This is the Unit that I have had for a Few Years and I Love it. It saved me a couple of Tickets. Once a California Highway Patrolman claimed I ran a Red Light at Left Turn. I told him I did not but he Issued me a Ticket anyway. I went to Court and proved I was correct. The Cop frowned but thgen most Cops do. This Unit will record your Speed, Direction of Travel and Front and Back Views of the Road and inside of your Vehicle.. It only cost a couple of Hundred Bucks but it will Pay for itself with the First Traffic Citation (if you are Innocent)
As announced by the media in December: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to make it mandatory for automakers to install a so-called "black box" in all new cars and light trucks...
In recent years however, automakers have quietly begun installing similar products in more and more cars.
That may not be as sophisticated as the one you're referring to, in particular I don't think they will have the video capability.
Not awful, but yet another thing to have to stick to the windshield. More dangling power cords and another thing for someone looking to steal GPSs to spot and break a window for. I'm rather surprised that, if you had it installed as shown in the video, that the California cop didn't issue another ticket for having that. Not sure how the law is worded there, but my understanding was that the user supplied GPS had to be mounted in an awkward place in the lower left side of the windshield. And this is a GPS receiver, even if it doesn't provide a moving map display.
I'm looking for something similar that I can mount behind the grill. I wouldn't get the inside view, but I would trade that for the lack of clutter. Getting the other captured data including speed and GPS would be fantastic though. And, of course, it would have to operate completely automatically when power was applied.
You want a V Box. My track day/racing buddies use them with great results. Cameras where ever you want them.
How much memory does it hold?
My 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has a black box that supposedly (only) records and stores info from the 20 seconds (or so) before airbag deployment, speed, seat belts, whether or not brakes were applied, etc.
So that tells me it's always recording but in a loop where those few seconds before impact are kept.
Cars today are rolling computers, add onboard GPS there isn't much that couldn't be disclosed about your driving habits.
What I think is the access to the black box should be limited and permission needs to be obtained by the owner of the vehicle.
Are they not disclosing the black boxes in newer cars at the time of sale at the dealer?
Don't think you will ever have info like this that the owner can control. There has been boxes on most cars for years that gave a few seconds on info just before a major crash. I worked in the insurance field and on some occassions we got the info off if it would be useful. Most accidents are minor and if you drive the vehicle afterward it is lost and in most cases the info on it was of no help. (It would not help determine the color of a traffic light, ect.)
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