The auto industry is characterized by constant change. Sometimes, the changes are minor, like the addition of a new color or a new grille design. Other changes are more significant and can sometimes leave buyers kicking themselves for not holding out another year to get the bigger, better, cooler feature. However, Chevrolet is offering owners of 2014-current Silverado trucks a cool integrated trailering camera system that will work with all trucks equipped with the available trailer-towing mirrors.
Codeveloped with Echomaster, the system includes two cameras integrated into the trailer rearview mirrors and a third wireless camera that mounts onto the rear of the customer’s trailer to give them full visibility behind the trailer. Similar to Honda’s Lane Watch system, when the driver activates either the left or right turn signal, the corresponding camera sends a live video feed into the center screen. The system can also accommodate an optional fourth camera that can be mounted anywhere the driver wishes, including inside the trailer, if transporting livestock or other sensitive cargo. Chevrolet (and presumably GMC as well) will also offer an available accessory camera integrated into the third brake light at the top rear of the cab to monitor the contents of the bed. Views of any of the four cameras can be activated at any time by the driver.
The system will be available through Chevrolet dealers starting in April for $999, excluding tax and installation. Chevrolet is also offering a factory-installed integrated fifth-wheel towing package for 2016 Silverado HD models.