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[July 03, 2014]
Garmin launches high-definition Dash Cam with automatic incident detection [Bizcommunity (South Africa)]
(Bizcommunity (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Garmin Southern Africa expands its automotive range of products by announcing the Garmin Dash Cam series, your eye witness that never blinks! Once the Dash Cam is installed, the camera remains fully automated and it will start recording when the engine is turned on and stop when it is turned off. Earlier this year, Garmin addressed some key trends in the automotive GPS industry at the Garmin Partners event in April. Jenna Chisnall, Garmin Southern Africa's marketing manager addressed the movement to advanced motoring technology, and essentially the connected car. The Garmin Dash Cam is an example of this technology; Dash Cam records your drive in Full HD 1080p, with incident detection that saves footage of collisions and incidents automatically. Available in two models - Dash Cam 10 and Dash Cam 20 (includes GPS). The rechargeable battery allows a user to use the Snapshot feature to take still images, and even remove the Dash Cam from the vehicle to capture collision damage.
"Garmin Dash Cam is like a personal eyewitness that never misses an incident and provides proof of what happens on the road," said Walter Mech, CEO of Garmin sub-Saharan Africa. "It is fully automated and gives drivers peace of mind knowing should any event occur, it will be captured with detailed information like time and date imbedded into the recording. Additional features such as an internal microphone and GPS add valuable context to the video files that puts the Dash Cam in a league of its own." Dash Cam records in Full HD 1080p, 720p or WVGA video files in a continuous loop to a 4GB microSD card which comes included with the camera however users can use a microSD card up to 32GB should they require more memory. The Dash Cam has an integrated gravity sensor, more commonly known as a G-Sensor, which automatically detects sudden movements whether it is braking or a collision and saves the current, last and next recordings in order to preserve a complete record of the event. With the built in GPS receiver in the Dash Cam 20, time-stamps and geo-tags are imbedded into all footage, so users can view exactly where and when events occurred.
Information like latitude, longitude, date, time, speed and direction of travel will also be included. There is also an integrated microphone which will provide users with the option of recording audio inside the vehicle.
The 2.3-inch color display makes it easy to position the camera in the car and review video. Dash Cam is easy to install and comes with a suction cup mount for the windscreen and a vehicle power cable. Should a user want to use the Dash Cam for a close-up view of vehicle or property damage whilst in an incident, users can remove Dash Cam from the vehicle and take photos.
Garmin Dash Cam 10 (without GPS) has a suggested retail price of R2,599 and Dash Cam 20 (with GPS) has a suggested retail price of R2,999.
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