Hacking Mazda Forward Sensing Camera (FSC)

Mazda MX-5 2016 GT has advanced safety features, like Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS ) and adaptive High Beam Control (HBC).

Here is  the Mazda document, showing how it works.  This is the manual for Mazda 6, but MX-5 is identical.

I’m not sure about the value of having LDWS on a sport car, like MX-5. It often produces false alerts which is quite annoying.  Disabling this feature by turning it off will show up as a yellow warning light, which is also annoying. I’ve not had a chance to test the HBC feature yet. So, I was thinking to turn this camera into a dash cam, by hacking it or even replacing the whole PCB. Continue reading