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So I asked a few technicians about this at work today and none of them have seen this before. I believe it's some sort of safety feature, but I don't know what the purpose of it is and I don't believe there's a way to disable it.

I have a front view camera on my RAV, and when displaying the camera on the screen, it looks like this:



Does anyone know what that dark area is for? Look at the camera view on the left, there is this dark shaded area in the middle of the picture.

Anyone else have a front view camera and notice this?


I also looked in the owners manual and online and didn't find anything. Not sure if this occurs on 2016 models, would be helpful to know if it does or not.

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I have a 2017 model aswell, and it's the same. But this is normal on all models, it's because how and where the cam is mounted.



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Same in 2016
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It's just awkward to see that on the screen, and there's nothing covering the lens or anything. I guess I'll have to get over it

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So I asked a few technicians about this at work today and none of them have seen this before. I believe it's some sort of safety feature, but I don't know what the purpose of it is and I don't believe there's a way to disable it.

I have a front view camera on my RAV, and when displaying the camera on the screen, it looks like this:

Does anyone know what that dark area is for? Look at the camera view on the left, there is this dark shaded area in the middle of the picture.

Anyone else have a front view camera and notice this?


I also looked in the owners manual and online and didn't find anything. Not sure if this occurs on 2016 models, would be helpful to know if it does or not.
That center area is just darker than the rest of the image.
I'm wondering if that's there to reduce glare from direct lights/sunlight.
I noticed it's not completely blacked out area. After closer inspection in my 2016 rav4 hybrid, I noticed
the full camera view is still there just the middle section is a lot darker.
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That center area is just darker than the rest of the image.
I'm wondering if that's there to reduce glare from direct lights/sunlight.
I noticed it's not completely blacked out area. After closer inspection in my 2016 rav4 hybrid, I noticed
the full camera view is still there just the middle section is a lot darker.
Yeah, the area isn't completely black, it's just much darker. Not sure why it's there though, and for whatever reason, there should be a way to disable it. It bugs me that I can't view a clear picture from my front camera

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Yeah, the area isn't completely black, it's just much darker. Not sure why it's there though, and for whatever reason, there should be a way to disable it. It bugs me that I can't view a clear picture from my front camera
If you tilt your head and look up you'll have a clear view from the front of the vehicle.

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Ah, the Toyota tech team strikes again with another winner!

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Is this camera hooked up to a recording device? If no, what purpose does it serve, what option is it included with?
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Is this camera hooked up to a recording device? If no, what purpose does it serve, what option is it included with?
no. it is not hooked up to any recording device.

it does help with the parking assist feature, allows you to see how close you are to the front of the parking spot, also if there are any objects lying in front of your vehicle below the hood (a forgotten children's bike on the ground for example). it is not meant for you to be able to view while driving, the view will turn off at speeds over 6mph.

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