Having at least some blind spots while driving is unavoidable, which is why in 2018 lawmakers made it mandatory for all new cars to have backup cameras installed.
This new law helps prevent over 18,000 accidents each year, as well as avoid minor accidents from people backing up their cars into things they can't see.
Unfortunately for most people with older cars or vehicles, buying an aftermarket backup sensor and paying for a professional to install it is expensive.
So what do you do in this situation if you want the benefits that built-in parking sensors or a backup camera can provide without the high cost?
Thanks to new budget-friendly technology called Type-S Wireless Backup Cameara, now anyone can easily install an affordable and functional wireless backup sensor on any type of vehicle.
The Type S is an autonomous wireless backup parking sensor, or parking assistant, that will sense when your vehicle is too close in proximity to any object and automatically alert your smartphone.
Most parking sensors make use of high-frequency sound waves that bounce off objects. The Type S sensor also has a receiver that uses the reflected waves in order to calculate the distance between itself and the object, as long as it’s within the supported range.
After the calculation is done, the Type S sends the information to your phone via Bluetooth. That information is then relayed to you via audio and visual notifications.
It's very easy to install the product in just under 5 minutes. Here's how:
Step 1: Install the app, which is compatible with both IOS and Android smartphone.
Step 2: Mount the Type S device on the front or rear above the license plate with a screwdriver.
Step 3: Connect your device to your smartphone and you're ready to start driver safer getting alerts!
Wireless parking sensors are quite advanced technology, given the amount of tasks they can perform. In order to have maximum efficiency, it’s important that a parking sensor meets several criteria. The Type S wireless backup sensor meets and exceeds these criteria with ease.
Our favorite thing about Type S is the fact that the unit is completely solar powered. While most backup sensors, whether aftermarket or built-in, draw power from the car’s battery, the Type S sensor will automatically charge using solar power.
This shouldn’t be an issue in the sunny states and areas, but it may pose some problems and challenges during winter and in areas that have fewer sunshine hours per year. However, all you really need is one good charge to enjoy the sensor for several weeks.
The alarm is only as loud as your phone allows it to be. That being said, it’s quite loud and has a very distinctive sound, so there’s no chance that you won’t recognize it when it goes off.
At the same time, once the alarm starts ringing, you’ll also receive a video notification. The app displays the proximity to objects with a simple three-color 2D graphic representation. Green is for objects far away, yellow means they’re getting closer, and the red color indicates immediate impact danger.
Due to the three different highlighted areas, even colorblind drivers should be able to make use of the IOS and android app. When you get near an object, the line closest to the car on the app’s display gets highlighted.
Installing and configuring the app shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. As long as you have the tools to remove a license plate, you can be on the road testing the sensor immediately after unboxing it. Compared to other products, it is designed to be way less complicated
Saying that a device is ultra durable isn’t always true especially not in the world of non-brand car accessories.
However, the Type S backup sensor has a rugged, durable exterior enclosure that provides the electronic components with excellent protection from extreme temperature variations.
In fact, the unit has been tested to withstand an operating temperature between 14ºF to 122ºF (-10 centigrade to 50 centigrade).
Also, the unit is waterproof (rated IP67) and will work in nearly any weather conditions, including rain or snow. This rating indicates superior waterproofing, the kind that can handle water immersion at a depth of up to 1m, as well as high pressure water jet streams.
This is very convenient because you won’t have to remove the sensor to go get your car washed. It also means that the device can handle operation in heavy rain and blizzard like conditions.
If anything goes wrong with the product, there is no need to worry since it comes with an excellent warranty.
The battery can last for days if you get some decent light. However, after 30 minutes of inactivity the Type S automatically turns itself off. This is thanks to the G-sensor technology which allows the Type S to track the car activity.
Because the device won’t be on 24/7 unless you’re driving 24/7, the battery can last a lot longer compared to other products.
The wireless connectivity is a convenient feature because it the process to install is easy, takes only 5 minutes, and doesn’t require multiple tools and wire management for mounting the unit.
Plus, it allows users to pair the sensor with their favorite smartphone or even with the onboard computer if it has Bluetooth connectivity.
