Ring Car Cam Dashboard Security Camera Now Available13
Noted HD video doorbell maker Ring has introduced the Ring Car Cam dashboard security camera designed to monitor both the interior and exterior of vehicles where it is installed. The Ring Car Cam is a dual-facing design that simultaneously records video inside and outside the car in HD 1080p resolution.
The Ring Car Cam is a multifunctional camera capable of serving as a dashcam while driving and of sensing nearby motion, and sending alerts if the vehicle is tampered with while parked, making it an effective anti-theft device.
The Ring Car Cam includes both standard features and others only activated with a Ring Protect Go subscription. Only one Ring Car Cam can be paired with each Ring Protect Go subscription; an additional Cam would require an additional subscription to activate its extra features.
The basic features of the Ring Car Cam include a road-facing camera and a cabin-facing camera. The cabin-facing camera and its paired microphone can be disabled for privacy by flipping up the attached privacy cover, or re-enabled by flipping the cover down. An LED light indicates to the owner when video and audio recording is active.
The dual-facing cameras record in 1080p HD, and feature night vision and motion detection as well. The owner can set the Ring Car Cam to record when it senses the car start or begin moving, providing dashcam-style recording. It can also be voice activated on command with the “Traffic Stop” feature and Alexa.
The Ring Car Cam can also be set to monitor and record while the car is parked as an anti-theft device. It begins recording when it detects nearby movement outside the car or movement inside the car, and sends real-time notifications to alert the owner. Video is recorded locally on the Ring Car Cam’s memory as the basic default, but will be automatically uploaded to the Ring cloud as a Cloud Highlight if combined with a Ring Protect Go subscription.
A Ring Protect Go subscription unlocks several additional functions of the Ring Car Cam. These include LTE connectivity, a GPS locator, and the Cloud Highlights and Rich Notifications features.
The Ring Car Cam is currently only available to customers in the 50 U.S. states and can only be shipped to U.S. addresses. Only one GM vehicle, the 2015 Buick Regal, is known to be incompatible with the Ring Car Cam. Plugging the Ring Car Cam into a 2015 Buick Regal causes the dashboard to display engine errors.
However, it’s important to note the Ring Car Cam can only be used with vehicles equipped with an OBD-II port on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. The port must be present to power the Ring Car Cam and it must be on the steering wheel’s left side. The Cam is not compatible with vehicles in which the OBD-II port is located elsewhere.
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Given how useful Tesla’s security cams have proven, I’m surprised other manufacturers including GM haven’t introduced similar solutions.
Gm does have security cameras on Cadillacs. They come wiht a separate SD card slot in the trunk of the car, and use the 360 camera system.
Good to know. I hope they bring them to other GM brands.
But the cameras on Cadillacs don’t allow for remote viewing like Tesla does. With our in car wifi we should be able to access the cameras over the Cadillac app, like how I can remotely find my vehicle. I don’t think it would be that difficult to implement with all the tech already in place.
Too bad it will not fit my new2023 gmc 1500 pickup, wonder what it does fit?
My older Silverado has the OBD port under the dash on the left side so I suppose it would be compatible? How much is the camera and subscription?
Hopefully it works better than the Ring floodlight cam. What a piece of junk.
These types of products always make me wonder. Who does it really benefit? Me or the corporation spying on me.
Without a subscription, I don’t think they will be able to spy on you.
We can only use local memory.
Per OnStar…… OnStar tracks your vehicle for 10 years. You cannot opt out. I’ve tried. Not a subscription. It’s included with the cost of the vehicle.
Don’t let OnStar track you for insurance discounts. Your rates may go up. I advise my customers 100% against it.