Cars with 360 camera

They make your car safer and easier to park. But how does a 360 camera work?

Jul 24, 2018

Cars are getting bigger. There’s no getting around it. Just look at the modern Mini or Volkswagen Golf in comparison to their first iterations and the contrast is striking.

Crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, and Skoda Karoq are also growing in popularity. These types of vehicles are based on family hatchbacks, but have an increased ride height, and are generally taller and wider.

Luckily, technology is growing in parallel with the size of cars, and there’s plenty of equipment out there which helps out with one of the biggest problems associated with big cars: parking.

Most new cars have some kind of sensor attached to them that beeps in relation to how close you’re getting to an object. Some even have reversing cameras, so you can see behind you. But one of the latest trends among manufacturers is to use a 360 degree camera.

What is a 360 degree camera?

A 360 degree camera gives you a bird’s eye view of your car, so you can see all around you when maneuvering. Seeing your car from high up gives you a better of view of exactly where your car is, as well as where objects are around you.

Generally, these systems only work at parking speeds, so you won’t have access to them while moving at normal speeds.

How does a 360 degree camera work?

These systems use video from cameras (usually at least 4) positioned around the car, to digitally create an image on the entertainment screen of what your car looks like from above. They also allow you to look at front/rear and side views at the same time.

Cars with a 360 degree camera

Nissan Qashqai

New price from £19,300 Used price from £14,000

Nissan was an early adopter of the 360 degree camera, so it’s fitting that the company was also an early adopter of the crossover. The Qashqai started the craze and has been a huge hit since the first version came out in 2007.

People love how it blends a high-driving position with car-like fuel economy, all wrapped up in a sharp-suited body. Nissan’s 360 degree camera system is called Around View Monitor and has four cameras, none of which are easy to see to the untrained eye. For instance, the front camera is neatly integrated into the Nissan’s front grille.

Peugeot 3008

New price from £23,430 Used price from £12,000

The 3008 has been a huge surprise. It’s Peugeot’s attempt at a premium car, and it offers levels of technology, quality, and style not found in its class. It even recently won Auto Express’ ‘Car of the Year’ award in its Driver Power survey.

Peugeot calls its system Enhanced Park Assist, and it uses cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye view, which works in conjunction with the car’s touchscreen entertainment system.

Volvo S90

New price from £35,620 Used price from £22,500

Volvo’s large family saloon forgoes promises of rapid performance and smoking tyres in favour of a more relaxed atmosphere. The interior is a prime example of minimalism, as it has a 9inch touchscreen and very little else.  

Volvo’s Park Assist Pilot is only available as an optional extra via the Xenium package. It includes a 360 degree camera, and a system that will parallel park the car for you.

Kia Stinger

New price from £32,025 Used price from £30,000

Kia’s sporty Stinger goes up against the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Volkswagen Arteon. It can be optioned with a 370hp top-of-the-range 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine which is extremely quick, and will go from 0-62mph in just 4.7sec.

You’ll need to pick a GT-Line S model car to get a 360 degree camera, although, this will also get you a powered bootlid and blind spot monitoring.

Range Rover

New price from £81,900 Used price from £40,000

The Range Rover is well known as the luxury car you can take anywhere. It comes with a range of strong diesel engines, plus a powerful V8 petrol if running costs aren’t too much of a concern.

Inside, it has one of the finest interiors of any car on sale. There are plenty of expensive-feeling materials which include leather, metal and wood. It has loads of tech too - but you’ll have to stump up for a top-of-the-range SVAutobiography model to get a 360 degree camera.

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