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 on Tuesday — it’s called Pearl, and it makes tech for your car.

Fifty out of Pearl’s 70 employees used to work at Apple. But instead of focusing on building a new kind of car, like Apple and so many other companies are reportedly doing, Pearl is focused on creating high-end technology 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 licence plate frame.

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

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Pearl says 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 adaptor that plugs into your car's on-board diagnostics (OBD) port, which connects the cameras on your licence plate to the Pearl app on your phone.

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

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All together, 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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Having a backup camera is vital. In fact, he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently mandated that all new cars must have rearview cameras by May 2018.

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The camera will also alert you through your phone's speaker system when you're getting too close to an obstacle while backing up.

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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 and ships in September. You can preorder one here 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.

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