Ex-Apple engineers are making incredible tech for your car — here’s their first product

A trio of ex-Apple engineers launched a new company out of stealth mode in June. It’s called Pearl, and it makes tech for your car.

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Fifty out of Pearl’s 70 employees used to work at Apple. But instead of focusing on building a new kind of car or a self-driving car system, like Apple and so many other tech companies are doing, Pearl is focused on creating high-end technology that all cars can use.

Here’s what Pearl’s first product looks like:


Pearl’s first product is a weatherproof backup camera and alert system that you install as a typical license-plate frame.

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It looks pretty easy to install. Pearl says that it takes only a screwdriver and a couple of minutes.

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Pearl says that its easy installation is one of the key aspects that sets this product, called RearVision, apart from similar rearview-camera systems.

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The bottom of the frame, interestingly enough, has solar panels, so the two high-definition cameras power themselves, basically.

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Once it’s in place, it will automatically live-stream footage to your smartphone.

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Pearl provides a magnetic mount for your iPhone or Android smartphone, which hooks to your vent or dash.

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Pearl provides an adapter that plugs into your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) port, which connects the cameras on your license plate to the Pearl app on your phone.

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The adapter is also responsible for analyzing the video streams to detect obstacles in your path, as well as providing audio and visual alerts to your phone.

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Altogether, these components essentially turn your phone into a backup camera.

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You can switch from normal to super-wide views so you can pan left and right around corners.

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The system will also alert you through the OBD adapter when you’re getting too close to an obstacle while backing up.

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Having a backup camera is vital. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration <a href=”http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/NHTSA+Announces+Final+Rule+Requiring+Rear+Visibility+Technology”target=”new”>recently mandated</a> that all new cars must have rearview cameras by May 2018.

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This technology can save your life. And it’s particularly important to consider if you don’t have this kind of tech already and if you’re not looking to buy a new car anytime soon.

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Pearl’s RearVision system costs $499. You can order one <a href=”http://shop.pearlauto.com/”target=”new”>here</a> right now.

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This is just the first of many car products Pearl plans to produce. We look forward to seeing what else these ex-Apple engineers have up their sleeves. For now, check out the video to see how RearVision works: