Proven Techniques for Protecting Your Backup Cameras From Bad Weather

Having backup cameras in your automobile has become necessary, as technology has made human life easier while reversing or parking the car. However, it becomes challenging to use cameras during the rain or winter. The camera’s lens tends to fog up or get blurry due to the raindrops or cold, which many don’t know how to handle. Read on to know how you can get past this situation and enjoy driving in bad weather too.

Backup Cameras in Winters

Lower temperatures can distort your backup camera’s images or destroy the system entirely in seconds. The camera would become blurry or covered in snow or dirt in such conditions. Owners from major brands question whether their vehicle has a faulty camera and what can be done to obscure their view in minus-degree temperatures. It’s possible that simply cleaning the lens with a microfiber cloth could fix the problem. Use a cleansing solution to remove the stains. Besides that, many cars come with an auto-cleansing camera that you can use to wipe off the dirt. But, this feature is available in limited automobiles, so you should pick up the liquid and start cleaning yourself. Some suggest coating the backup camera’s lens with a hydrophobic fluid, such as Rain-X, to keep the sticky snow away.

Backup Cameras in the Rain

In the rainy season, your car might suffer from internal condensation. Or, if you have turned on the heat inside, it can also make the glass a little foggy. If this situation arises, it can damage your backup cameras as they are very delicate, and the water can enter the electrical system of the camera and do harm. To avoid this situation, always check for internal condensation and regulate the airflow to get rid of it. If your camera is affected, try drying it by keeping it inside a bowl of uncooked rice or simply laying it in direct sunlight. If there are any cracks afterward, seal them to avoid further damage. You can also use an extended shield or a cover that will fit around your camera, protecting it from the weather.

Final Note

Whilst it’s pretty easy to fix a blurry backup camera, automakers often suggest drivers not to fully rely on the backup cameras as they are only there to assist them, not do all the work for the drivers. Even in ideal situations, backup cameras are not foolproof. So, take precautions while driving in poor weather and rely on your instincts and experience instead of backup cameras.

The Hyundai Veloster N Gets an Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission

It’s been confirmed by Hyundai’s N performance division, that the Veloster N will gain an automatic transmission soon. The powerful hatchback was available as a manual-only car before, but it will soon have an automatic eight-speed dual-clutch. Hyundai will add this new transmission option and will also place paddle shifters, as well as a feature they call “Grin Shift.” Rumor has it, the name of the feature was chosen because it makes the driver smile while using it!

The Hyundai Veloster N Gets an Eight-speed Dual-clutch Transmission
The Hyundai Veloster N Gets an Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission

An Eight-speed Dual-clutch Transmission and Paddle Shifters

The company shared some details about their upcoming automatic transmission hatchback, pointing out it will have an eight-speed dual-clutch and that it will be coming soon. The new transmission will be based on an eight-speed dual-clutch unit that experts assume is the same as the transmission that’s being used for the Sonata N-Line, which is also expected in the near future.

Hyundai’s Instagram post shows that there will be paddle shifters on the steering wheel and a great-looking shift knob. The board will also have a special display in the gauge cluster that reveals what Hyundai calls a “Grin Shift” mode. Although it’s still unclear what exactly that means, it sure sounds fun! The teaser reveals that there are light-up seat inserts which look quite interesting and may just be a new option for people interested in purchasing the Veloster N.

Hyundai Veloster N's Interior
The Hyundai Veloster N Gets an Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Dual-clutch Transmission Should Improve Acceleration

Hyundai’s Veloster N has a sole engine option: its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four comes with 250 horsepower, or there’s a more impressive 275 horsepower for the Performance package available as well. The new dual-clutch transmission is expected to help improve the acceleration when compared to the manual transmission. During testing, the manual Veloster N did zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

Enthusiasts are looking forward to learning more about the new dual-clutch model and its capabilities. It is expected to be available for the 2021 Veloster N and this version should be in the U.S. later this year.