Dashcams for Specialty Retailers
When the transition to autonomous vehicles happens, you can bet camera systems and onboard DVRs will be part of the equation. Autonomous vehicle manufacturers will want the ability to cover their behinds in the event of an incident - and if it were indeed the vehicle’s fault, troubleshoot the problem to make sure it can’t happen again. Today, dashcams are wildly popular in Russia, where the lack of authorities coupled to corruption lead to extortion and fraud. Luckily, in the United States, we have the ability to call local law enforcement for a police report when there is an incident. But sometimes it’s their word against ours. When that happens, the idea of a dashcam becomes very tantalizing for a customer. However, specialty retailers want to set themselves apart with camera options that are a step above the typical suction-cup mount dashcam. We want to be able to distinguish our products from a typical Uber driver with a six-year-old vehicle and wiring sprouting from the power port. Enter the latest and greatest in dashcams that take it to the next level.
Kenwood’s DRV-N520 is the first dashcam unit to be able to be linked to a compatible head unit. It sure makes it easy for the customer or the retailer to manage video recording on a touchscreen versus a cheap dashcam without a display. The entire unit can mount tidily flanked against the rear-view mirror and not be in the line of sight. Moreover is the peace of mind involved when the customer’s pride and joy is parked. An alert comes up on the head unit screen upon return that something caught the camera’s eye - alerting the customer to jump out and scan for any damage. Unlike other dashcam solutions, the DRV-N520 allows the end user to check out the instant replay as soon as the customer returns to the vehicle. If there were an alert that an event occurred when you were away, your customer will want to see the video footage ASAP… not wait until they are able to take the microSD card into the office and plug it into a compatible PC. After all, there could be a big door ding. In previous years, the culprit most likely would have vanished. But with the built-in G-sensor with shock and motion detection, the DRV-N520 can catch most vandals in the act. This gives the customer enough time to call law enforcement if the culprit is parked next door. Additionally, there are two important safety features built into both Kenwood units: Collision Avoidance Warning and Departure Delay Warning. Collision Avoidance Warning gives the customer audible alerts for impending traffic or obstacles. Departure Delay Warning is a really nice feature for anyone who has ever daydreamed at a stoplight. It gives the customer a reminder to ‘keep it moving’ when it sees traffic moving forward and can be a real road-rage reducer.