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I just bought a new dashcam.

I got the Vantrue N2 Pro. Pretty nice. Has forward and back facing camera, records both at same time. Front camera has good night vision, rear facing camera is B & W.

I put his in my company truck and I drive allot, mostly in PA, NJ, NYS, MD, VA and WV.

Here is a sample video from Friday:


Dropbox - 2018_1221_030024_063A.MP4







 

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I've been thinking about adding one to my truck now that my commute has doubled each way. I'll check into this after the holiday, thank you.
 

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Nice drive Ray :thumbup1gif:

How come the MPH indicator was 0 the whole time? Is there any location data (GPS) available?
 

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Nice drive Ray :thumbup1gif:

How come the MPH indicator was 0 the whole time? Is there any location data (GPS) available?
Yes, there is an optional GPS receiver that I didn't get.
 

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NICE Ray_PA.
How much video can it store?
 

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NICE Ray_PA.
How much video can it store?
It depends on the size of the micro SD card that you use (not included). It records by default settings, 3 min video segments (this can be changed to one minute, three minute or five minute in the settings) continually, one from the front facing camera and one from the rear facing camera, with a date and time stamp and an "A" for the front facing camera and "B" for the rear facing camera as the file name.

I am using a 256 GB micro SD card. So, there are 1024 MB in one GB. So, the 256 GB micro SC card will handle 262,144 MB of data. One 3 minute front facing video (color) is 288 MB and one 3 minute rear facing video (B & W) is 100 MB. So, for each 3 minutes of recording, it uses approx. 388 MB of space. This is approx. 33 hours of recording, front and back.

After the micro SD card is full, the video loops and overwrites the oldest videos first. The unit has a gyro sensor integral which senses heavy braking or sudden changes of direction. If this occurs, the unit automatically sets the current 3 minute video to not be able to be overwritten. There is also a button on the unit that can be depressed which sets the current video from being overwritten.
 

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I’m a firm believer in my dash cam.

A few years ago I was in a wreck - only one since I was around 20 years old. Was on one of our remote 55 mph roads on my way home from work when an old drunk guy pulled across right in front of me turning into his driveway on his way home from the tavern. There was no missing him but I made a high speed maneuver so instead of broadsiding him at 55 mph I hit his rear quarter which spun is both into the bank. Had I broadsided him I likely would have killed him being he had no seatbelt on.

Long story short - it took me 6 months to prove I was not at fault. If I had a dash cam it would have been obvious right away.

Also have caught some neat stuff on it when out and about. But I have the sound turned off - don’t want anyone hearing us if I need to use the video for something like above.

Also a reminder - it’s a good idea to format the SD card once a month in these things. I have a reminder on my calendar to do it the first of each month.

Just a sample from mine -

Snow March 2017 - YouTube
 

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Is a Dash Cam a Novelty??

Dash Can Reality - careful, I am going to vent!!!!.....
I would suggest, a dash cam is sort of a novelty for some drivers. That said, for those that drive allot, and not just allot, but for long trips like myself, it is not so much a novelty now days, it is getting to be more of a necessity. It is getting crazier all the time with all the non-drivers on the highway and absolutely corrupt justice system. If you do get involved in an accident, so many people are so unethical now days, and if they aren't, their insurance companies or insurance company attorneys are. It is very hard to shield yourself from a totally dishonest, money hungry system because the system is run by attorneys and judges, some not so ethical or honest, in fact down right dishonest.

I am for sure not an advocate for video cameras everywhere, although, it is a necessary evil in our society. Judges, attorney's, and some juries in this country have gotten crazy stupid and dishonest beyond belief. The only real winners in a lawsuit are attorneys and the courts. These people have high-jacked the justice system in this country to the point that you end up having to prove you are innocent rather than the accuser having to prove your guilt. It's absolutely crazy!! Until you, or the company that you work for, is involved in a civil case, it is hard to comprehend how bad the system is.

E.G. - The company that I work for was named in a civil lawsuit a few years ago because of a fatality construction accident that occurred. Yes, it was a horrific accident, although, we had absolutely nothing to do with the accident occurring, no one from our company was even on site at the time of the accident and had not been on this site for at least 30 days. The only thing that we did on this site was, we were there 30 days prior to the accident to inspect the crane that was involved in the accident. So, you might say, why was your company named in the lawsuit. It is simple, because we could be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had touched the crane so we had to be GUILTY, right? Heck, the company that fabricated the steel for the building that was being built was also named in the same lawsuit and they had never been on the site as they hired a sub-contractor to erect the steel.

