We consider it our responsibility over here at Automoblog.net to keep you up to date on all the latest and greatest automotive technology, and I think we do a pretty damn good job. Although maybe I’m a little bit biased. On a pretty regular basis, as I’m sure you know, companies send us some of the coolest new tech products for your car so we can test it out and let you know what we think about it.
Over the past couple years though I’ve noticed a massive rise in the amount of offers we’ve been getting to review dash cams. So much so that we had to start turning some of them away. Of course, we tell you about the ones we think are the most noteworthy.
Dash cams make a lot of sense. Not only do they provide a massive safety benefit against theft, vandalism, and in case of an accident, but can also be used to record track times, for example, or record and upload crazy shit that happens up to Youtube. They’ve been used to capture crazy drivers in Russia, asteroids crashing into earth, and even the recent TransAsia plane crashing into the Taiwan river.
The infographic below provided by Carfinance247 goes over some of the reasons for the rise in popularity of dashcams and some of the more practical sides of using one.
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A 10-ton meteor crashes into the outskirts of Chelyabinsk and a dozen different motorists capture the event.
Why were so many Russians filming at that particular moment?
The answer: dashcams.
Where did they come from?
Dashboard mounted video cameras (‘dashcams’) may seem like a relatively new phenomenon but they’ve been in use for over 30 years.
Analog (video-tape) cameras mounted on the dashboard are introduced to a small number of US police departments
World’s Wildest Police Videos, an American reality TV series, popularises the use of dashcams by police
Funding for dashcams sees adoption rates of US police departments rise from 11% to 72%