio antenna and remove it (if applicable), or carefully drill a hole for the ICU Car Camera on top of the roof near the rear window.
- Once you mount the camera connect the extension cable to it and run the cable all the way to the rear view mirror and leave about 4 inches of cable dangling from the roof where it connects to the video monitor.
- Attach the ICU Video Monitor to the face of your rear view mirror with the spring loaded fingers that will grip the mirror.
- Connect the video monitor cable to the monitor, then run the cable down to the location of the power source, typically this will be along the front windshield and down driver’s side front pillar to the side of the dashboard.
- Then connect the ICU Video Monitor cable to a power source by connecting the power wires using the provided splice taps to a 12V switchable source such as your radio, A/C, etc. Optionally you can connect the power wires to a 10A-20A fuse with a fuse tap adapter.
- Once all the cables are in place you can replace the roof liner and all trim that was removed.
After installation your ICU Car Cam System is ready for use and should turn on automatically when you turn on your vehicle’s power.
This is what you see on a rear view mirror… but this is what you see with the ICU Car Cam system
The other night I was driving on the freeway, in my ICU Video Monitor I could see a car coming up behind me in the next lane on my left. He was going about 90 mph and I could tell he was slightly drifting into my lane. All of a sudden I felt my car being pushed to the right like a very strong wind was pushing me. Sure enough that car was passing right next to me almost side swiping my car, it scared the hell out of me! So I swerved away as fast as I could to avoid him and luckily he missed my car by inches! He was going so fast I couldn’t catch up to him in traffic to get his license number and report him to the CHP. It’s driving situations like this that really call for a new type of protection when you drive, at least a way to prove the actions of other driver’s at fault. So I have developed a new type of car camera system that can record 360 degrees at the same time to protect a driver in case of an accident. The Blackbird ICU Car Cam System can record video to a DVR for video evidence of the rear view, and The Dragon ICU 3-way Dashcam can record video of the front and side views to a DVR. When combined the two Cam Systems can record to a mobile 4 video channel DVR for complete protection in case of an accident providing proof of another driver at fault.