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Issue Date: Vol. 56, No. 1, January 2016, Posted On: 12/17/2015

Fleet Operators Could Gain Reliable Eyewitness With Garmin Dash Cams

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: vending route, fleet operator, fleet tools, GPS tools, Garmin International Inc., Garmin Dash Cam 35, Garmin Dash Cam 30, dashboard-mounted cameras, Dan Bartel

OLATHE, KS -- New from Garmin International Inc. are the Dash Cam 35 and Dash Cam 30. Said to be the next generation of the dashboard-mounted cameras, the two high-definition dedicated driving recorders easily mount to standard windshields. The devices start recording when the vehicle is turned on and stop when it is turned off to serve as a driver's eyewitness on the road.

The Dash Cams 30 and 35 offer wide fields of view and capture video in 1080p, 720p or WGA with crisp detail in bright or low-light conditions. Dash Cam 30 boasts a compact 1.4" LCD, while the Dash Cam 35 offers a larger 3" LCD.

Both models record footage in a continuous loop while the systems' incident detection capability (G-sensor) automatically saves video footage on impact, while retaining images that occurred just prior to a collision. Footage is stored on a replaceable micro SD memory card, included with purchase; both units are compatible with any standard Class 4 micro SD of up to 64GB.

Garmin Dash Cams

"Owning a Dash Cam for your vehicle shows good sound judgment," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice-president of worldwide sales.

According to Bartel, the Dash Cam 35 model includes multiple features that encourage safe driving behavior. Forward collision warnings alert users when they drive too closely to a vehicle ahead. It also includes GPS-powered warnings of speed camera placement. Additionally, the GPS-enabled model 35 allows the camera to automatically label footage with date, time, latitude, longitude and vehicle speed so that drivers know exactly when and where an event took place. The date and time may be manually set on Dash Cam 30.

The two models also include a snapshot option that allows customers to remove the dash cams from their windshield mounts to snap close-up photography of their vehicles or property damage. Users can conveniently play back video footage directly on the device's display or download the free Garmin software to review video files on a computer.

Garmin International is a unit of Switzerland's Garmin Ltd.

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