Attorneys and judges make the decisions as to who is named in a lawsuit and they all know, the more insurance companies that they can suck in, the more the settlement will be. It is absolutely disgraceful. Now, get this, after discover of evidence (which takes years), our attorney filed for summary judgment (essentially means, ask the judge to let us out of the case). The judge awarded us summary judgment, which rarely happens by the way. So, we were left out of the case, so we won, right??? RIGHT!! Well lets recap. When the suit was served, we had to write a check to our insurance company for the deductible plus I had 100's of hours of time chasing stupid attorneys, attending depositions, etc, etc. So, we had an estimated $35,000 invested in a case that we were left out of after 2 years. Doesn't sound like a WIN to me.

This is why automobiles, equipment, yes tractors, machinery, etc., etc., etc. costs so much. It has little to do with labor costs, it has allot to do with product liability insurance and the costs involved with fighting lawsuits. Granted, some lawsuits are legitimate, many are not, many just cost manufacturers, businesses, and individuals lots of money. Everything you buy, a percentage of the price is to cover liability insurance and a cushion to cover the cost of fighting the inevitable civil suit, and this percentage is getting larger and larger all the time, even the price of a tech manual CD. Just sayin!! (topic in another thread)

So, if you have a dash cam video and let your insurance company know that you have a video of the entire accident, this alone will keep the attorneys at least honest, so they will most likely not pursue a stupid case against you because they know they are not going to be able to lie to the court because you have video to keep them honest.

Said to say, this is reality in our society in today's culture, at least in parts of this great country.
 

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Ray - I had always wished I had a dash cam when I was driving truck - so many idiots around me all day long.

Just when I had to leave work for good the company was starting to put dash cams in all the trucks - it was actually mandated by the US Postal Service. But these were connected to the mother ship......
 

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I’m a firm believer in my dash cam.

A few years ago I was in a wreck - only one since I was around 20 years old. Was on one of our remote 55 mph roads on my way home from work when an old drunk guy pulled across right in front of me turning into his driveway on his way home from the tavern. There was no missing him but I made a high speed maneuver so instead of broadsiding him at 55 mph I hit his rear quarter which spun is both into the bank. Had I broadsided him I likely would have killed him being he had no seatbelt on.

Long story short - it took me 6 months to prove I was not at fault. If I had a dash cam it would have been obvious right away.

Also have caught some neat stuff on it when out and about. But I have the sound turned off - don’t want anyone hearing us if I need to use the video for something like above.

Also a reminder - it’s a good idea to format the SD card once a month in these things. I have a reminder on my calendar to do it the first of each month.

Just a sample from mine -

Snow March 2017 - YouTube
SO true!!! I now turned the sound off on mine also. I had it on initially, just to make sure it worked.
 

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I just bought a new dashcam.

I got the Vantrue N2 Pro. Pretty nice. Has forward and back facing camera, records both at same time. Front camera has good night vision, rear facing camera is B & W.

I put his in my company truck and I drive allot, mostly in PA, NJ, NYS, MD, VA and WV.

Here is a sample video from Friday:


Dropbox - 2018_1221_030024_063A.MP4










I’ve got the same dash cam sitting under the tree for my boy. If it works out well, I plan on getting one for my wife and myself. I did order the gps mount, but it won’t be here until Jan 5th. It is coming from China.
 

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Ray - I had always wished I had a dash cam when I was driving truck - so many idiots around me all day long.

Just when I had to leave work for good the company was starting to put dash cams in all the trucks - it was actually mandated by the US Postal Service. But these were connected to the mother ship......
Yes, many companies are installing them in their company own vehicles. Most of these are connected back to corporate through the cell system so they have the record.

Of course, companies are doing this for two reasons, one is to have a video of any incidents that occur and the other is to watch the driver. This is the part that most drivers do not like! Of course, this video of the driver could be your friend or foe, depending on your actions.

Now, if you are driving a company vehicle, you should be as, or maybe more, responsible with this vehicle as you are with your own. At least that is my point of view, and I have driven a company owned vehicle since 1985, even take it home.
 

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Yes, many companies are installing them in their company own vehicles. Most of these are connected back to corporate through the cell system so they have the record.

Of course, companies are doing this for two reasons, one is to have a video of any incidents that occur and the other is to watch the driver. This is the part that most drivers do not like! Of course, this video of the driver could be your friend or foe, depending on your actions.

Now, if you are driving a company vehicle, you should be as, or maybe more, responsible with this vehicle as you are with your own. At least that is my point of view, and I have driven a company owned vehicle since 1985, even take it home.
Yeah - those in our tractors would have the driver facing camera also. I didn’t care about that but I really wanted the forward facing one. I wanted the protection especially when I was driving up into New England every day......
 

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Yes, many companies are installing them in their company own vehicles. Most of these are connected back to corporate through the cell system so they have the record.

Of course, companies are doing this for two reasons, one is to have a video of any incidents that occur and the other is to watch the driver. This is the part that most drivers do not like! Of course, this video of the driver could be your friend or foe, depending on your actions.

