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Changing Driver Behaviour With In-Vehicle Cameras And Black Boxes

Posted in: In-Vehicle Cameras, Vehicle Tracking Systems
Date posted: 14 June 2016

If you have suffered from a crash or other accident that has either left you out of work or with an insurance dispute to settle, then the future is being paved for you by a range of technologies.

Such issues have often boiled down to a matter of your word against theirs, a depressing scenario that doesn’t befit the levels of technology contained within vehicles. By installing just a few devices into your road vehicle, you can drive safely in the knowledge that you can provide proof that will help in your insurance coverage if you have the misfortune of ever needing it. Dashboard cameras, for one, are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world – they are already in widespread usage in Russia, where they help to combat crime and improper conduct. With these devices, you can protect yourself too.

Let’s have a look at the best devices to use for your vehicle.

Dashboard cameras

Dashboard cameras, such as the SmartWitness svc1080, are compact devices that can be installed in your car with a minimum of effort. They handily record video, audio, GPS data, G-force and the time and date, allowing you full and reliable information to provide any insurer who may request it, as well as evidence that can be used in court. The devices attach to your rearview mirror and require zero maintenance once installed, with no additional costs for running. There is a wide range of dashboard cameras available to the consumer, many of are approved by bodies such as the Institute of Advanced Drivers.

Black boxes

Offering a more advanced set of data on drivers themselves, black box monitoring records how, when and where a vehicle is being driven, with some offering alerts for drivers when they exceed a set of pre-determined parameters. Monitoring behaviours such as speed and acceleration, as well as seat belt usage, the black boxes are able to calculate a risk rating for drivers, something which can again be used as a positive indicator of your driving experience.

With technologies such as these, it is not only individual drivers who are positively affected, but vehicle owners as a whole. The more people use such devices, the more culpable individuals are and the more carefully they drive as a result. Driving technology is leading the way for safer roads, offering monitoring systems that were previously absent. These advances would inevitably lead to fewer road police being forced to pursue criminals of that kind and would free them for other, more pressing duties.

Young drivers would also benefit from the technology, should it be made available to them. Ironing out issues with their technique, and stamping out habitual dangerous driving, would be made far easier if such behaviour was tackled earlier, and they were held immediately accountable. With such technology in place, dangerous driving would be eradicated from an early age, and eras of reckless driving would become eventually extinct. Parents and instructors could additionally monitor a learner’s behaviour, allowing them a more complete and thorough training.

Commercial vehicle tracking

In-work drivers would benefit from vehicle tracking technology too, as it could accurately record their driving times, allowing them to invoice employers for fuel costs, build evidence as proof against any impropriety and enable them to accurately record their statistics should they ever need to. Employers would be unable to query the speed with which a delivery was made, or a job was reached if the driver could prove that there was a high concentration of traffic in the area and that they were driving safely and legally. Likewise, clients could accurately be informed of the data, should they wish to see it.

In addition to this, police themselves can be more accountable for their actions, should dashboard cameras be installed worldwide, and they would be able to use any applicable data that may be necessary for court.

With an enormous wealth of technology being introduced on an almost daily basis within cars, we are paving the way for a safer, more accountable world of motoring: one that isn’t hampered by any sort of grey areas or inconsistencies.