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New to Dashcams? Read this!

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What are dashcams?

In-fleet connectivity and advanced driver assistance technologies have enhanced the utility of dashcams—making them more accessible and user-friendly than ever. Dashcams or dashboard cameras are video recording devices mounted on the dashboards of commercial fleets. Although to be fair, they are quickly gaining a lot of popularity in the private vehicle market.

How can AI make dashcams better?

AI dashcams offer more to the users than the simple recording of road events. They can capture high-definition videos of critical moments like head-on collisions, rear-view collisions, and near misses. Events like these trigger notifications and the violation snapshots are uploaded onto the cloud for review. Just minutes after a road accident or driving violation, fleet managers can access video evidence and find out who’s really to blame for a road accident. With in-cab coaching, driver alertness monitoring, and risk detections, AI-based dashcams can greatly reduce the probability of accidents. AI dashcams collect contextual data that can be churned into rich driving insights. So, raise the standard of your fleet safety with AI dashcams!

Dashcam Types

Dashcams can be road-facing, like front-view, rear-view, or side-view or they can be driver-facing. Road-facing dash cams help fleet managers analyze traffic conditions and driving patterns. On the other hand, driver-facing or in-fleet dashcams can track inattentive drivers and alert them in real-time. All to gather, these dashcams can mitigate the risk of fatalities and help drivers navigate the road with safety. Here is a quick breakdown:

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In addition to the angle of recording, you’ll find a wide range of dashcams based on the following:

  1. Size (discreet dashcams or visible dashcams)
  2. Cloud compatibility 
  3. Storage and Memory cards
  4. Video quality
  5. GPS logging
  6. Audio recording

Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to getting a dashcam. It is often a good idea to determine your business pain points before choosing a dashcam.

History of Dashcams

Dashcams didn’t always be as indispensable as they are today. Just a few decades ago, the scope of application of these windshield cameras was limited to the law enforcement sector. The police patrol vans of the United States, in the late 1930s, used dashcams to record traffic road violaters. Early dashcams were bulky, expensive, and had poor video resolutions. The captured footage was stored through VHS cassettes which made it inconvenient to track historical videos. 

The sleek AI dashcams available to you today have undergone substantial improvements ever since countries like Russia and UK mandated dashcams for commercial fleets. In the early 2000s, false insurance claims skyrocketed. With pretend accidents happening on the roads, private car owners ended up paying large amounts of money in court settlements and monthly premiums. As a result, dashcams quickly came to be an important tool to battle false claims, prevent car vandalism, and even robbery.

Legalities around dashcams

Are dashcams legal? What about driver privacy? As dashcams continue to become increasingly popular, familiarizing yourself with legal ramifications is a good idea. 

  • All dashcams that record personal audio and video should be GDPR compliant. So, if you are an organization that records its drivers, you need to make sure that you’re complying with data protection laws and handling PII (personally identifiable information) carefully.  
  • There are strict laws that prohibit the obstruction of drivers’ view of the road because of dashcams. When installing a dashcam, make sure that it doesn’t hinder driving operations. 
  • If your dashcam records an accident or a crime, the police department investigating the case may access your dashcam recordings. These recordings prove to be valuable testimony in a court of law. 
  • In some countries, dashcam recordings may conflict with other types of surveillance laws. You may need written approval from the drivers as well as the in-fleet passengers before being recorded. Laws are subject to change based on geography and the industry of your operation. It is always a good idea to double-check country-wise laws before installing a dashcam.

How did AI dashcams become a necessity?

1. Driver Safety

Fleet managers are quickly realizing that road collisions are not just a safety issue, but a financial one too. Collision on the road can spike your insurance premiums, maintenance costs, and post-repair charges. Needless to point out that when you gamble against safety, you risk lives. Smart Dashcams can predict road collisions, alert drivers, and provide real-time coaching. Not only does this help reduce the risk of fatality, but increases on-road visibility.

2. Irrefutable Evidence

Dashcams provide insights and record moments leading up to a road accident. Not only can organizations use dashcam video footage to contest false insurance claims, but also for live driver coaching sessions. Smart dashcams record as soon as you turn on the engine—so if you run into any problems, you’ll always have proof at your fingertips.

3. Compliance and Economy

Modern dash cams are equipped with features like lane departure warnings, speed limit monitoring, pedestrian crossing alert, forward collision or tailgating warnings, gesture control, and more. These features aid drivers and help them make smarter decisions on the road. With the help of smart dashcams, drivers will be able to stick to safety regulations. By doing so, they make fleets safer and more economical. 

4. Parking Safety

Worried that someone might scratch your parked car? Irresponsible drivers often tend to damage vehicles while parallel parking. With dashcams, you can record all fleet-related actions—even when you’re parked. When park mode is turned on, the dashcams continue to record in a loop, so you don’t miss a thing even when your fleet’s engine is shut off.