Technology has progressed leaps and bounds over the last decade in so many different ways. Some things we literally can’t live without. But there’s one that is not often spoken about which assists in road traffic accidents and vehicle theft.
It may surprise you to learn that dash cams have been around since the late 1980’s. They were installed into police officers vehicles in Texas to protect their officers while they were on duty. They were a bit bigger back then however, as they were VHS camcorders mounted on a tripod in the front or rear window of the police vehicle. The word ‘sardines’ comes to mind.
Nowadays dash cams are lovely compact designs that can sit on a windscreen or vent without taking up a third of your driving space. Happy days!
Since 2015 the use of dash cams has become commonplace with 1 in 4 people using them in their personal or work vehicles.
But how can this tiny little device save the day? Well this technological superhero has a few super tricks up its sleeve.
Whether it’s a bump or a crash we’ve all had some experience of a road traffic accident.
Dash cams can really save the day in the event of a road traffic accident. If you’re customer has been hit and the person that hit them was screaming at them that it was all their fault. Would we expect them to know the Highway Code back to front? Or know the thousands of case laws about road traffic liability? If they don’t work in the industry then it’s unlikely that they would have the knowledge to know the answer. So are they going to accept that it was their fault because this angry person tells them? Of course they’re not, because their dash cam is there to save the day. They just need to download the footage and send it to the people who know their stuff! Dash cam to the rescue!
What about fraudulent claims? Did the car in front of your customer slam on for no reason at all and result in their vehicle hitting that vehicle? Did you know that under the Highway Code if a vehicle hits the rear of another you are automatically held liable? Unless they are a victim of a fraudulently induced accident of course!
So how can you prove that the third party stopped for no reason and has deliberately induced the accident? If they have a friendly neighbourhood dash cam then you have the perfect evidence to prove that they have been a victim of a fraudster! What a little life saver.
Dent and run
Ever had a customer that has been parked in Tesco, while they run in for a loaf of bread and a pint of milk, and on their return find their car has acquired a brand new dent that they did not have before? Did the culprit stick around? I didn’t think so. People with dash cams don’t have this worry because they have a nifty inbuilt motion sensor so they start recording when they detect any movement of their vehicle. So your phantom denter is caught red handed and their insurance details are only a registration number away!
Thanks to Bill Clinton our dash cam superhero has an incognito sidekick…. the tracker!
GPS tracking technology was originally designed for military intelligence applications and took 3 decades to be developed into the network we use today.
In 1996 Bill Clinton issued a policy to make GPS tracking a public asset. And VOILA! The Tracker was born!
Today we can use this technology to protect our vehicle assets. Some on private vehicles but more widely as a fleet protection strategy. Although this device is not as widely used as its superhero counterpart, the dash cam, they are still vital to businesses and individuals in keeping their vehicles safe and by extension keeping their customers concerns about the vehicles safety to a minimum.
The beauty of the tracker, unlike the dash cam, is that it’s hidden under the vehicle and so the opportunist thief won’t know that the tracker can help the police catch them. Even sidekicks like the tracker can make a difference!
Sadly nowadays there are professional criminals that can disable a tracker so that it cannot be located. However even if someone does manage to disable the tracker it will still send its last know location to help the police know the area in which to search for it!
Nifty little superhero and side kick aren’t they?