Dashcams Catching Everything
Dashcams or dashboard cameras are becoming more and more common. The price reduction of cameras in general and the undeniable benefits of having them in your vehicle, has contributed to their growing trend. Previously, a dashcam caught the horrific footage of the TransAsia flight, clipping a bridge and crashing into a river, in Taiwan. The footage gave the investigative crew vital information about the last few seconds of the accident.
The gadget is certainly catching on in Russia and Asia, much more than the rest of the world. There is a growing trend in Russia of pedestrians jumping in front of slow-moving vehicles and trying to claim damages. The use of a dashcam helps to show what really happened. Singapore’s largest taxi firm has installed dashcams in all its 16,600 vehicles to provide evidence after an accident, but also to encourage honesty from drivers in a city, which strictly adheres to rules.
Most South Korean car owners have had these devices installed primarily for insurance purposes. As in other countries, they are used as evidence in the event of a crash, and insurers can offer discounts on premiums to car owners who use them.
The cost of installing these cameras can be anywhere between $150 for a basic front facing camera right up $500 for a multi-camera installation, that also acts as an early warning system. Papago, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer says it sells about a million units every year to China, Japan, the United States, Russia and Australia. This equates to about 20% of total dashcam sales worldwide.
South African’s by and large are not cautious drivers and there are more cars on the road today than ever before. Coupled with crumbling road infrastructure in both Durban and Gauteng, installing a dashcam may well be a worthwhile investment.