All eyes on the driver

DriveCam Video Systems has launched the next generation of DriveCam, a palm-sized video recorder mounted behind a vehicle's rearview mirror that records the driver's experiences during unusual driving incidents. The new version of DriveCam offers full-color video playback, software-driven controls and an extended memory. DriveCam is being viewed by the insurance industry as an effective loss control

DriveCam Video Systems has launched the next generation of DriveCam, a palm-sized video recorder mounted behind a vehicle's rearview mirror that records the driver's experiences during unusual driving incidents. The new version of DriveCam offers full-color video playback, software-driven controls and an extended memory.

“DriveCam is being viewed by the insurance industry as an effective loss control system,” said Ed Andrew, president of DriveCam Video. “By ensuring safe driving, it decreases the frequency and severity of accidents.” DriveCam recordings can also be used to settle claims more quickly.

DriveCam monitors driving activity by continuously recording video, audio and directional G-force readings with a digital looping memory. G-forces are caused by activities such as hard braking, acceleration, harsh cornering or collisions, which trigger DriveCam to save a driving event for later viewing.

DriveCam's digital recording allows fleet managers to view an event on a television, camcorder or laptop computer. Seeing and hearing an event just as the driver did provides them with valuable feedback that can be used to improve driving habits, according to the company, which says the recorder is part of a complete driving feedback system that can be used by commercial fleets to monitor, track and improve driving performance.

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