Dash cams are a viable solution to a variety of different issues, and in fact, in many parts of the world, these devices are actually required equipment by insurance companies. Here in North America, however, dash cams have yet to really hit the mainstream, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to offer the consumer. As such, it makes sense that GM should offer a dash cam mode in its vehicles.
For those readers who may not know, dash cams typically record a forward-facing view in front of the vehicle. Sometimes, vehicles also mount cameras around the perimeter of the vehicle to capture other angles. The devices can provide evidence in the event of an accident, as well as provide evidence when another motorist bumps into a vehicle that’s parked.
So, dash cams are definitely useful. Not only that, but GM has all the technology to make a dash cam feature work well straight from the factory. For example, the GMC Sierra HD is equipped with a range of cameras around the perimeter of the vehicle that capture upwards of 15 different angles, as GM Authority has covered previously.
So, with several GM vehicles already equipped with cameras, there’s really no reason to buy an aftermarket dash cam kit and deal with the wiring mess needed to get it working. Even better, the built-in cameras are able to record not only the front view, as would be the case for a traditional dash cam, but also the rear and sides of the vehicle – essentially, everything around the vehicle can be recorded.
Indeed, these camera systems are already propagating across all GM vehicles lines, and the video can be captured on an SD card, which is already equipped by vehicles with the camera views feature.
The logic on this is simple. The hardware is already in place, so really, all that’s needed to activate this feature for dash cam purposes and a 360-degree video capture feature is a software update.
Indeed, over the past few years, GM Authority has received a number of questions and comments about this kind of functionality. We think it’s time to make it a reality.