Do you think an older smart phone that isn’t connected to cell phone network could be configured with that app and function? If so, seems like a good use for no longer used smart phones. Seems like it would work. I use such a phone for the camera and voice recording function. And can connect to internet if needed to download the app via the WIFi.
What if they take off? Watched quite a few road rage and idiots in cars vids on youtube. Front camera just shows jarring motion and later stories change. Rear cameras show the person distracted, looking down at phone etc. And the plates are really distinguishable especially compared to the front facing camera.
The cost isn’t really much more although you have to snake the cable along the sills or roofline.
Get one with a super cap. Mine will stay powered for about 10 seconds after disconnected. It also runs well in sub zero temps if that is a concern, was for me. Also need a high endurance memory card as it continuously writes to the card saving the last 30 minutes or so.
Mine can also act as a car alarm. Goes to sleep but wakes up to jarring motion. Pretty cheap insurance overall…
I then use my uninsured motorist rider on my insurance policy… essential in Florida.
Since we have no front plates here, I can only capture the car’s plate as they drive past to run away. If someone claims I brake-checked them, the camera still captures the pitch of the car while braking for a traffic light or whatever…
Side note, I stopped for a red light (I know, I know, I should have run it like everybody else down here…) and the guy behind almost hit my truck. He sped around me at the green and brake checked ME (with his kids on board!) as we entered a highway on-ramp.
A forward facing camera would have captured all I’d need to sue him into the next decade…
As you undoubtedly know by now, running red lights is an institution, known as driving southern. We experienced this in Columbia, SC while visiting our daughter at college. No less than four cars ran a red light, turning left in front of three lanes of traffic.
Do you have a camera now? Have you looked at how good it is off-axis? Mine is a pretty decent image sensor and lens but the “peripheral” quality is a bit lacking for plate reading purposes or to clearly see the occupant. The back camera does an excellent job of capturing crystal clear faces. As you know, the first defense- it wasn’t me At any rate, it’s not for everyone. I figured for the $20 or so bucks extra, my luck would be the front facing only would end up not covering what I needed in the event something happened. My luck…
This brake checking stuff is out of control. Do people really think that helps? I know the answer, just venting a bit.
I was driving to work maybe a decade or two ago and entered a highway from an on ramp. There was a 911 behind me on the ramp. I was driving the speed limit to merge but too slow for him. He pulled across two lanes of traffic, jumped in front of me and brake checked me at least three times. I guess he thought with his god-like driving talent and his fabulous car he could make me rear end him. Didn’t work.
I do have the phone app. The image quality is pretty good. If the plate is in the frame I think the car could be identified.
When I was brake checked, my reaction was to brake to avoid it. It was only after the fact that I considered I should have hit him but quickly dismissed that because of the kids… and because my case that it was his fault would be difficult to make.