Common errors include such things as failing to remove sunglasses while manoeuvring a vehicle from a light to dark areas, for example when reversing or driving into an enclosed building.
Reversing cameras can distort ‘depth perception’ and drivers find it difficult to judge distance alone when relying on reversing cameras. Some cameras have their own LED lights for reversing at night or into dark or poorly lit areas, while other cameras rely on the light being emitted by the reversing lights of the vehicle they are fitted to. Reversing cameras could lead to the driver adopting a false sense of security, with regards to obscured or constricted vision, and should not be relied on as a sole means of assessing the areas behind vehicles for manoeuvring purposes. In some instances they have a limited field of view and do not necessarily detect objects to the extreme sides of vehicles or below the field of vision of the camera.
Some cameras are also prone to becoming dirty as they are fitted in the ‘turbulent air’ directly behind the vehicle, which can lead to the lens becoming dirty from road grime and dust or mud. Reversing proximity beepers are also prone to not detecting objects which are round, as the ‘sonar’ sound wave bounces off at acute angles and does not necessarily reflect back to the vehicle. Some proximity sensors are also fitted too far apart leaving areas which are not covered. However, the driver may not necessarily realise this and his reliance on the product is then compromised.