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Better Trunk Open Warning



Provide a stronger warning when the trunk is open and backing up.


Ready to back out of garage. Wife closed the trunk lid, heard beep (as did I) and we started to back up. Noticed (what I thought was the driveway complete with the two white stripes) and turned to look out the back window. The screen showed the car with a yellow glow where the trunk was. The trunk lid was up and it hit the garage door frame – very slightly but enough to cause $7,800 damage.

The rear view camera was actually looking at the open garage door that looked like a driveway in early evening. The trunk lid was not open on the screen as when any of the doors are open – it just showed a yellow glow that meant nothing to me. The rear window can be open or closed – you can’t tell the difference from the driver’s seat.



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Category: Tags: entered 3-Jun-2015


Add more insistent beeps, like when the headlights are still on and exiting the car.
Same for open frunk; I started driving one day and mistook the frunk open chime for the seat belt warning (I had by bag in the back seat). As I reached ~40kph the frunk flew open!

Flashing the screens wildly would be a good indicator that something potentially critical is about to hapen.
This happened to me too. I am hearing impaired and did not realize my trunk lid was open, going in the garage I hit the door frame. Confusing that with cardboard box I thought I ran over, I backed up and rammed my open trunk lid into the garage door frame. Entire trunk lid had to be replaced. Seems to me a better open door warning system could be implemented.
I am not the only one to back out of garage with rear hatch open.  Bent the rear hatch on garage door frame.  Expensive mistake that could have been avoided with a audible warning