TJ - Nothing saying that we have to use the plastic RJ-45 connectors going forward. I used to work in the off-road industry that used networks on a much larger scale but essentially the same idea mentioned here (control on one type; info on another). We used metal RJ-45's from Siemens with the clip being a spring-like device. If the link works, this should be a picture (found with just a google image search):
I have to say, I'm not a big proponent of the camera on the back. I have one on my Acura MDX and I never use it. Perhaps it's the male/female thing, but I, for one, don't trust and can't visualize pulling out without turning my head to see where I'm going. Drives my husband nuts because he can't understand why. Now the cameras for automatic parallel parking--that might be whole other story!
Another recent deployment of Ethernet is at concerts. Paul MacCartney was an early adopter a few years ago, running the sound signals from the stage to the sound board. Now it's being used in theaters as well as at concerts. The benefit is improved network confirguration and lower installation costs.
A camera on the back is a great idea. The first time I noticed that option was on the 2011 Kia Sorento. It's particulalry important since so many vehicles are so big. Use of the Ethernet to transmit data sounds like a good advance. Fixing wiring in cars can be a nightmare.
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