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Pearl Automation

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Pearl Automation
Founded 2014
Founder Bryson Gardner, Joseph Fisher, Brian Sander
Headquarters Scotts Valley, CA
Number of employees

Pearl Automation Inc. was a company building aftermarket automobile technology, focused on delivering “driver awareness features”[1] and helping “speed up the pace”[2] of technology adoption in cars. Pearl was founded by Bryson Gardner, Joseph Fisher and Brian Sander in 2014 and announced its first product in June 2016.[3] The company is based in Scotts Valley, California.[2]


The Pearl RearVision product was purchased by American Road Products Inc. ( as Pearl Automation Inc. closed its operations ( The product continues to be sold, supported and maintained for its customers.

Pearl’s first product, RearVision, is an aftermarket, “easy-to-install”[4] automotive backup camera and alert system[5] that attaches around a license plate and sends video directly to your smartphone[3] through a car adapter plugged into the OBD-II port.[6]

The system is solar powered[7] and features two wide angle[3] high-definition cameras, one for daytime images and one infrared sensitive for low light conditions at night,[8] 180-degree field of vision, multiple in-app views and zooms, and automatic software updates.[5][9] RearVision's obstacle alerts to provide visual and audible alerts as you approach objects.[8]

Pearl sells products direct to consumers[2] through its own website and through and Crutchfield.[10] In January 2017, Pearl announced a partnership with InstallerNet.[11]


Pearl has raised $50 million in Series A and B venture capital rounds, from investors Shasta Ventures, Accel, Venrock and Wellcome Trust.[2]


  1. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Got an old car? Thanks to three Apple renegades, you can install your own rearview camera". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tilley, Aaron. "These Ex-Apple Engineers Want To Put A Backup Camera With Computer Vision On Your Car". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Lynley, Matthew. "Pearl Automation's license plate cover puts a car backup camera on your phone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Three Ex-Apple Engineers Want To Make You A Safer Driver In Under 15 Minutes". 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  5. ^ a b Bhuiyan, Johana (2016-06-21). "A team of ex-Apple engineers just launched the Nest for cars". Recode. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Apple Alums Dream Up a $500 Backup Camera For Any Car". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  7. ^ Popper, Ben (2016-06-21). "A huge team of Apple veterans is now making smart accessories for your car". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  8. ^ a b "Pearl RearVision Backup Camera Review". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  9. ^ Goel, Vindu; Cruz, Anthony (2017-01-02). "Growing a Different Apple". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  10. ^ Broussard, Mitchel. "Former Apple Employees' 'RearVision' Vehicle Camera Launches for $500". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  11. ^ "Pearl Backup Camera Teams With InstallerNet". 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
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