Vehicle roof mounted camera systems can collide with external structures with low height clearances. A stowable camera mast can help vehicles with roof mounted camera systems navigate structures and overhead obstructions (e.g., parking garages) by lowering the camera system to pass through without collision.

Electro-mechanical actuation can be employed to allow vehicle operators to deploy (e.g., raise) or stow (e.g., lower) the camera system from the ground level without having to climb onto the roof of the vehicle and manually change the position of the camera. The present techniques employ a worm gear and wheel gear driven mechanism to help vehicle operators deploy or stow the vehicle mounted camera system.

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