Rear facing camera

Forward facing dash cams have become very popular these days, and for a very good reason: Traffic accident scams are on the rise, and without the benefit of an impartial eye witness, a victim of one of these scams can be held liable for the accident. Just type in “Dash cam scam” at Youtube to see some examples.

Rear facing dash cam
Rear facing dash cam

The only problem is, what if the scam accident happens from behind? This had happened to me in my previous car, where, while merging into the middle lane on the Don Valley Parkway in extremely slow moving traffic, the scammer decided to accelerate into me. When the officer arrived, he indicated that it appeared that I was at fault, as I was halfway into merging into the lane. The scammer left me a gap to merge into, and waited until I was halfway into the lane to make it appear as though I was at fault. If I had a rear facing dash cam, I would have been able to capture this scammer in action. Fortunately, I am a very good driver, so my insurance company gave me one free “At fault” accident, and my rates were not affected. The ridiculous “Dangerous driving” charge the cop levied against me was also dropped, so my driving record remained clean. However, this taught me a valuable lesson, and the idea of a rear facing dash cam had been burning in the back of my mind since.

There are some challenges when installing a rear facing dash cam. Running the wire in a hatchback is more complicated than is running the wire for a front facing dash cam. I wanted one that delivered decent quality and reliability, but didn’t incorporate an LCD screen. It had to be small in order to not obstruct my rearward visibility.

Fortunately, Nissan left access holes to make fishing the wire easy. Right above the dash cam mounting point is a plastic sticker covering a hole left over from manufacturing:

Dash cam mounting point
Dash cam mounting point

Using metal fish tape, I fished the wire up the driver’s side, and up through the rubber housing that protects the wires that run into the brake light and wiper motor in the hatch. I removed the driver’s side tail light to get access to the cavity, and fished the wire up through the point where the carpet and plastic meet.

There's a wire in there...
There’s a wire in there…

The real challenge was bringing the wire up through the rubber seal. I first fished in a piece of twine, then used that twine to pull the power wire through. This was the most difficult part of this job.

The power wire does fit in there, honest!
The power wire does fit in there, honest!

After that, I fished the wire through the cavity of the hatch to its final destination. I have a 3 way splitter beneath the driver’s seat, powering the front camera, back camera, and my cell phone which doubles as my GPS.

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