While researching camera security systems, I ran across a mention of a Car DVR. Now it is common knowledge that most law enforcement officers hasve such systems. There are even portable systems that law enforcement wear on their person to directly record what occurs during their rounds.
The technology is actually quit portable and effective, as you will soon see.
I settled on a dual camera system with adjustable cameras. It costs all of $79. Being a computer geek, I had an extra 16Gb MicroSD card for the unit.
The idea was to not only test out the tech but see if I could get a reliable recording facing the front and back of my truck in traffic. The CarDVR is set to automatically start and record when my truck is started.
Unfortunately, the resolution is not that great on this model and the built-in battery always charging is a bit of a charge cycle wear/fail/start a fire in your vehicle type of concern.
Since I commute from Norfolk to Hampton every day, traffic can be a bit odd, stressful and demolition derby-ish. Not only have I witnessed several accidents but was almost involved in a few.
A recording from such a device would go a long way to faithfully represent what happened in such and accident or help out another person who was hit in front of me.
Just such a thing happened recently.
Notice the back car that is in the right lane that I eventually get behind. She weaves in and out of traffic until…
I’m told the girl driving the black car fell asleep at the wheel.
I actually forgot about the CarDVR until the State Trooper called me at work as a witness. I had called in the accident.
At least I was able to help out the guy who was rear-ended.
If I were to buy one now, I would look for A CarDVR that has no battery, runs directly from the 12v DC connector, has only one forward facing lens and was at least 1280 x 720, say like this one.
If you are considering one of these, just make sure to factor in the MicroSd card you will have to purchase and consider what type of editing software you will need. If the CarDVR you purchase records video in standard AVI format, then there is a good free AVI editor/trimmer from SolveigMM.
I used it to edit the video posted here.