What are dashcams?

A dashboard camera, also commonly known as a dashcam,  is an onboard camera installed in a vehicle that records what happens on the road.

Dashcams are broadly grouped into two major categories: road-facing and dual-facing. But there are other types which we will discuss later.

There are many benefits of installing dashcams. One of the biggest benefits is to exonerate drivers during accidents when they are not at fault. Commercial fleets also use dashcam footage to improve driver safety and coach high-risk behavior to help prevent accidents before they occur.

When combined with a powerful fleet management software, dashcams can also capture other information besides videos and images, including vehicle deceleration and acceleration, speed, GPS data, and the steering angle. 

Commercial dashcams are crucial to improving road and fleet safety, increasing accountability and visibility, and lowering trucking companies’ and operators’ potential liabilities.

Recorded dashcam footage and data provide fleets with evidence in case of road and vehicular accidents and driving hazards. It also gives trucking companies information for presenting the causes of incidents, tracing events, and identifying the responsible parties.

What are the different types of dashcams?

As we mentioned earlier, there are several types of dashcams.

Here are the four most common types of dashcams that commercial motor vehicles use: 

  1. Road-facing dashcams: Road-facing dashcams are also commonly referred to as front-facing dashcams or standard dashcams. As the name suggests, these dashcams record what happens in front of the vehicle.

  2. Dual-facing dashcams: Dual-facing dashcams generally have two cameras. One camera records what happens on the road ahead, while the second camera records the driver. A dual-facing camera can help fleet managers identify drowsy or distracted drivers, giving them full visibility.

  3. Quad dashcams: This type of dashcam has a four-camera set up that gives you a 360° view of the vehicles’ exterior and surroundings, particularly blind spots when doing sharp turns and changing lanes. 

    The rear camera shows what you don’t see in the rear-view mirror, and the side cameras capture clear angles of both sides of the back of your truck.
    Quad dashcams record all sides of your trucks and semi-trucks, enhancing your protection from potential vehicle damages and road accidents. 

  4. Backup dashcams: Like a front-facing truck driver dashcam, a backup dashcam has one camera, but it captures the rear-view. Backup dashcams are also known as rear-view dashcameras.

    This kind of truck dashcam is hardwired into the vehicle, usually requiring a more complex and longer installation process than other types of dashboard cameras.
    Backup dashcams can also check the distance between your truck and the vehicle behind it, which means it should be installed in the truck’s exterior. 

    These should also be waterproof and heat resistant to protect them longer from wear and tear and harsh external conditions.

Benefits of commercial dashcams

Dashcams have many benefits for drivers and fleets of all types and sizes.

Here are some of the top advantages of using commercial dashcams for passenger-carrying vehicles, trucks, semi trucks, and different types of fleets:

  • Gain irrefutable exoneration proof in case of road accidents. Footage and data from truck driver dashcams can serve as evidence to prove your innocence in an accident. Without video evidence, the process of settling the incident can drag on for months, and the other party could claim innocence from the accident. This could disrupt your fleet operations and negatively impact your company’s bottom line.
  • Capture incidents of vandalism and cargo theft. Most truck driver dashcams have settings that allow continuous recording even if the engine is switched off. This allows you to record incidents such as break-ins, damages, and vandalism when drivers are away from the truck or if the vehicle is left out overnight, increasing your chances of catching the culprit. 
  • Increase visibility into high-risk behavior. Dashcams used with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) give fleet managers extensive visibility into the drivers’ unsafe driving habits. This can help increase your fleet’s accountability and help improve road safety. On the other hand, increased visibility through dashcams can also show proof of the drivers’ safe driving practices, which you can use to provide incentives and give due recognition.
  • Lower your insurance premiums. Dashcams can help improve fleet safety. Many insurance companies also see this as your commitment to improving safety and may offer lower insurance premiums.
  • Automate training and coaching sessions. Dashcam videos and data allow safety managers to provide data- and evidence-based coaching sessions to drivers and staff. This can significantly improve driver coaching programs, as conversations are based on evidence and data instead of assumptions.
  • Prevent accidents. Dashcams lead to higher accountability and better, data-driven driver coaching programs. This helps prevent accidents and increase overall safety.

How can you select the right dashcam for your fleet?

You should choose a dashcam that addresses your fleet’s needs and operations.

Start with this list of features when selecting the best one for your fleet:

  • Parking modes or monitors
  • Loop recording
  • Artificial intelligence that can provide better context for critical safety events
  • All-around or 360-degree video coverage
  • Inbuilt sensors: GPS, G-force (for crash detection), and accelerometer
  • WiFi connectivity or LTE (for network-connected dashcams)
  • High-quality resolution and sophisticated video processing features for daytime night-time recording
  • Backup batteries and secure video and image file storage
  • ELDs or telematic systems integrations
  • Date and time stamps

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