A client from Harborcreek recently contacted the team at ENORMIS Mobile Specialties to inquire about adding a backup camera and remote car starter to his wife’s 2006 Toyota Highlander. Doug Reichert invited the client to visit our store so he could evaluate how the client’s wife was using the vehicle. After finding out that the truck didn’t have a modern Bluetooth hands-free system, Doug suggested that upgrading the radio while adding a backup camera and remote starter system might be the best overall solution to enhance the safety and functionality of the vehicle.
Toyota Highlander Radio and Backup Camera Upgrade
The client scheduled the installation for Valentine’s Day and brought the truck to the store so Ken Whiteman, one of our MECP-certified technicians, could perform the installation. Ken started the project by removing the factory radio from the dash of the Highlander to make way for a Kenwood DDX 6705S multimedia receiver with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The new radio features a 6.8-inch display, HD Radio reception, support for dual Bluetooth connections and a USB port for charging the client’s Android-based smartphone.
Ken installed a weather-resistant backup camera near the hatch release of the tailgate to provide a clear, unobstructed view of the area behind the vehicle. The camera is integrated into the reverse light circuit of the truck and displays automatically as soon as the transmission is in reverse. Though it takes a little more work to install, we always use hard-wired camera systems instead of wireless because there’s little to no delay between what the camera sees and what is displayed on the radio. Some wireless systems have as much as a quarter-second delay that makes the system frustrating and potentially dangerous to use.
Two-Way Remote Car Starter
The second item on the installation agenda was to integrate one of our Quad Two-Way Remote Car Starters into the vehicle. Because the new starter system has controls for locking, unlocking and hatch release, the client won’t have to carry the original remote. The Quad two-way offers up to 6/10 of a mile range, and two-way communication ensures that the driver will know when commands from the remote have been executed satisfactorily.
Erie’s Vehicle Enhancement Experts
With the installation complete and all of the systems thoroughly tested, Doug gave the client a walk-through of how everything worked. He helped him pair his phone and get Android Auto up and running smoothly. If you are interested in adding a backup camera, remote starter or new radio like this client did with his wife’s Toyota Highlander, drop by ENORMIS Mobile Specialties just outside of Erie, give us a call or send us an e-mail using our online contact page.