Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror
Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror. Click image to enlarge

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Review and photos by James Bergeron

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Yada YD-V43 rear-view mirror

With the advent of new laws prohibiting cell phone use in vehicles without the use of a hands-free device, and the tendency in many new vehicles toward poor rear visibility in exchange for crash safety, many manufacturers are now offering Bluetooth integration in their vehicles as well as rear back-up cameras.

But not everyone has twenty to thirty thousand dollars to drop on a new vehicle or even the extra three to five thousand dollars that some manufacturers are charging for these now almost-essential packages.

As usual, the aftermarket is where budget-conscious consumers go for a solution for these types of problems.  You can get a wireless back-up camera and a Bluetooth earpiece or in-car visor clip to solve both of these problems, but typically these separate devices have their drawbacks, such as batteries to charge and maintain. And in the case of a separate camera, there can be mounting hassles to do with the display screen.

Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror
Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror
Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror
Yada YD-V43 Bluetooth rear-view mirror. Click image to enlarge

Yada has come up with a clever solution to solve both of these concerns with one integrated product, a Bluetooth rear-view mirror with integrated back-up camera.  The Yada mirror also claims to reduce blind spots, as it is rather large and aids in covering more of the rear view than your standard mirror.

The Yada mirror has a retail price of $249.99, which is reasonable and affordable for an integrated system.

I installed my unit on our 2008 Toyota Yaris. The total installation time took approximately two hours and I would consider it fairly easy to install if you are a do-it-yourself type person.  If you are not familiar with vehicle assembly or electrics you may want to get a shop to install the system; I would expect to pay approximately another $150 for such an installation.

The first step to installing the unit was to mount the back-up camera on the licence plate with the provided double-sided tape; this was the easiest part of the install. Next, the camera power wire needed to be routed to a power source. On the Yaris, I needed to simply pop off the licence plate light and feed the wire up and into the trunk area.  I did have to dis-assemble all the plastic parts in the trunk area to do this properly, but this was simple enough.

Once the wires were routed to the rear taillight assembly I had to figure out which wires offered power when the vehicle was placed in reverse.

Armed with a simple multi-meter, I had my assistant place the car in reverse while I tested for power.  The kit comes with clamp on wiretaps, but they’re very cheap, and I had difficulty with them. I ended up abandoning the supplied wiretaps after several failed attempts, in favour of some higher-quality ones in my toolbox that were much easier to use and more reliable.

The camera assembly comes with an antenna booster that must be placed inside the vehicle to provide sufficient signal to the mirror. The Yaris had a convenient location inside the shock towers where the booster fit neatly and easily.

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