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Hey guys.. I just got a 2012 SEL with MFT without the backup camera. Now I think I want it [8D]

I was able to locate the camera, module and hardware on fordparts.com. My question is, how difficult would it be to install myself? Is it possible that it my car is already pre-wired (as in plug and play)? I noticed on some F150 and mustang forums that some are saying it is prewired if there is MFT or nav installed already. I know that a flash will be needed but Im a little unsure of the installation itself.

Any help would be appreciated and TIA!
 

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I would be interested too. I don't know if it's prewired, but my titanium occasionally shows a message on the console when in reverse that a "backup camera is not installed". This makes me think it may be upgradable.
 

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Here is the message I occasionally see on the MFT screen when I shift into R. Sorry for the quality, was on my cell phone. I guess MFT is programmed to look for a backup camera even if one is not installed.

I wonder how difficult it would be to wire one of those to MFT.
That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
 

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Hey guys.. I just got a 2012 SEL with MFT without the backup camera. Now I think I want it [8D]

I was able to locate the camera, module and hardware on fordparts.com. My question is, how difficult would it be to install myself? Is it possible that it my car is already pre-wired (as in plug and play)? I noticed on some F150 and mustang forums that some are saying it is prewired if there is MFT or nav installed already. I know that a flash will be needed but Im a little unsure of the installation itself.

Any help would be appreciated and TIA!

Yea, I would have liked to have gotten it on my Titanium but I didn't want to pay for the assisted parking technology package to get it.....$795 to parallel park once or twice a year? Come on! If I lived in New York or somewhere I had to aprk on the street everyday then maybe. It is a cool feature and I would have liked to get the camera by itself....but not for the price.
 

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I thought of it as, for spending $695 to get the front parking sensors and backup cam, and then get the Park Assist for free.
 

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Here is the message I occasionally see on the MFT screen when I shift into R. Sorry for the quality, was on my cell phone. I guess MFT is programmed to look for a backup camera even if one is not installed.

I wonder how difficult it would be to wire one of those to MFT.
This suggests that it might be as simple as supplying a video feed... but then, there may be another module that has to attach to MFT - Something to overlay the lines, register the steering wheel position to bend the travel lines and such...

If anyone has pulled apart the dash yet, is there a simple RCA input on the back of the head unit (or somewhere else) or is the some complex connector that another "backup module" attaches to? Maybe some PAC-love down the road then for an aftermarket module.

I don't have my focus yet, but am in the same boat of not wanting to pay 700 for the parking package, but am addicted to the camera in my Murano. I think wiring the aftermarket camera would be the worst part.

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I got my titanium off the lot and it came equipped with the active park assist package. Not something I would have ordered because of the cost, but I do like the back up camera. I don't think I've had to parallel park in over a year. I just picked up the car on Wednesday and I think I'm going to drive around after work today just to look for a place to try the SAPP
 

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That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
If it were possible after the fact, I would be careful about getting a non-OEM camera. MFT is likely carefully calibrated to use the OEM camera. If you get a different camera (with different focal length; lens distortion characteristics), the overlays that MFT draws over the camera image will likely be wrong.
 

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I have added after market cams to both Dodges and Fords.

Coastale Tek makes a good camera with plenty of cable. I am sure there are other brands/companies out there. Find the AV hook ups, mount the camera and be sure to route your wire securely. Less the 100 bucks.


http://www.coastaletech.com/LOCKPICK_CAMERAS.htm
 

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I have added after market cams to both Dodges and Fords.

Coastale Tek makes a good camera with plenty of cable. I am sure there are other brands/companies out there. Find the AV hook ups, mount the camera and be sure to route your wire securely. Less the 100 bucks.


http://www.coastaletech.com/LOCKPICK_CAMERAS.htm
I will probably order one of these cameras and test it out when my car gets delivered. It looks like I just need to find the A/V feeds for the camera and it is a simple connection. I'm guessing the camera just mounts on the license plate somehow. The only other thing that I would love to have is those front sensors. Can those be purchased after market?
 

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Waiting for details to this.
So one installs the hardware and the software figures it out?
That's the plan but we won't know for sure until someone attempts to hook a camera up. If an owner that already has the backup camera can temporarily disconnect it we would see if the message is the same: "Backup camera not available"
 

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That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
lol it's not a high-res screen at *all*. It's 800x398 if I'm not mistaken. That's less than any smartphone that you can buy on the planet.

The camera probably records at like 640x480 (which is standard television resolution and not high-res by any means). I doubt you'd be able to find many cameras that record at a lower resolution.
 
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