A dashboard camera on the inside of a vehicle’s windshield.
By CRM Staff
 
Peterborough, Ontario -- March 2, 2018 -- A recent report from Google shows a dramatic increase in consumer purchases of dash cams for the inside of their vehicles. 
 
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth ten thousand,” said Steve Koenig, senior director of research for the Consumer Technology Association.
 
For repairers, increased access to the footage could help clarify exactly what occurred to a vehicle during a collision. Some dash cam models even have motion sensors for hit-and-run incidents that occur in parking lots and track how fast the vehicle is moving. This information can essentially replace the driver’s own memory of an accident with exact, second-by-second detail of what occurred. 
 
If the trend continues, this technology may become a standard for vehicle manufacturers. Repairers will no longer need to rely on the recollections of drivers, but would have a succinct account of the collision through the dash cam footage. This would offer repairers crucial information to assess damage sustained from a crash and details on potential mechanical failures that may have otherwise gone unchecked. 

 

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