Cameras have arrived. One for each side, and another inside (the front bumper camera is up and running and recording already).
So as I posted above I could fit the side cameras under the side view view mirrors. Like this:
Wide angle, so this is what it can detect:
Camera view (not enough light inside the garage, but I tried to highlight the jackstand in the same spot as above):
Alternatively, and easier place to mount the side view camera would be in the running boards. I tried to keep the same angled as it would be after drilling a hole in the plastic here:
Angles can be changed a lot in both locations, but this last one is a very cool spot, but I think that under the mirror is more useful...what do you guys think?
The car already has a rear view camera, but it's totally focused on parking. I have a 4th camera that I can put inside towards the front or the back, as a 2nd rear view camera. Not sure what to do here.
This is the camera by the rear glass:
Perfect replacement for the OEM rear view mirror, it provides a much better view from the back than from my small stock mirror 10ft further apart, meaning narrower angle, not to mention the rear center screen obstruction which cuts the view by a 1/3.
Alternatively, I could have this vision too, mounted right in front of the rear entertainment screen:
The only use for this would be if I would record this view too (driver input and mirrors). Not much use while driving...but it's a cool angle, I think?
Night cam video with my setup here":
Edit: at 8:59:16 it's way darker, the above video actually starts at twilight. Saving 20Mb files, which is about 2min. Note the seamless transition between files at 8:35:50 mark (@ 54s in the youtube video). You can't notice it (I can't at least), but trust me, it's there! Best feature so far.
Not impressed with the image quality, it seems like the headlights are too powerful and overwhelms/tricks the camera, so what's beyond the headlights are too dark. Not as dark as my previous webcam though, beyond the headlights would just be pitch black.
Edit: I can play most files with WMClassic, even broken ones, after a brief error message. DVR starts recording every time, and it records for 5 min after IGN off.
So I finished installing the other 3 cameras I had bought from aliexpress. Very impressed with the build quality and the image quality from them. More details on them in this thread:
The most AMAZING thing from this installation is that I manage to do it *without drilling a single hole in the car*!!!! WTF?
Here's the pictures to prove it:
1. Rear camera, the hardest of them all...routing the cables all the way to the passenger front (where the multiplexer is), in a 17ft+ car is a challenge!
Now it's where the hardest part started...without the service manual to locate all the clips and bolts, I wouldn't have done it without removing the seats and all that. Very tight clearances all around, it seems that Toyota treated the truck like a small car, all the space went to the passenger area, no "empty holes" behind panels at all, only thick factory harnesses, you have to careful not to damage those monsters (looks like there's 1000s of cables in it, almost inflexible, I can't imagine how much it would cost to replace one of those babies). So the best way is to route it under the subwoofer, after running it along the 3rd row seats, then to the doors and under the carpet.
2. Side view mirror cameras: It's just a matter of reading the service manual and be real patient with clips and all. Take your time and it will see that after everything is out, there is a way for the camera cables to go all the way to the passenger's feet area.
You'll have to remove the tweeter and the door panel. There are two bolts and a clip secured with a plastic screw holding the whole thing. The rest are just pressure clips, very hard to damage those, not much to worry here.
3 bolts and a clip secure the rear view mirror:
You'll also have to remove the speaker to access the door interior and help route the cables to the car:
After the mirror is removed, this is what the door looks like:
And the mirror side:
There is a rubber gasket all around the main assembly, easy to peel it off. No silicone there at all (only between it and the car, as the picture above shows), as you can see the effects of it in the picture below:
After drilling a hole for the camera (okay, one hole needed to be drilled!)
Pictures should be self explanatory, if not, just ask me a question.
I also bought an Alpine TME-M740BT, for $101.00 on ebay. New in box, it still had the plastic on the screen and the wires were still all wrapped. Very cool screen.
So the stock Sequoia with a sunroof had a small convex mirror in the overhead console for monitoring kids in the back seat. That in addition to the sunglass holder. I removed the mirror and the cover, and drilled a small hole to fit the support and the monitor cables. I have tested it and I can come back to stock any time, thanks the the small size of the Alpine screen (the same is not true for a similar mount in the Infiniti with a Xenarc 700TSV).
The Alpine has a proprietary RGBs input, but it seems to me that it's possible to hack it and make it accept VGA signals to it from the carputer. In any case, the main purpose is to help select and control the rear screen entertainment center (aux in) and the cameras (cam in). The screen is connected to the multplex exit, and I can change what camera it shows via remote control.
This is what I did in pictures:
1. The support is an iron bar, that I bend it and twisted and fit it to the slot behind the screen. I later painted it black:
2. This is the top of the overhead console:
The screen can be adjusted to the sides about 15degrees, so small it is (178mm x 100mm - or 7"x3 15/16) , while my Xenarc is 197mmx120mm (7.72x4.88in) for the same screen size!).
This is the support bracket I made from the steel bar:
Does it block the rear view mirror? YES, it does, but:
1. It does not block it more than when the stock rear entertainment screen is down;
2. It's main purpose is to display cameras, the rear one when the car is moving, and the around the car ones when parking. The rear one provides a much better angle and view from behind than the stock mirror. In such a big car, the improvement is GREAT!
Sadly, the multiplexer loses the settings when it's powered off. It defaults to the 4 camera view. I need to hack it to display the four cameras when parking and the rear camera when the car starts, and starts moving. I'm planning to use the Qube with relays to simulate button presses,...any suggestions? I like the qube because it doesn't need a computer to run, but I'm not sure about support. I would need a relay board for that, with room to expand perhaps a 4 or 8 relay board.
Video showing off how the multiplexer works so far:
I have basically the 4 camera view, the view with two cameras PIP, they can be at the bottom or at the top of the screen, or in diagonal; a view with one camera PIP, can be any 4 position (up right, down left, etc.); side by side view, etc. I can choose what cameras go in any view via setup, and each view is directly accessed by a button on the remote or on the unit. I plan to use a relay to setup my prefered view (simulating a button press) when the car starts; and another relay to activate the prefered view when the car is in reverse. I hope I can manually bypass those views if needed.
The Alpine screen has one RGB proprietary input (that I plan to hook the carputer vga out later) an AUX composite input and a Camera input. There is a cable that connects to the reverse wire, when it gets 12v it switches to the camera view no matter what's on screen at the time. I wired a SPST push button to activate that instead, normally I drive with it activated, since I have the carputer main screen already. I plan to hook up an AV switch to the AUX input so I can select the iPhone, Rear Screen content; Secondary "zone" from the carputer, whatever else comes to mind.
You can also note in the video that the DVR is only recording the front camera.