[ExI] Car 'black box' event recorders step up a gear

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 10:03:23 UTC 2008

We've all heard about the black box recorders fitted in modern cars
that record the engine management data in the minutes before a crash.
They've already been introduced in court as evidence in fatal

Well, there is a new kid on the block that is mostly appearing in
company cars at present.
The envisionCAM video camera, GPS and G-force Event Data Recorder.

The envisionCAM packs two ultra-wide angle cameras for a coverage of
almost 360 degrees inside AND outside the car - and they switch to
night vision when required. It records GPS and accelerometer g-force
data as well as high resolution video - and automatically transmits
data wirelessly when the car gets within range. The management
software is amazing - it'll pop up a flag when a fleet driver has
exceeded a certain speed or g-force rating, then show you zoomable
video around the event and Google Earth satellite photos of the
location. Any swearing or fist-shaking is reproduced in high-res
clarity. So not only will it act as an excellent witness for
accidents, it's a great way of deterring people from driving company
cars like they stole them.

The makers suggest that fitting to teens cars might also be a good
behavioural control.  :)


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