How does VW Overhead View Camera work?

How does VW Overhead View Camera work?

When you’re driving a big Volkswagen like the Touareg, you’ve got a commanding view of the road. Sometimes, however, you can’t quite see obstacles in your blind spots or visualize how close the corner of the vehicle might be to an obstacle. That’s where a feature like Volkswagen’s Overhead View Camera (also known as Area View) is great to have. It links together views from all of the vehicle’s onboard cameras to give you a 360-degree perspective of your surroundings. Let’s find out how it works.

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VW Area View cameras

If your Volkswagen is equipped with Area View, it has four onboard cameras. The front camera is located in the radiator grille and gives a 180-degree view to the front. The side cameras are located under the vehicle’s side mirrors and give a 90-degree perspective toward your blind spots. The rear camera is located in the handle of the tailgate and gives a 180-degree view of what’s behind. The views from the four cameras are digitally stitched together in real time by the electronic control unit and displayed on your vehicle’s touchscreen.

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How to use VW Area View

You can use Area View to see into the blind spots on either side of the vehicle including curbs and obstacles right alongside the car that you might ding your doors on. In front view mode you can use the parking help lines to steer yourself precisely into a parking space. With the wide angle lense, you can also “see around corners” to check whether a pedestrian is coming from the left or right, or to see when it’s safe to exit a parking space. In rear view mode, there’s even a help line to guide you when backing up to a trailer hitch.