The Type S backup sensor can be paired with Android and iOS devices. The app is free to download from both Google Play and the Apple Store. This is highly convenient as all drivers can benefit from back-up protection, regardless of the device they use.
Not all sensors in this class can boast the long range, accuracy, and promptness of the Type S backup sensor. The sensor picks up objects from 3.9 ft. away.
The sensor has a range of 0.1 to 3.9 ft. This is usually enough to offer accurate assistance when parking, backing up into traffic, or maneuvering in tight spaces and busy neighborhoods.
What if you left your phone in silent mode? The Type S manufacturers took that into account.
Even if your phone is in silent mode, the notifications still come up when the sensor detects a foreign object in the 0.1 to 3.9 ft. range.
At the same time, the app will trigger vibrations on your phone which you should be able to hear or feel.
In one customer review, they made it a point to emphasize how useful the Type S sensor can be for parents. The sensor can act as a safety net for teenagers with little to no parking experience.
Another user review went on to mention that the sensor also helps save money on future repairs, especially because before installing the sensor, her teenage driver backed up into a post.
Another customer review said they were also pleased about the accuracy and range of the Type S proximity sensor. She also mentioned that the seamless installation was equally impressive. Both the hardware and software installation and configuration were very user-friendly, as advertised.
There’s no shortage of parking and proximity sensors on the market. Drivers have a wide range of products to choose from on any given day. That said, not all of them are as good as advertised.
Convenience, accuracy, safety and how easy they are to install are all very important aspects of a parking sensor. When it comes to the Type S, this sensor’s scores are off the charts in many categories. It’s one of the easiest to use devices of its kind.
It’s accurate and it has an impressive range and can be used as a front or rear sensor on any vehicle type. The app works on all Android or iOS devices and it is free.
It also offers audio, visual, and physical alerts when other vehicles get into the device’s sensor range.
The Type S parking sensor is completely wireless and has a very simple app. You can have it installed above your license plate and paired in under 5 minutes.
First, you have to pair the device to your smartphone by downloading the app from either the Apple Store or Google Play. Open the app and make sure that the Bluetooth and GPS are enabled.
After that, press the small button at the back of the wireless sensor. Wait for the blue light to turn on. After that, wait for a notification that your device has been found.
Click on OK to pair the two devices. You’ll know that the device works when the proximity alarm starts ringing on your phone.
Now it’s time to install the wireless sensor on your car. This is the best part; all you have to do is remove the license plate and attach the Type S sensor to the car. Then screw the plate back in. This is enough to secure the sensor, even if you’re driving on off-road terrain.
Yes. The Type S sensor is a unidirectional wireless sensor that can be placed either on the front plate or the back plate. Although most drivers may not feel the need the front-placed parking sensor, it is still a good idea to use one.
The smartphone app that’s bundled with the Type S sensor also has a visual display for the front plate sensor. If you pair two devices with your phone, you’ll be able to see two sensor ranges — one in the back and the other in front of the car. The only small issue is that both sensors have the same alarm sound.
Therefore, if foreign objects trigger both backup sensors at the same time, you’ll have to check the app display and look at the highlighted colors in order to see what’s going on.
Since the Type S is an wireless solar-powered backup sensor and it doesn’t rely on wiring, it is easy to use on any vehicle to improve the your driving safety and reduce accidents, especially when you decide to park.
It can be used on motorized and non-motorized vehicles. However, due to its characteristic design, it is best used on a vehicle that has license plates.
Yes. The Type S wireless backup sensor has a one-year warranty. This covers everything including wear and tear from daily driving and manufacturing defects.
There is some approximation regarding angles that will be expressed in the app’s visual interface.
The range indicator will light up on the left or right side depending on from which side your vehicle is approaching the object. The entire range indicator will light up if you’re driving straight towards the foreign object.
However, the audio notification will always be the same, regardless of the angle or direction of approach.
It’s important to note that the left-to-right coverage of the backup sensor is not too wide, but still wider than the width of a regular car, especially at the 3.9 ft. maximum distance.
Overall, Type S may not be the cheapest wireless backup sensor out there, but it's designed to be the least complicated to install on any vehicle, and offers the same safety benefits compared to any higher priced model.
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