Other important car DVR system features include high-definition video, storage and connectivity. In the future, this list may expand as users may demand more functionality from their car DVRs. Systems today provide a surveillance record of car accidents for investigations, but car DVRs of the future will do more to monitor the driver’s behavior, encourage safe driving, and improve the safety of our vehicles.
Car DVRs are a hot topic in the media right now. Perhaps you’ve heard Stephen Colbertand Jon Stewartmention how these dashboard cameras caught footage of the recent meteor shower in Russia; or maybe you’ve heard fromNBC Newsthat a car DVR recorded a vehicle incident involving a school bus in New Jersey.
Car DVRs are already very prevalent in Russia as well as in Taiwan and Korea. While car DVR is still growing in America, the video of the bus collision in New Jersey shows how important car DVR is to keeping our roads and drivers safe in the U.S. as well. Not only do car DVRs keep record of events like car accidents and meteor showers; they also provide us with information that will help us understand what the major causes of accidents are, how drivers respond during an accident and whether or not key safety systems within the vehicle function properly. This information will help the government create safer roads and car manufacturers develop safer vehicles in the future.
One thing that both of these incidents demonstrate is that you never know when you will need a car DVR to record an event, but you can certainly count on it to provide you with video footage when you need it. Leave us a note and let us know if you have a car DVR and what events it has helped you capture.
There are a lot of interesting stories on the internet about drivers having to install vehicle video recorders in their cars because of people that jump intentionally in front of them on pedestrian crossings to swindle money. A lot of similar cases were registered lately and the driver`s only way to prove he is innocent is to install such a recorder in the car, having such a video and presenting it to the judge will prove your innocence if if you've been injured in a car accident.
Forward-looking vehicle cameras have been touted for at least 15 years as solutions to a set of problems that mostly don't exist in the USA. It's one thing to run a dashcam in Russia or Afghanistan, but quite another in a country where the vast majority of drivers are law-abiding.
Dashcams sound like a great boon for insurance companies, but not so much for drivers.
Given their usefulness, they should be standard on all vehicles, especially bikes and motorcycles. Not only can the cameras resolve accident causes, they would be invaluable in helping to correct self destructive driving habits.
Also, if we put a little software behind the camera, we could shut down the vehicle if we detected that the driver was impaired.
Just a thought,
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