While no other single clip can match Psy's "Gangnam Style" view count, as a group the subculture of Russian dashcam videos garners a huge slice of this digital pie. I'll admit they're my own guilty pleasure (VodkaVideo in particular).... Nothing makes me smile at the end of a long day quite like a Russian sawing at the wheel to avoid an errant tire flung off a fellow motorist's poorly maintained car as he rockets through a tight snowy urban street at night going a reasonable 85mph. Watch out for that bus!
Rick Rolling. Ever wished you could share the meteor shower you saw while driving? Or brag about your rescue of a wayward kitten by preserving it for future generations? Get a dashcam! I did. And a decent dashcam is a lot less expensive than you'd think.
Since we have 3 cars, naturally I have 2 dashcams (eh-- yeah... my math skills also torpedoed my automotive engineering ambitions). The cameras were purchased about 2 months apart and one purports to be an updated version but honestly, I see no significant difference between them. The newer camera is all black but I recommend getting whatever is on sale at the time as the difference between them appears to only be a chrome ring around the older one's lens. I painted the chrome lens surround black in the interest of being discreet. The camera in the Tesla is the newer one... of course!
here on Amazon (though I believe it was the same seller for both). Just wait for a sale and beware of clones. I recommend you make sure it has a Novatek chipset as this spec in particular seems to weed out the worst of the knock offs. When you're spending all of $50 on a camera, you want every dollar to shout QUALITY!
On the Tesla I have it mounted just to the right of the transponder "zone" behind the rearview mirror as the included suction cup won't attach to the dotted glass. The cups are quite good too-- I've never had either camera fall off and they've been in use for a combined 2 years or so.
on this playlist. Simply insert a microSD card into the camera and format it. The files will be numbered in sequence with the date (assuming you program one in) and in 10 minute segments. Each segment is about 1 GB, so a 16 GB card will record about 160 minutes of driving before overwriting the oldest files. Note that these cameras will record audio but I have disabled the microphone because of legalities where I live (PA is a 2-party consent state). Be sure to check your local laws to avoid any awkward conversation about your conversations later.
For my installation I bought this power hub extension cord to live under my front passenger seat and a 15' long USB cable to meander the distance from there to the camera. Note that you CAN NOT plug the camera directly into the car's USB ports-- even though the cable may be long enough to do so--because the Model S will recognize the microSD card in the camera as removable storage and that prevents the camera from recording on it. Instead, you'll plug the USB cable into the power hub's USB port (for power only, no data confusion) and the hub will plug into the Model S 12 volt plug. The upside of this method is that you won't use up the USB ports on the car and, in my case, I gained another USB power source and an additional 12 volt. Supplies needed consist only of a small snake/wire grabber and some exterior mounting tape (clear preferably).
Pulling back the door seal you'll find a metal strip that helps anchor it in place. Along that metal strip and behind the seal there is enough of a void to run the USB cable without affecting the seal.I ran the cable behind that seal from the top of the A-pillar all the way down the door frame to the knee area of the passenger compartment. A credit card makes for easy prying if the you're having trouble getting a hold of the seal.
I popped the cable out of the door seal where the upper and lower black trim panels meet. There's actually already a channel there between the pieces. I used to have a piece of black gaffer's tape hiding the cable even better but took it off for these pictures. Unlikely I'll add it back because, really, no one is ever going to see this 1" worth of cabling.
In case any of the explanation wasn't clear or you have a thing for hot young blonds, I've provided a video version of the installation below-- but I am happily married and not interested in any alternative lifestyles. Word to the wise though: DON'T think you can selfie-shoot a video in a warm garage with the HVAC turned off (for noise purposes) without sweating and bordering on dehydration induced speech slurring. What did you think I meant by a hot blond?!
Which begs the question: If Boris can afford a dashcam to protect his Lada from schysters, surely YOU can afford to protect your intergalactic spaceboat of light and wonder!
This article originally appeared on Teslarati.com.
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