TBH. I personally prefer something simple. More tech, more to go wrong, more to create heat issues in summer etc. A camera should be a camera to record video. It doesn't need to replicate your mobile phone or pc.Talking of dashcams - I've just seen the specs of the next, series 2, range of Nextbase dashcams due out in April.
Talk about advanced tech:
I see issues with tech:
1. Do we believe if after a crash you're fit enough to push a button you couldn't have typed 999 into a phone?Nextbase Emergency SOS, the world's first Dash Cam to provide emergency response services to the motorists' location in the event of being unresponsive after an incident.
2. Any such system potentially allows a call centre to listen in and record conversations within your vehicle and tracks you via GPS. Potentially, a serious privacy breach if abused during non accident times, and something potentially accessible by Governments to track your location and listen in at times other than emergencies.
3. Can we trust companies not to sell GPS travel data to interested parties just as web data is sold? eg imagine who'd pay for tailored ads based on your geographical location, travel details etc
1. Don't radios and phones already play music on demand, have calendars, use Android Auto / Apple Car Play or Google Maps etc?Alexa built-in. Developed using the new Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) Kit, the Series 2 will allow motorists to; control smart home, integrate with other Alexa devices, play music, place calls, listen on content on demand, organize calendars, get directions, find parking, and more
2. Hasn't Amazon/ Alexa already been accused of recording private conversations and breaching privacy?
Here's a Guardian Writer's reported experience with an Echo - he reports the device recorded and archived his conversations, including arguments with his wife which it also barged into!
As for smart home, are we really too lazy to flick the light switch after opening the door! Probably far easier than sitting in your car saying "Alexa turn on the kitchen light!"
I see the potential for footage you don't want being shared getting shared by accident or uploaded again by governments or police. Imagine if you drove stupidly for a moment but nothing bad happened, but your device uploaded that to your insurer. Next renewal premium.....Incident Aware – a unique feature that works in conjunction with AutoSync allows incident footage to be instantly uploaded to an insurer, or third party on command of the use
GPS - privacy issues although GPS alone can be argued to make no difference as any smart phone is already broadcasting your location. However, GPS enables speed calculation so if you were over the limit even by a small amount prior to an accident in which another driver was at fault, you either can't use the footage or if you do, you are going to lose your no claims as you just proved yourself partially at fault. Pretty stupid really. Great advantage of dumb video, is it just shows what happened so unless you were driving stupidly or stupidly fast, it won't show up minor indiscretions with speed.