Gone are the days of straining your neck to check your rear view when you drive in reverse. Backup cameras, which were made mandatory in cars in 2018, attach to the rear of your car (ideally as close to the center of the vehicle as possible) and send the footage to a console display, a monitor attached to your dashboard, or an in-set screen on your rearview mirror, offering you better visibility than ever before with none of the discomfort. Some backup cameras offer a simple rear view, while others use a series of cameras to simulate a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle and its surroundings. Some have a sensor that produces a beeping sound when your car gets close to another object. Most will at least have a grid of lines that appears on the screen to provide context for how close you are to objects in view. Just because you have a rearview camera, though, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. You can always upgrade — you might even be able to add additional cameras to an existing system if you’ve got the technical know-how to wire it properly or know someone who does. On that note, if you drive an older vehicle that doesn’t have a reversing camera, it’s a good idea to have one installed. Either way, you’ll find yourself asking the same question: What do I need in a backup camera? Here are our picks for the best aftermarket backup camera in a variety […]