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Reverse Alert FAQ

Can Reverse Alert be fitted to any car?

Yes. The technology can be fitted to anything with a brake pedal.

Is Reverse Alert integrated into the computer of the vehicle?

No. Reverse Alert is a stand-alone system.

Does Reverse Alert conflict with Australian Design Requirements?

No.

What is the difference between standard reversing sensors and the Reverse Alert Sensors?

Standard reversing sensors are not designed to apply the vehicle’s brake and simply provide the driver with a series of audible “beeps”. The Reverse Alert sensors have been designed to trigger a response that results in the brakes being automatically applied.

Does the Reverse Alert sensors/system continuously beep

No. This is a deliberate design feature of the Reverse Alert System. Research indicates that continuous audible beeps over a period of time can actually have an adverse effect on the mindset of the driver i.e. complacency. As such, the Reverse Alert system will only provide a serious of beeps when the brake has been applied and in the final stages of Park Mode i.e. vehicle getting closer to object.

Can I have Reverse Alert fitted if my car already has reversing sensors?

Reverse Alert Australia recommends that existing sensors are disabled during installation. The disabling of sensors needs to be performed by qualified service technicians.

The picture to the right is of a vehicle fitted with factory sensors and the reverse alert sensors.

The factory sensors were disabled by the dealership technician. With this particular vehicle the decision was made not to install the Reverse Alert sensors into the factory sensor holes, because the location of the existing holes were not ideal for the Reverse Alert sensors i.e adequate sensor coverage.

Can the sensors be colour coded to match my vehicle?

Yes.

If I am driving down the highway at 100km/h can the system be activated and the brake applied?

No. The system is designed so that the solenoid can only receive power when the reverse gear is selected.

If I reverse at very high speeds will the system respond?

No. The system has been designed for speeds up to 5km/h – normal reversing speeds.

Is the reversing camera integrated into the Reverse Alert System?

No. Reverse Alert will work with or without the presence of the camera. The reversing camera, however, complements the Reverse Alert System. For example, the presence of a reversing camera helps the driver understand who or what may have triggered the automatic braking. The camera is supplied as an option.

What is the installation time?

Standard installation time (with reversing camera) will range from 3hrs to 3.5hrs. If existing reversing sensors need to be disabled this will add an extra 45 mins to the install time.

I already have a reversing camera, can I still have Reverse Alert fitted?

Yes. The Reverse Alert technology is a stand-alone system, meaning that an exisitng reversing camera does not confilct with the technology. In fact the presence of a camera adds greatly to the automatic braking technology.

Do I have to reverse very slowly when using park mode?

Yes, when reversing in park mode the driver must reverse very slowly, ensuring that the driver keeps control of the speed. In this mode the sensors are not detecting objects at 1.6 metres but at a distance of 40cm. As such, the speed needs to be very slow so that the system has time to respond. The speed of the vehicle needs to be less than walking speed.

Will the sensors detect everything?

No. The sensors may not detect small objects or objects out of the range of the sensors. Please contact the place of purchase / installer for further information.

Can Reverse Alert be installed on both manual and automatic vehicles?

Yes.