I recently came across a video (embedded above) that opened up my eyes to something that I had never thought necessary. Dash-cams have been around for a long time, but never had I thought it important enough to get one for myself.
After watching this video, and realizing that a dash cam isn’t just protecting my innocence but that of others too, I began my search for the most cost-effective way to implement one of my own. I didn’t have to look far.
What I found was Dailyroads Voyager, a free app with a featureset of something much more expensive. Dailyroads simultaneously acts as an automatic DVR, a black box, and a dash cam, while running completely unattended in the background of your phone. In the short time that I have been using it, I’ve found it to be very stable and to be missing few features. Its premise is simple: the app records a set period of time, and if nothing interesting happens in that period, it deletes the files and keeps recording. Everything is completely automatic; as soon as I dock my phone the app starts to record, and once I undock it, it stops. Possibly one of the most impressive features is the “black box” functionality that saves a recording if I am not able to, by utilizing the built in accelerometer. This is just one of numerous features, such as timestamps and GPS coordinates, speed recording, timers, and more.
To make the most of this app you must leave your phone in landscape mode, but this is really a limitation of roads, not the app itself. One can imagine that the wear-and-tear on your SD card may be a bit higher than normal, but with the security that this app provides, and with how inexpensive SD cards are getting to be, there really is no reason not to set something like this up. If not for your own safety, for that of others. I’ll certainly be adding this to my top 5 essential apps.