Activating Toyota Tundra Rear View Backup Camera While Driving Forward
A recent thread over at Tundratalk.net has posed the question: is it possible to use the rear view backup camera while driving forward? Turns out, you can actually do it and there is video proof!
You might be wondering why you would want to use the backup camera in such a way. There are actually a couple of reasons that make a LOT of sense.
Why Use the Backup Camera?
- When you are towing a large load, it would be nice to check the camera to see your load.
- When someone is tailgating you, you can see exactly how close they are without guessing with your mirrors
- Another reason could be to check out the ladies or guys behind you inconspicuously.
Whatever your reason, it is interesting to think about using your rear view camera while cruising down the interstate. The truism is that once you shift the truck into reverse, you will also destroy your transmission. It is logical to think this way since you are moving a large, heavy object forward and then quickly reversing its position. This logic scares enough people that they wouldn’t even think to attempt to do it.
While most people are too nervous to see if it can work, one guy was not. Here is the video:
Well there goes that theory. The new “theory” is that the truck’s computer has a protection setting that actually overrides the reverse at that speed and instead treats it as it is in neutral. However, since the shift knob is in reverse, the backup camera is tripped on by the same computer.
NOTE: It’s at this point that we must say TundraHeadquarters.com does not endorse this particular trick, nor do we suggest you try it at home. We’re not responsible for any problems or damage you may have if you try this yourself.
Now, since the truck in the video is a 2013 Tundra, there is also some skepticism that older trucks would allow this to happen. We haven’t heard of another truck doing this, so if you come across one, let us know. (And we haven’t heard of other truck brands doing this as well).
We should also note that there are other mods to get this to work such as adding a flip switch and wiring.
What do you think? Is this a stupid or cool Tundra truck trick?
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