By Land Line staff
Editor’s Note: We would like to thank our readers for their tremendous response to our March cover story, “Dash Cam Defense.” Here is the additional information you requested.
While there are only a few “true” dash cams – forward recording video systems – on the market that are either designed for truckers or can be modified and used in trucks, that doesn't leave truckers out in the cold. But they have to be willing to either spend a little cash or use some ingenuity.
DriveCam Video System in San Diego has developed its DriveCam video event data recorder. DriveCam is a palm-sized video recorder that can monitor driving activity and record sights and sounds inside and outside a vehicle. When a triggering “event” occurs – an accident, hard acceleration, rapid stop or quick turn – images and sounds are saved.
DriveCam records images and sounds into a digital looping memory buffer. It typically records full-color video for 10 seconds before resetting itself and repeating the sequence. Once triggered by an appropriate event, it saves another 10 seconds after the trigger point. Thus a total of 20 seconds of the event are available to show not only what happened, but also why it happened. The DriveCam recorder can also be triggered manually by pressing a button on the unit to capture an event.
The DriveCam unit will run about $1,500. For more information, call DriveCam at 1-866-419-5861.
Mobile Video Enforcer
The Mobile Video Enforcer, a Motorola offering, is a digital camera system designed to collect, store and catalog events.
The Mobile Digital Video Recorder portion of the Mobile Video Enforcer includes a 60-gigabyte hard drive and 24-hour recording capacity. The system comes with up to two cameras, auto iris adjust for nighttime recording, pre-event recording and event-triggered recording.
Depending on options spec’d, the Motorola units range from $1,200 to $2,500 each. For more information, visit motorola.com.
Try a little modification
Most camera systems available for vehicles are designed with either in-vehicle recording or rear collision and blind-spot reduction as the major design element. Talking with these companies may afford the savvy trucker with a slightly modified but effective front-recording in-cab camera.
Cheap but effective
With video systems running into the thousands in most cases, truckers might not be interested in the expense. But that doesn’t leave them high and dry when they’re interested in the dash-cam defense.
Several OOIDA members have reported success in capturing the road and activity ahead of them with digital cameras (or even the “old-fashioned” tape camcorders) mounted in their trucks with everything from high-tech mounting systems to something much more low-tech – like duct tape.