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#1 8 years ago

But wait, this is the right forum... (lol)

Sometime in the next year im getting drivers ed/a car(Heh, im 16 atm lol, and going to college)

Basically, i want to be legally safe...

EVERY accident my parents/relatives have ever been in, they have lost legally.


Because it came down merely to our word versus theirs... and they have a better sob story. (Was driving her husband to chemo therapy for instance, she plowed into my dad in a company vehicle... My dad got the ticket, although the police didn't see it! in court their sob story won and my dad's insurance went up, a lot!)

anyway, where im going with this...

I Want to set up webcams or something similar around the vehicle, so it is my word and videos versus their word and sob story if i ever get in an accident/whatever.

If I'm already going to need to pay money for the car, $600 more for legal safety is by far worth it.

Points i see are:

Computer system -Inverter/batteries (I want AC power anyway?) (I can do this NP) -What to record to? (HDD can crash if the accident was anything worth recording. So I need to use a large flash drive or something similar - that wont crash lol.) -Software? What will capture the video from 6 cameras? (vehicle inside, driver and console, front, sides, back) How will it save it? I must have the video from start to whenever it ends (As is, if the computer "Crashes") recorded and accessable. (I Figure the computer will probably be a microatx one bundled up nicely under the seat with its power source lol, IDK if for a reasonable cost i could just use a laptop)

Cameras -Should they just be cheap webcams? -(Me not being well versed in webcams) -are there wireless webcams? (fake edit: they aren't cheap.. I can wire them lol...) -is there something else i should be using?

Protection of equipment -Should i build something to make sure these aren't destroyed in case of an accident? (IDK)

Discretion? -Who wants to see an old style video camera no top of the vehicle, lol?

ya i probably seem... wierd ATM, but really, i dont want to end up with crap like this happening to me; my parents have had a lot of crap happen to them because its their word versus someone else's.


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#2 8 years ago

You might want to make sure that recording everybody around you from your car with cameras would even be legal in the first place. Some places have pretty tight laws against that. Second, i don't think its worth it. Just don't drive like a nut, follow traffic laws, don't speed, ect... and you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Third, i would cost a lot more than you would think i bet. Cheap webcams are not going to be recording fast enough to keep up with a moving vehicle at road speeds. You would probably just end up with a nice slide show, anywhere you mount them they would be destroyed during a crash, and the amount of storage space you would need to record all that video would be through the roof.

I've honestly never heard of anybody doing anything like your suggesting. It just seems way over the top and a little strange to me. All i will say is don't buy a brand new car for your first, get something cheap and easy to fix.


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#3 8 years ago

I agree with Doc, that is overkill and might not even be legal in your area. I live near the downtown area of one of the worst cities in the US for gridlock. It had been at least a dozen yrs since I'd had a car when I started driving from this location. In the 17 yrs I've had the car I've not had ONE moving violation involving other vehicles. Just drive sensibly.


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#4 8 years ago

Plus if you get in an accident that IS your fault you have video evidence to prove it's your fault...

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#5 8 years ago

You could google for people who make videoblogs of their motorcycle tours, those guys probably know about the right equipment.

But, as has been said, you should also look whether this will actually help. Is it legal to videotape others without permission in your state? Is such material admissable as evidence?


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#6 8 years ago

a quick glance over my states rules of evidence seems to allow video evidence, although questions to it's authenticity can be raised.

i still haven't found much about wether its legal to record in the first place...(at least, Specific to my state. but i find a lot of "only in public places" and "With signed consent if oyu are publishing or selling" but i dont see why it WOULDn't be considering

a. I'm not publishing it b. It is a public area (Roads)

A nice slideshow would be good enough :p (ok, better is better...)

Im kinda busy and getting a car is far off anyway. but when i do i still want this.

and so what if i prove my guilt? if i was wrong i was wrong lol.