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Car-cam

Cheaper insurance for all
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With the falling price of wem cam technology, why not mount a camera on the front windscreen of newly manufactured cars? This could run a 15 minute loop continuously until the car is involved in an accident, when the footage would be saved. This could prove beyond doubt the drivers innocence (or guilt!) making everyone drive more carefully, and saving time and money in insurance jobs.
davee, Mar 27 2001

Instant replay http://www.halfbake...ea/Instant_20replay
Halfbaked already [hippo, Mar 27 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Drive Data Recorder http://www.halfbake..._20Data_20Recorders
Halfbaked already [hippo, Mar 27 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Drive Cam http://www.drivecam.com
Mirror mounted, video/audio recorder with accelerometers. [alch, May 21 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Air Bag Black Box data already being used in accident court cases. http://www.thebosto...2029412/detail.html
[bristolz, Oct 17 2004]

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       I like this idea, and i've seen the "drive-cam" website. I had a similar idea for an aftermarket product with the digital camera incorporated into the rearview mirror of a car. It would record both front and rear wide-angle views simultaneously, recording a 15 to 30-second loop digitally (a full 360 view would be even better, with overlapping views). An accelometer would sense an impact, and preserve the images captured just prior to and after a collision. I think this needs better resolution and optics than a webcam, but I think could still be priced under $100.
whlanteigne, May 18 2003
  
      
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