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The dashboard camera, a popular technology found in many Russian cars, has come to the United States. Bill Gremminger, founder of the online dashcam shop dashcamusa.com, sees the cameras as a way to protect the reputation of professional and amateur drivers alike.

A dashcam is mounted to the dashboard or the windshield and records continuously during a drive. The memory automatically loops over older footage every 24 hours, though the cameras can use memory cards that save more information. When an event such as a crash or road-rage incident occurs, the drive presses a button that saves the footage. Such footage is used in Europe to reduce insurance rates and help prevent fraud.

"When you're driving, you have lots of different people watching you," Gremminger told CBS News. "You want to protect your record, at least as a professional driver. It's a perfect equalizer. They're total recall, is what they are."

Gremminger's company sells a dash came for $119.95 and a memory card for an additional $20.

Dashcams are predominately used in Russia and other eastern European countries where eyewitness testimony carries little weight in court and insurance fraud schemes, like the video below in which a woman fakes being hit by a car, is rampant.

Footage from early American adopters of the technology is beginning to grab the public's attention, like this video of extreme road rage in California that went viral.



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      kenyng
      • 2 Years Ago
      I use my old I4 Phone as a Dash cam, works perfectly!
      spike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha ha ha .Busted lady.
      gmgpjandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bout time some one used technology to get around the money grubbing lawers. Wonder how it will take their buddies on the bench to make it useless in their court?
        avl14
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gmgpjandon
        what i would like to see is let the suspect talk under oath in court then let officer show the judge and jury see the clip after they lie in court, I know all about "discovery" but maybe video should just be able to come out after, wonder just how many folks will for sure take the 5th just in case there is a video they do not know about. Or maybe just tell them we have one, you take the stand first tell us your sid, them you can see it....
      RJM
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea and would think the car insurance companies would give good breaks in auto premiums if one had a dashcam in their vehicle, especially if it can prove the insurance company isn't liable for any accident that might occur where the other driver is at fault. Makes he said/she said not so much of a factor in determining fault in a traffic collision.
      789dm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought mine awhile back n recorded many interesting stuff on NYC roads
      avl14
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yah just to many crazy drivers out there for me to pull that one my luck guy would go ahead and run over me.lol...
        jakki051
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avl14
        You are right. A comment from liquidwallpaper said he would have gone on and "run over her to get her off the road permanent".
      jaroslav
      • 2 Years Ago
      I installed a dash cam and a back window cam; found that other drivers are more respectful when they see my cams.
      blackpanther9118
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought a dash cam a while ago because of an arrogant cop in his personal vehicle. He had the nerve to 'pull me over' at a traffic light and harass me and my license. His case fell short and I got my license back and immediately got a dash cam. As a CDL holder, my license is important to me.
      jbjg24m
      • 2 Years Ago
      people never cease to amaze me
      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got a dashcam because I was ticketed for a red light and fought it. I lost because the cop outright lied in court and judges always believe the cop. A dashcam record would have shown him up. Next time I will.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a dash camera from this dashcamusa. It is pretty cool. Good cust serv too. Now I've got to get some good video clips for YT
      sugarcreekchile
      • 2 Years Ago
      Faking being hit to scam insurance companies isn't unique to Russia. It's been pulled in the US for ages. 45 years ago, I was stopped by a police officer for going a little too fast in a bad area in my city on my way home from work that I couldn't avoid. He understood why I'd want to speed up to get through that area faster but warned me about this scam that people in this area pulled targeting certain cars as they pulled up to stop lights and signs. Another scam is pulled using illegals and the homeless to brake suddenly so your car doesn't have time to stop and will rear end them. They're paid to do this by dishonest lawyers who profit from their suspicious "injuries". These scams work because they don't go for big bucks and it's cheaper for the insurance companies to settle than go to court and are one reason your rates go up. The dashcams are a good way to deter these scams and put the scammers in jail.
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