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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
New postPosted: February 17th, 2017, 11:48 am 
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So, back on topic.
I have one of these for myself, mostly just because there are idiot drivers and this will provide extra evidence if they cause an accident on me.
I have considered getting a dual camera one, not so much for the cabin, but to have a rear view of the idiot about to rear end you. There are some that have a remote wired input for one you can put in your rear glass.

Cables: You may want to think about routing, there are some videos showing how people route cables, cables hanging in the windshield are kind of odd and distracting to me. These things take power and the ones with batteries are nice, but they do not last long.

Arizona is hot. If you have a battery unit, it will age quickly and you will end up with a wired only camera soon, unless it has a slot for you to change the batteries.

Arizona is hot. Even some of the name brand ones will die if you leave them in your car in the summer.
Consider one that you can take out and put back easily.

Arizona is hot. Consider your mount. Generic sticky things will fall off.

Auto-on there are some cameras that turn on recording with the ignition. Most consumer versions turn on when you press it.

While live feed is interesting, it is a target for being hacked, if you care about privacy. Also, data is not cheap for live video feeds.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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There are a bunch of IP camera's out there that allow usage of a remote camera as a motion sensor as an ad-hoc alarm system. This may be cool if it can be used for that. The live view just seems creepy to me. Unless the car is stolen or a loved one hits "Help" I don't think I need to be watching them in the car, live.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
New postPosted: February 17th, 2017, 10:19 pm 
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electrohawk wrote:
So, back on topic.
I have one of these for myself, mostly just because there are idiot drivers and this will provide extra evidence if they cause an accident on me.
I have considered getting a dual camera one, not so much for the cabin, but to have a rear view of the idiot about to rear end you. There are some that have a remote wired input for one you can put in your rear glass.

Cables: You may want to think about routing, there are some videos showing how people route cables, cables hanging in the windshield are kind of odd and distracting to me. These things take power and the ones with batteries are nice, but they do not last long.

Arizona is hot. If you have a battery unit, it will age quickly and you will end up with a wired only camera soon, unless it has a slot for you to change the batteries.

Arizona is hot. Even some of the name brand ones will die if you leave them in your car in the summer.
Consider one that you can take out and put back easily.

Arizona is hot. Consider your mount. Generic sticky things will fall off.

Auto-on there are some cameras that turn on recording with the ignition. Most consumer versions turn on when you press it.

While live feed is interesting, it is a target for being hacked, if you care about privacy. Also, data is not cheap for live video feeds.


When I was reading about dashcams there were some recommendations for units using a capacitor instead of batteries for the AZ heat. I haven't decided on a model yet, but I do see the value of having one for evidence in the event of an accident. I have had a couple of cars try the swoop and squat in front of my truck on the 51 freeway.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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^ Capacitors don't like the AZ heat either. Two options I have used - bring it inside when you exit the vehicle or hard wire it to car battery with a manual off switch for when you are safely parked at home in your garage.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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My 2016 Corvette Z06 has a built in Performance Data Recorder, video and audio, it's a sweet set up. Here is some 1/2 mile racing footage at the Gila Bend Airport. On a 16 Gb Data Card will record about 7-8 hours of footage, so if you want to spend 6 figures on a Corvette, this system is included. [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif]



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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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^ sweet technology that built in system!!

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harleypower69 wrote:
^ sweet technology that built in system!!


Indeed, it has more screen overlays that you can choose from that show different data about the car while racing.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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I run a 2011 GS, 3LT, A6 without a NAV screen. I was blown away just having the HUD and G meter. What you have there is outstanding!

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone w/teen drivers try a real time camera system?
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harleypower69 wrote:
I run a 2011 GS, 3LT, A6 without a NAV screen. I was blown away just having the HUD and G meter. What you have there is outstanding!


Indeed, pretty cool - just wish the rain would go away, streets to dry up so I can drive the Z06. I am surprised having the 3LZ package in your GS that it did not come with NAV, but to be honest the C6's NAV sucked from what I hear compared to the C7's - my 2008 Z06 was a bare bones 1LZ, but it was a fun car.


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