Vehicle accessory start-up Pearl, which was founded by three former Apple engineers, has begun shipping its “RearView” car camera system to the first round of pre-order customers, while also making the $500 device available to purchase for everyone else on its website. The company announced RearView back in June, focusing “on the existing install base” of people with older cars by introducing a high tech, attachable license plate accessory that connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone, displaying a 180-degree rear-view field of vision when backing up a car.

Pearl claims that RearView “installs in minutes,” thanks to a “theft resistant” camera frame for a license plate, and a simple dongle that’s plugged into a vehicle’s diagnostic port. The system also comes with a vent mount for the smartphone, so users can get a hands-free view each time they begin backing up their car. A few other features of RearView include:

Automatic Updates​ — Pearl RearVision is the one backup camera and alert system that will never be outdated. The Pearl App updates just like other apps on your phone, with new features and enhancement delivered automatically.

Dual HD Cameras​ – Advanced dual HD cameras deliver super-wide views of what’s behind your car, and Night Mode provides stunning clarity in low-light situations.

Intelligent Alerts​ – Audible and visual alerts warn you when objects, cars and people are in your path. It includes a range of alerts, from simple ripple at further distances to a firmer warning when an obstacle is close by.

Hands-Free ​- Dock your phone in portrait or landscape on the versatile Pearl Phone Mount. Included as part of the RearVision platform, the Phone Mount will also be sold separately at

One of the biggest features pushed by the company is RearView’s ability to “never be outdated,” thanks to persistent updates to its smartphone app. Specifically, Pearl stated that by the end of the year the app will gain the addition of back-up path lines, rich notifications on iOS, and app auto launch on Android. With today’s shipment announcement, the company said that because “response has been so great” to RearView, “it could take several weeks to fulfill every order” originally placed over the summer.

In addition to the announcement that RearView is heading out to pre-order customers, Pearl confirmed that it has partnered with Amazon and Crutchfield so that anyone interested will be able to purchase the RearView system on either website “this holiday season.” Those who would prefer not to wait can purchase RearView for $499.99 from Pearl’s website today, which currently has a 2-3 week shipping estimate for new orders at the time of writing.

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