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IROAD Announces OBD Cable: What Does It Mean?

We are excited to announce that IROAD is now offering an ODB installation cable, which is great news - but how is this important? Well, to understand why this matters we need to look at the current available options and their restrictions. Not only does OBD connectivity increase the list of possible vehicles with access to Parking Mode but it also provides one more way for you to get a clean and simple installation that will professionally installed.

The current available en masse hardwire technology that enables parking mode is primarily through direct hardwiring, which involves wrapping wires around fuses in the vehicle’s fuse box or through fuse taps. While there isn’t anything wrong with these methods, they require a certain level of handiness. The installation of a hardwire kit can be very intimidating for even a mildly seasoned DIYer but fortunately there are plenty of guides and walkthroughs that make the whole process less painful. However, even following these walkthroughs people can, and do, make mistakes and, what’s further, newer electric vehicles like some Tesla models don’t even allow for a traditional fuse-based hardwire installation. Of course, a solution to this is to equip a dash cam battery pack but that is also an expensive investment.

The benefits of the OBD installation over the traditional fuse hardwire method are pretty significant. Probably the most impactful is the simplicity of the installation because every vehicle since 1996 has an OBD2 port that matches the plug that IROAD has created. This makes it a simple plug and play system to attain parking mode. Additionally to the universal nature of this plug is that it can easily be unplugged and stored away. Finally, having a solution like this also allows a dash cam to be painlessly installed in every vehicle without risk of damaging your vehicle and voiding your warranty. It doesn’t matter if you drive a gas, hybrid, or electric vehicle because IROAD has come out with the perfect solution solution for you!

Once installed, the dash cam (in this case the IROAD X9) will be able to utilize the parking mode features. Parking mode allows the dash camera to access a very light power draw on the vehicles battery so that the dash cam can record even while the vehicle is off. This is a massive benefit to protecting your property and your wallet, allowing you to record the details of an incident without a he-said or she-said situation. All around the world dash cameras are used as a silent witness to protect against fraud and insurance companies. They also have the added bonus of capturing the madness we see every day!

Why Ridesharers Should Get A Dash Cam

Today, car and ride share apps and their users are rapidly growing. Just think of Uber, Lyft and other services that have changed the way people commute. There are numerous benefits in owning a dash cam for regular drivers but a dash cam proves even more crucial for rideshare drivers. A 2-channel infrared dash cam can be installed so that the interior of the vehicle will be recorded, acting as a silent witness and offering video evidence in case anything happens. The infrared dash cam offers the ability to record under total darkness so that total video capture under all scenarios.

Passengers can easily make false claims against drivers, as can other parties if you get involved in an accident. The principle for owning a infrared camera is the same as having a regular dash cam - you may not use it all the time but when something happens, such as a false accusation from a passenger, then you will be very happy that you do have an infrared dash cam.

The following are only a few examples of what an interior facing dash cam can capture!

Now, imagine if these scenarios happened at night, in areas with very poor lighting. While traditional dash cams would not perform well under these conditions an infrared camera can offer crystal clear images even in pitch black environments. This is all thanks to its infrared technology. *Do note that, because of the infrared lights, the images under daytime will be in black and white - but all video details will still be captured*

At BlackboxMyCar, we offer the best interior and exterior dash cam options. Our most popular options would be the Thinkware FA200 IRC and Blackvue DR750S IR.

Secure your vehicle today with one of our Rideshare Bundles, and make sure you're covered from all angles by your very own silent witness onboard. See our fantastic bundles below, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Also, be sure to check out our individual IR interior cameras here as well!


Thinkware FA200 IRC - First Look

Thinkware FA200 IRC - First Look

Rideshare and fleet drivers rejoice, the quintessential entry-level dual channel front and infrared interior cabin dash cam system is finally here in the form of our exclusive BlackboxMyCar Edition Thinkware FA200 IRC.

This partnership with Thinkware marks the turning point in brand identity and solidifies BlackboxMyCar as THE source for the best and most innovative automotive safety recording technologies. Already having made our Best of 2018 dash cam list, the FA200 IRC is an amazing new device. Not only is this HD dual channel dash cam budget friendly, but the IRC (Infrared Camera) allows for incredibly low light interior recording, providing you with invaluable peace of mind for not only yourself and your passengers, but the inside and outside of your vehicle as well!

FA200 with IR Cam

When it comes to the technical details of the Thinkware FA200 IRC, the value for money really makes itself clear, including Full HD 1080P @ 30 FPS facing forward and HD 720P @ 30 FPS with Infrared pointing into the cabin. The FA200 IRC can take advantage of up to 128gb of Micro SD storage which means approximately 20 hours of continuous footage from both cameras.  And finally, with the smartphone app/Wifi feature, footage can be easily downloaded or viewed on your smartphone.

FA200The technology that goes into Thinkware’s dash cams is truly on display when it comes to their Parking Mode suite. A number of recording modes come with the camera by default, with varying degrees and methods of protecting your vehicle when you’re not there. The Thinkware cameras always run very light on battery use, just barely sipping at the power, but as usual, we always recommend a Cellink NEO Battery Bundle with every dash cam for added peace of mind.

Rideshare operators will also love the Infrared Camera as it helps keep another, always on, set of eyes on you and your passengers. With the FA200 IRC running, you'll be able to see what goes on within and around your vehicle whether you're there or not.

Stay tuned for our full review and video of the Thinkware FA200 IRC in action!

The full BlackboxMyCar review goes live Friday, October 26 2018.