Here’s my dash cam by the way.. i have it hooked in to the passengers sunvisor clip and sort of wedged in place by blutack to stop it from wobbling too much..
If i get hit by someone overtaking or pulling out of a junction, in a lot of cases it’s your word against their’s. I’m by no means a perfect driver, but i don’t do anything stupid and try to stick to the rules. I’m confident if i have a crash i won’t be at fault. So video evidence will protect me/save me (financially/legally) if i can produce it.
Anyway, this got me thinking… all modern cars are technology laden… Stereo system, GPS, rain sensing wipers, ABS, heated mirrors, parking sensors etc.. etc…
A camera would cost what? €100 to fit and install. (low-res, basic setup). a 250 gig hard drive would cost another €100 perhaps. So lets say a mounted camera synced with 250gig hard-drive and dedicated power pack would cost €500 (being very generous). The camera could auto record the minute ignition is started. 24 hours of video would take at most 25 gigs of space. So you could easily store a full week 24/7 worth of video in the car’s harddrive.
If you don’t need it/haven’t crashed, had no incidents etc, the harddrive would auto format and free up space for the following week and so on… All of that would cost €500 max. It would surely lower insurance costs as gardai would have video evidence from two vehicles involved in a collision. It could save legal costs/hassle/insurance companies in those your word against mine situations as the video would provide conclusive evidence.
It’s an unecessary expense, i’ll give you that. But surely it’s as helpful/valuable as reversing sensors or rain sensing wipers?? It would act as a ‘black box’ in cars and provide closure to many accidents/deaths that occur on our roads. Think of the joy it would bring you if some guy pulled out in front of you, claimed you were at fault and demanded you pay for the damage and you then turn around and produce the video 😎 That would have to be the best feeling in the world