Fashion for car cams

Fashion for car cams

Fashion for car webcams
I hear Russia’s not a country, it’s a state of mind. It is among Eastern Slavic drivers that a popular procedure has become placing cameras in cars and recording the road while driving. YouTube is full of videos showing strange, dangerous, shameful and sometimes funny events on the streets of Russia. Even before the seizure of Crimea, it was known that in the largest country in the world, it is not only the authorities who can expect aggression and violation of generally accepted rules. This is mainly the reason why car camcorders are so popular there.
Poles, however, do not goose and have their own video recorders. Perhaps on a smaller scale, but also on the Vistula River, there is a growing demand for this type of webcam. Many drivers believe that in the event of an accident, bump or misdemeanour will have a recording that will unquestionably indicate whose side is at fault or not. Indeed, there are situations in which such a record appears to be a giant ace up your sleeve. Some of them, for known reasons only, hope that they will be able to record some breathtaking accident. Maybe they won’t sell their film to Discovery or TVN Turbo, but they will put it on the Internet with full satisfaction. There are also people who edit webcams mainly to catch themselves in the act of road pirates. Such a hard proof can then be kindly handed over to the police, which does not always end with solemn thanks and punishment of the road villain. On the contrary – playing a self-proclaimed law enforcement officer can turn out to be an unproductive hobby. Anyway, if we see a dangerous situation on the road, we can only record what is happening, warn others and notify the police. We ourselves have no right to detain anyone. If the recording of our authorship is later to serve as an evidence in a court case, then probably we need to take a free time at work, in order to make appropriate explanations under oath. Not every case is worth such a time-consuming trouble and stress. Moreover, an amateur webcam is not a police video recorder with legalization. This may undermine the credibility of such a record or make the court consult an expert technician.
In the era of increasingly modern and cheap electronics, virtually everyone can afford to buy this type of equipment. Depending on the parameters, the most popular car “black boxes” cost from about seventy to two hundred and several dozen USD. More expensive models have more advanced functions. They save not only the image, but also the main driving parameters, and thanks to GPS technology they even plot the route of the vehicle on digital maps. They are equipped with special holders with suction cups. They can be attached to the windshield at any angle. These are small gadgets, which are usually about 10 cm long and 5-6 cm wide. After all, the camera should not be too conspicuous. The power supply is provided by a lithium battery or cigarette lighter socket. Operation is not more difficult than using a mobile phone. The camera can be programmed to turn on automatically. Such DVRs have the advantage that the vast majority of what they record will not be anything interesting or useful from the point of view of the driver. Just many hours of the most ordinary driving time in the world. You never know when the webcam will record some “interesting” event, such as a collision or accident. Appropriate software solves this problem. The image is constantly recorded on the SD card, and after some time – if the appropriate command or automatically was not permanently recorded – it is erased to make room for the next portions of data. Thanks to this, there is no fear of depletion of memory resources. In addition, the device has sensors that, for example, after detecting an impact or sudden braking, activate a special mode of recording a specific part of the recording.
The camera can be useful if we want to prove our innocence or have an argument in a dispute with the insurance company. However, there is also the other side of the coin. Such a contraption will be able to bring to light the offenses of its owner. You can also get into trouble by recklessly publishing someone’s image on the web or take revenge from someone who, thanks to our courtesy, had to go to court.

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