Now, if you are driving a company vehicle, you should be as, or maybe more, responsible with this vehicle as you are with your own. At least that is my point of view, and I have driven a company owned vehicle since 1985, even take it home.
I know a truck driver who told me his truck has cameras on both the road and driver. He said he was told if the camera show him using a cell phone it's automatic discharge.
 

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I know a truck driver who told me his truck has cameras on both the road and driver. He said he was told if the camera show him using a cell phone it's automatic discharge.
Yep, that's what companies are using them for. Of course, some of the truck drivers out there today need watched, if you know what I mean. NOT saying all truck drivers, SOME.

We had a service tech driving a service truck and was using his hand held cell phone and got caught. If I recall, the fine was several hundred dollars and the offences when on our company DOT record. Needless to say, that didn't make the boss very happy.

Don't know if you know it or not, it is illegal to use a hand held cell phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle that has a GVW or GVWR of over 10,000 lb.
 

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I've got two of these

Amazon.com: WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam - Premium Dash Camera Kit 32GB SD Card - 170 Degree Lens, GPS, 2K Super HD Video, Best Night Recording: Car Electronics

the one with the free card had problems with the free card, the older one has had no problems. What convinced me to get them, I was 200 feet from my driveway pulling a brand new trailer, person coming the other way was going to fast to make the corner, I got over far enough so he missed my truck, but he took out both tires on the trailer. When the county sheriff showed up the guy admitted to crossing the line and hitting the trailer. the sheriff told him he should have said I crossed the line. So since the wheel's had dug into the tar pretty good, called wife had her bring up a camera, took pictures of the wheels and the dig marks. Sure enough when I got in touch with his insurance co. they said the other person was accusing me of being on the wrong side of the road. Sent them the pictures, they paid for the damage. The only other thing to remember, the cameras footage can also be used against you, but I'll take the chance.
 

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We had a truck being delivered to a customer and it went off the road and overturned. Write up from the trucking company
(and police report) said driver was forced off the 2 lane road he was on by an oncoming car that crossed the line and fled the scene.

We sent that to the customer and 10 mins latter the customer emailed us the video of the accident. We install a front, rear, side, and in cab cameras for the customer that stream the video to its server. Guy had elbows on the wheel totally engrossed in texting and drifted off the road. We turn the system on during final prep of the truck. And there is a sign in the truck that says front rear and in cab recording are on at all times.

Needless to say customer was not happy. Owner of trucking company apologized and fired the driver. A copy of the recording went to the state police and he was charged with multiple traffic offenses. Failure to maintain lane, texting while driving, and the criminal count of filing a false police report. He said he saw the sign in the truck but didn’t think it would be one until after the customer took delivery. Bad assumption on his part.

Also dash cams are like the lottery, with maybe even better odds. Catch the right video and you can make big bucks.
 

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We had a truck being delivered to a customer and it went off the road and overturned. Write up from the trucking company
(and police report) said driver was forced off the 2 lane road he was on by an oncoming car that crossed the line and fled the scene.

We sent that to the customer and 10 mins latter the customer emailed us the video of the accident. We install a front, rear, side, and in cab cameras for the customer that stream the video to its server. Guy had elbows on the wheel totally engrossed in texting and drifted off the road. We turn the system on during final prep of the truck. And there is a sign in the truck that says front rear and in cab recording are on at all times.

Needless to say customer was not happy. Owner of trucking company apologized and fired the driver. A copy of the recording went to the state police and he was charged with multiple traffic offenses. Failure to maintain lane, texting while driving, and the criminal count of filing a false police report. He said he saw the sign in the truck but didn’t think it would be one until after the customer took delivery. Bad assumption on his part.

Also dash cams are like the lottery, with maybe even better odds. Catch the right video and you can make big bucks.
What a story!
 

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We had a truck being delivered to a customer and it went off the road and overturned. Write up from the trucking company
(and police report) said driver was forced off the 2 lane road he was on by an oncoming car that crossed the line and fled the scene.

We sent that to the customer and 10 mins latter the customer emailed us the video of the accident. We install a front, rear, side, and in cab cameras for the customer that stream the video to its server. Guy had elbows on the wheel totally engrossed in texting and drifted off the road. We turn the system on during final prep of the truck. And there is a sign in the truck that says front rear and in cab recording are on at all times.

Needless to say customer was not happy. Owner of trucking company apologized and fired the driver. A copy of the recording went to the state police and he was charged with multiple traffic offenses. Failure to maintain lane, texting while driving, and the criminal count of filing a false police report. He said he saw the sign in the truck but didn’t think it would be one until after the customer took delivery. Bad assumption on his part.

Also dash cams are like the lottery, with maybe even better odds. Catch the right video and you can make big bucks.
I guess this proves again, people lie! But, pictures are worth a thousand words, especially words that aren't true.

Was this truck being delivered by a "drive-away" service driver?

We use drive-away service drivers sometimes and I can tell you, some of these drivers are less than good.
 
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