Did you ever wish you could see behind your trailer? Chevy has an answer with the latest blind-spot-assist towing package. Chevrolet worked with Echomaster to develop and integrate this trailering camera system. The best part is – the system can be retrofitted to any 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado that was equipped with towing mirrors. This will work with the Silverado 1500 half-ton or HD trucks.
The system starts out with three additional cameras. One camera is neatly integrated into each of the side towing mirrors. These provide a video feed of what’s happening on the side of the truck and trailer. The third camera is designed to be installed at the back of the trailer. It gets wired into the power circuit of the trailer, but transmits video data wirelessly to the truck via a closed network. The camera view appears on the center infotainment screen when the reverse gear is selected. The operator can also choose between which camera feed to display. The camera selection menu can also be found by pressing the infotainment Home button for five seconds.
The company is planning to add two more cameras later in the year. The system will be able to accept a fourth camera. This will be a wireless video feed of what is going on inside the trailer. This can be useful to monitor livestock and other cargo.
Chevrolet says they will also add a fifth camera that is mounted inside the center brake light on top of the cab. This camera will show the contents of the bed and can assist in hooking up a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer. The bed camera will be available in the summer of 2016.
The initial three-camera system will be available at Chevrolet dealerships in April 2016 for a price of $999. The system is warranted by Echomaster. Taxes and installation labor costs are extra.
We look forward to testing the new cameras soon. In the meantime, here is the 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD dually tackling the extreme Ike Gauntlet towing test.