In-car camera gives you eyes in the back of your head

Garmin offers babyCam for parents on the road.
Garmin offers babyCam for parents on the road. Photo: Supplied

Many kids will tell you that parents have eyes in the back of their heads.

It's important for people looking after little ones to have a good idea of what they're up to, but that can prove problematic on the road. Distraction is a key cause of crashes, and taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds can be a recipe for disaster.

That's something Garmin is looking to address with a new system that turns portable GPS units into baby monitors. The tech brand's "babyCam" camera mounts to the back of driver or passenger seats, streaming live video footage to compatible GPS units mounted to the windscreen.

The compact camera mounts to the back of a driver's seat.
The compact camera mounts to the back of a driver's seat. Photo: Supplied

Drivers or passengers use simple voice commands to ask their mapping unit to flip between guidance and camera modes, allowing parents to keep tabs on little ones while keeping both hands on the wheel, and their eyes facing the right way. The system has a night vision mode to allow people to watch little ones in the dark. 

It also reminds drivers to check for passengers before leaving the car.

The Garmin babyCam unit is available around Australia for $279.