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A video camera on your cars roof points
up at a convex mirror reflecting a 360
view all around your car. The last 30
seconds of the cameras continious output
is buffered until a collision is detected,
then it is written to a memory card.
After running the distorted video through
to unwarp it, this record shows the
30 seconds leading up to the collision,
settling any challenges to your (truthful)
version of what happened.
This device could also be used to show
who stole or vandalized your car by having
it send the video file via cellphone to your
Hit & Run Prevention
Similar, but i'm sure I saw this very same idea posted. [MikeOliver, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Tivo For Cars
you must mean this one which makes the idea redundant [FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||I'm sure this has been posted before.
Will have a look.
||Good idea, but ugly. And cars are too expensive as it is.
||Thats the one [FJ]... I knew i'd seen it!
||Cars do tend to have a collision memory stored in the form of distorted sheet metal.