Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has handed top-spec variants of its Ranger bakkie a rear-view-mirror-mounted USB outlet designed to power a dashcam.

The Blue Oval brand’s local arm says the move is in response to a general trend towards dashcam usage, saying the USB port is “unobtrusively” positioned. It effectively eliminates “unsightly” cables that would other run across the windscreen or facia from the camera to the power source. The USB power outlet is in addition to the existing ports in the vehicle.

Now standard on the Ranger Raptor, Wildtrak and Thunder derivatives, Ford says the USB port adds a “level of convenience and neatness” to the fitment of any windscreen-mounted dashcam.

“Often it’s the small things that make the biggest difference and the USB power outlet in the rear-view mirror is another example of how Ford is able to offer additional value to its customers,” said Dale Reid, product marketing manager at Ford SA.

“This standard feature on some of our new Ranger models proves that Ford is constantly responding to emerging trends, particularly when these trends have the potential to improve the safety of our drivers.”