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2010 GMC Terrain: Rear View Camera

December 08, 2010

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Our Terrain has one of those rear view cameras with the guidance lines that bend in proportion to the amount the driver turns the steering wheel. I've always wondered if those line correspond to where the car actually goes so I did little non-scientific experimenting this morning.

Video after the jump.

Forgive the camera shake. It's difficult to hold the camera steady with one hand and turn the wheel with the other. All this video shows is what the guidance lines do as the wheel is cranked lock to lock.

Furthermore, I discovered after a few trials that with the wheel cranked to the lock the Terrain actually ends up far inside where the lines show it going. Not that it really matters. I use these tools only as additional insurance when reversing. It's good in my cul-de-sac to avoid the many children who like to sneak behind a reversing car.

The take away? Use the guidance lines as an indication of which direction the Terrain will turn, not where it will actually go. And if you didn't already know that, well, you shouldn't be driving anyway.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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