@cengland0@cengland0 A long time ago a car magazine pundit said that the best way to ensure safe and defensive driving was to put a spike in the center of the steering wheel, aimed at the driver.
Dashcams are a good substitute and more compatible with airbags. You don’t want to damn yourself with the video, so drive like everyone around you is an insurance scammer trying to make you hit them (there are a lot of them out there and they “get whiplash” from a hard stop with no contact.
@TechnicGeek - The spike doesn’t ensure safety of THAT driver, it’s a driver of defensive driving by the driver. Deciding to drive defensively defends the driver from the device driving a divot in the driver.
Has to be better than those ones they sold a while ago that strap on to the front of your mirror and were tinted blue so you couldn’t see shit at night or wearing sunglasses during the day, practically guaranteeing an accident
I paid $70 for a Yi Action Cam a couple years ago. The biggest downside with that it has no screen. But it does take nice photos too and you can put scripts on the SD card to make it act like a dash cam and do other things.
@baqui63 this dash cam doesn’t appear to have that issue. my sample was factory reset which is why it has the 1/1/14 date. if you buy and encounter any issues just let us know (but don’t think you will)!
does it only record in 3 minute loops or longer in another mode? One I have now can record 20+ hours continuously (not that anyone could drive that long at once). And only a 32 gig card max seems like 3 years ago technology. 2 of the big brand cards may not work? What’s up with that? And I see the manufacturer has supreme confidence in these refurbs only for 30 days. Yikes. Time to move along now…
@RedOak I read all the reviews a few months ago on the Yi. Biggest issues mentioned in the reviews: “poor image when unit gets hot”, “internal battery exploded from the heat”, “case melted from the heat”. I’m in the Arizona desert, so there’s no avoiding the heat.
I wonder if companies research names before they use them. I’m sure I can call this a Southern AZ problem, but Papago was the old name for the Tohono O’odham tribe members that live here. The word roughly means “bean eaters”, so I can understand why it fell out of favor and can now be considered an insult.
I guess you can cover it in black tape if you happen to live around here.
Google “ibeat blaxx” to read about another unfortunate product name.
talk about unfortunate product names:
Bluetooth Music Speaker，Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass,Hi-Fi Portable Wireless Stereo Speaker By PUNICOK,Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung and More
Did not one single English speaking employee raise their hand and say ummmm, maybe another name?
Too late, already have have a dash cam in my car. Wish I had it that time a car was weaving in and out of traffic and flipped over several times right in front of me. It was awesome … the driver lived too.
PAPA-go? What a sexist camera. Thanks for assuming all driving is done by the males of the household. Where is the equivalent MAMA-go? Amazing half of the camera market is eliminated. Can this be used by my wife while pregnant and acting as the sober driver? I do not see this listed in the features. Must know! Thank you.
Stock photo of what it looks like in front of my rearview mirror. With the advent of all the safety features cars now have positioned in the same spot, attaching a cam like this to the mirror is absolutely useless.
@cinoclav cars are offering way too many options that we don’t need and also the more “bells and whistles” that we opt for there are more things that can break. My ? is don’t some vehicles already have dash cams installed? I think they should be standard.
@growyoungagain I do tend to hesitate with the options for just that ‘more things to break’ reason. However in this case, what’s embedded up there are definitely worthwhile safety features, including lane departure warnings and ‘Smart City Brake Support’ which responds even faster than my quick reflexes are capable of doing. As far as I know, the only car with a built in dash cam (as an option) is the C7 Corvette. It’s part of their ‘Performance Data Recorder.’ It’s a wonderful idea though which I’d bet would result in a real world reduction of false insurance claims. Most people don’t know that modern cars have a ‘black box’ that records a lot of vital info which is particularly useful in case of an accident. If a built in dash cam stored the footage where the driver was unable to access it, they may think twice about doing something stupid knowing all this information could make them liable.
Can you reverse it to show what is happening inside the car? Because the real reason you need a dash cam these days is if the cops pull you over and wind up shooting you for looking at them sideways or something.
@medz statistically you are probably right, for a middle-aged white woman such as myself. Young black man, maybe not so much. But if we weight the statistical likelihood of use by importance in the grand scheme of things, it still qualifies as a darn good reason. Though, admittedly, importance in the grand scheme of things is kind of at odds with everything meh stands for.
Well it’s quite a bit more than 50 bucks but I got a Garmin nuviCam LMTHD 6" GPS Navigation Built-in Dashcam Maps HD Traffic Refurb for just over 200.00 w/free shipping over at ebay a few monts ago and am very happy with the dashcam part as well as all the other stuff with it. (Just saying)
My dash cam got me on the local news. A chunk of pavement was launched from the car in front of me and smashed a hole in my windshield. A few months later the news ran a story about it because someone was actually knocked out from a chunk going through their window. I sent my clip in. They stopped by to do a quick interview