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#924017 - 03/20/15 12:23 PM Recommend a dash cam?  
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I've gotten by without a dash cam so far, but I think I'm finally ready for one, and would welcome a recommendation/review of your favorite model.

My sudden inspiration is a close call I had the other day that, had it gone slightly differently, might have ended up as he-said/she-said.

Here's a diagram of intersection between Plymouth Road (horizontal) and Barton Road (vertical):



I was approaching from the right (Me), planning to turn right onto Barton; there were no cars in front of me. All the orange cars had a red light and were stopped; the only green traffic lights were my right-turn arrow, and a green light for traffic from Barton (B) to turn either way onto Plymouth.

Pedestrian A wanted to cross. She had a dont-walk light (because I had a green-arrow light), but:

  • she saw all cars to her left and right were stopped, and
  • she saw that there was no traffic at B to turn across her path,
so she figured her path was clear. She probably didnt see/notice my green right-turn arrow light from her position, and didn't see me approaching from way up the road. So she started to jog across.

Through luck or good habits (Im not sure which), I happened to see her start crossing when I was further back than the Me in the diagram, so I could see around the left side of all those stopped orange cars. By the time I was at the Me position, the stopped cars were blocking my line of sight and I could not see her anymore. I planned to deliberately scare the crap out of her, so I approached my turn at a normal speed, fully expecting her to pop into view, and into my path, at the last second. Sure enough, she did, and I slammed on the brakes. I had stopped well short of the crosswalk though (I didn't want to take a chance of actually hitting her), and I was slow with the horn, so she had just about reached the sidewalk when I started honking; in the end I dont think she had any idea at all what had just happened.

By the time I looked up at my light again, my green arrow had become yellow and then changed to red. If I had not seen her as I approached the intersection from way back, Im sure I would have actually hit her probably hard enough to break some bones and I wonder whether anyone would have had the presence of mind to verify my lights state; it probably would have been he-said/she-said, and I would have been tapping into my insurance policy because of a dumbass pedestrian. Yikes.

So, um, yeah, what kinda dash cam you got? Happy with it?

#924019 - 03/20/15 01:08 PM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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I don't have one in my current daily driver, but I plan on replacing that car within the next year. The next one will get a dash cam installed right away. Between my 600 mile weekly commute, and an inexperienced teenage driver in the household, I'm sure it will pay for itself at some point.

One of my coworkers has been running one of these Lukas 7200 for a year or so and is very pleased with it. Simple, pretty cheap, and even has a motion sensor for recording things when the vehicle is parked and empty.


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#924025 - 03/20/15 02:11 PM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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I was going to suggest a Hero GoPro but the camera Keith mentions beats it hands down in all regards at a cheap price. I'm surprised you haven't had the situation you describe crop up innumerable times. Pedestrians and bicyclists in Ann Arbor seem to think they own the roads and no rules apply to them. When I worked there I wish I'd had a dash camera. A few years back a couple of students crossing Plymouth Rd were struck and killed by a driver when they darted into the roadway on foot. A dash cam could have helped the driver in court. Driving that town is just aggravating most days.


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#924029 - 03/20/15 02:43 PM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Brief hijack here. It's prolly worth reiterating this scenario, especially to any inexperienced teenagers that might be in the room....

As a teenager, a good friend was approaching a red light in the right lane, with a semi stopped in the left lane. The light turned green, and my friend stepped on the gas. You can see where this is going. The semi remained stopped. By the time my friend got to the cross walk, an elderly man popped into view (as elderly men are prone to do) and they collided. Not fun, and easily avoidable by simply slowing down and remaining suspicious of the obstructed view. Of course, it didn't matter that he had a green light. The first rule of driving a car is don't hit the peds. Period.

While I wasn't there, my friend was upset about it for weeks, so the scenario stuck in my head. It does seem to be one of the less obvious hazards out there.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program:


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#924032 - 03/20/15 03:11 PM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Russia seems to be the dash cam capital right now. Coincidentally the dash cams are popular due to the insurance fraud of pedestrians intentionally running in front of vehicles. Those videos are known as "vodka videos".
I too like to play the game of "scare the hell" out of others to make a point of a near collision.

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#924084 - 03/21/15 02:08 AM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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I saw on Garmin's website that they have just released a dash cam...

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/shop-by-accessories/other/garmin-dash-cam-20/prod146282.html


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#924088 - 03/21/15 02:26 AM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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One option is to check out the Daily Roads Voyager Android app. Useful if you've got a surplus phone (like your last one you upgraded from) that you can dedicate to the dash cam purpose. Then it's free - the app is and you've already got the extra phone.


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#924090 - 03/21/15 03:00 AM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: DiggerJim]  
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Originally Posted By: DiggerJim
One option is to check out the Daily Roads Voyager Android app. Useful if you've got a surplus phone (like your last one you upgraded from) that you can dedicate to the dash cam purpose.


You're making references to my previous smartphone?

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#924091 - 03/21/15 03:06 AM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Well, you can buy a decent smart phone on eBay for $25-30 that would work fine for this. Something like a Galaxy Nexus or some of the Motorola Droid line. Turn on Airplane Mode and they're just a small tablet.


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#924117 - 03/21/15 02:29 PM Re: Recommend a dash cam? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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There is a lengthy very detailed thread for Innovv cams at ADVRIDER here

Very detailed, a lot of good ideas there


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