Dashboard Camera

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  1. Patsy Faye

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    Do you have one ?
    Think they're a great idea, may get one
    Any experiences - good or bad .............?
     
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    What do you mean by a dashboard camera? My car doesnt have any camera. I know some cars have screens that show what's behind you backing up but mine doesn't.
     
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    Its been around a couple of years, new cars have them fitted, otherwise you can buy one
    Insurance is cheaper with one - if you have an accident its recorded on the camera
     
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    Ok, Ive never heard about them but I'm not very knowledgeable about cars. I know police have them but didn't know cars did.

    My daughter has a fairly new Lexus SUV that has everything but I haven't seen that but wasn't looking either.
     
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    I have seen a lot of youtube videos that were filmed with a dash-cam, like when that huge meteor crashed in Russia a few years back. It seems like there are more of them in some of the European countries than we have here, although they are supposed to be helpful for insurance purposes.
    I am not sure if this is what you are referring to, or if you mean the camera that is dash-mounted, and it shows behind you when you are backing up. I think that most of the newer vehicles have those installed from the factory now. I am pretty sure that @Ina I. Wonder has one in her Kia Sportage; so she can give a good opinion on those cameras.
    My daughter has a new gadget that she really likes. I forget what it is called; but it is like one of those GPS maps that you can put in the address and then the map displays the road ahead and where you should be turning. The difference with this one is that it just looks like a rectangular piece of glass or plastic in front of her, and she can see right through it; but she can still see the map, too. It is pretty unique since it allows you to watch where you are driving and still be watching the GPS map all at the same time.
    I do not think that this is exactly the same thing as Robin has; but this will at least give you an idea of how it looks and what it does.

     
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    Yes I have a dashcam, as does my husband...


    Mine sits on my windscreen...my husbands' is installed as part of his dashboard like a Television screen
     
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    I looked it up because they just aren't popular here and I wondered why. Most places it's illegal.

    https://www.lifewire.com/are-dash-cams-legal-534879

    Here's another article about it. Think insurance companies here don't care about dash cams and won't give you a discount.

    http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Why-Americans-don-t-use-dash-cams-6067560.php


    That clear GPS thing your daughter has sounds cool though @Yvonne Smith ....that's something I could use.
     
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    @Chrissy Cross - dash cams are not very big, can't see why an obstruction, you also don't need
    to look at it, so not a distraction. If there is an accident, its a very useful device
     
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    I love my back up cameras, with my stiff neck it has saved me several times. I can turn my neck, just not quickly, so being able see behind at a moment is a comfort. If I have to park and wait for any length of time, those cameras also allow me to keep an eye on what's around me, or rather what's behind me, as I wait.

    I did get a notice that I could upgrade my dashboard GPS to a GPS with dashboard cam. I'm still considering it.

    I still don't know about half the bells and whistles my car has. Izzy taught me about the seat heater and cooler. Driving down the road not long ago I thought that I was getting a second round of menopause. Not fair. But it turns out, the control for the buttons for the seat warmer/cooler are both on the car's center console, and Izzy hits them with his small feet, the last time this happened Izzy gave me a hot seat, and Bobert got the cold one. It's funny, unless we don't catch it, and I don't drive anywhere for a week or so. Then it's time to charge the battery again. So I bought a portable battery charger about a month or so ago. :confused: :rolleyes:
     
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    I found the information about which one Robin has. Here is a video that shows what all it does and how it works. She just loves hers ! It is called Navdy.

     
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    I like that!! Now I have too many things I want for Christmas and birthdays, lol. I usually say "nothing" when my kids ask what I want....they're in for a surprise! :)
     
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    those HUD displays for the dash are really cool. got me to thinking. this technology came from combat fighter planes. the new F series that came out after the Nam war was the first to incorporate it. pilots were spending to much time looking down inside at the instrument panels so they came up with this. everything is on it to

     
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    I have no special knowledge about them but I can see that there could be a problem if they were obstructing view. This is probably not something that would come up unless the cop that pulled you over had a personal objection to civilians having dash cams, though; since people have routinely mounted GPS units, etc.
     
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    When I had my portable GPSin my old car I know I couldn't put it exactly where I wanted....think I had it sitting on the dash board.

    Now I just use my iPhone GPS but only voice...obviously.

    I'm assuming those dashcams wouldn't hold up here in court or as evidence in an accident. You don't get the whole picture I don't think.

    I have no sense of direction and get lost easily but unless there is a detour I know all the routes I take and Fresno is pretty easy to get around.

    It's when I'm at my daughter's or son's and have to take the grandsons somewhere that I need help.
     
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    This is a very good reason why you need the Navdy, and when you ask your daughter for one for your birthday, you can tell her that it is for your safety on the road when you are out driving. This little device seems to do everything, and it still does not obstruct your view of the road, or distract you from your driving. (Ooops ! Forgot , your birthday is gone for this year, and so is Mother's Day. Tell her it would make such a great Surprise Gift, maybe....)

    You can answer the phone, make calls, send texts, and all that stuff. If you were ever in an accident, you could just tell Navdy to call for help for you , too. This is a great little gadget for someone like you, who drives a lot.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts and links - interesting
    I think they are valuable and will become the norm one day, just as CCTV
     
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    Patsy, is the one you are thinking about getting do video for both the front, sides and rear of your vehicle? I mean. if someone hits you in the rear, with no camera to video that, a dash cam would be useless for that type of accident. What about the sides of the vehicle?

    Ok, I just read this online........there is no Federal law against dash cams, but before buying one, it is highly advised to check with local law enforcement. A dash cam can be considered "infringing" on others rights. Depends on what is recorded. Some dash cams also have audio inside the vehicle, which means that the driver would have to inform any passengers of this. If not, the word "infringing" comes into view again.
     
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    That's kind of what I was thinking @Cody Fousnaugh ....if it only records what's ahead of you then it's not 100% reliable.

    Maybe even our insurance is different than in the UK. In minor accidents, you just exchange numbers and insurance cards, don't even call the police to the scene unless it's major. This is what Ive read and heard because Ive never been in an accident personally with me being the driver.
     
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    myself I would be more interested in a back up cam. they came about from tragic incidents involving parents backing up over they're kids. also a plus in crowed parking lots. there's always some dippo that walks behind you as your backing out.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh - there are various types available to buy
    Not sure we 'will' get one, as we don't do a lot of driving, there again we might :)

    @Chrissy Cross - minor accidents can be dealt with between the drivers here also - and insurance cover is a bit lower
    if a dash cam is in the car :)
     
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