Android app captures hit-and-run on camera
We have seen Android devices save people's lives. Now it's catching crooks. Imagine just driving down the road minding your business, and someone miscalculates their lane change, and next thing you know they hit you and then speed off. Well just that happened to a driver in Knoxville, Tenn., but lucky for him he was using the Android application DailyRoads Voyager, which happens to capture video of the whole drive after the application is launched. While this doesn't change the fact that he got hit, it sure helps to identify exactly what happened, and in some cases could provide crucial evidence.
If you haven't already installed this application on your device, be sure to head to the market and download your copy today. Video of the hit-and-run and and download links for the app are after the break.
Source: WBIR / Thanks, Tim!
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I have mine set up to 2 minutes. I was playing with it last night. Left it on in the background, had my nav going with some music playing, then I smacked the phone in the dock. It recorded right when it got hit. I think it was like 10 or 15 mb on the SD card.
Plus you can set it up to upload videos to their site(And others soon), then delete the videos after, saving space. Thanks for using my tip AC! :D I hope it can help someone!
2) You can only overtake a car by its left (hence 1)), 2nd didn't
3) The Accident it self
4) Hit and run (the worst of them all) I´m not trying to defend the second driver, what he did was plain wrong and he obviously was driving like an @$$H0le, but the first one wasn't driving as he should either.
California = Slower Traffic keep right. (makes the most sense)
Washington = Keep right excpet to pass or when moving faster than the traffic flow. (Well DUH!).
But I wouldn't kept 12/15 seconds or more (thats what I can see on the video from its beginning) on the left side while it wasn't necessary. As we drive on the left side of our cars, thats the side we have a better view so if you want to look whats ahead the car in front of you to overtook it, you have to: Passing it on the right:
- Invade the right lane with half your car just to look
- Then speed up and pass a car on a lane where cars go slower (usually)
and I this case
- Expose yourself to higher chances of finding a stopped car on your way, as cars the right lane have to at least reduce considerably their speed on this lane to turn right, while cars turning left have a specially added piece of lane just for this Passing it on the left:
- Taking a look is a lot easier, most probably you wont even have to step on the other lane
- Drive faster on a lane where cars drive faster (usually) And you can't overtake cars on their left if that lane is occupied. Alright, there its not a law (I wasn't sure), as I said, for me it is a misconduct (keep the "/felony" part just for 3) and 4)) or not applying common sense, I drive this way, I always try to keep on the right no matter where I'm driving. Where I live its not a law (at least for what I know), but I remember as a kid seeing road sings saying "KEEP YOUR RIGHT" on almost every road (Interstate or not), to bad they are disappearing, and that every day they are giving driving licenses so easily, specially to guys like the one who hit and run. PS: the car gets hit @18s (aprox.)
PS2: the car on the right start braking @16s (aprox.)
was just thinking about this type of app recently.
now i have to buy a car dock...you planned this, AndroidCentral...you've been watching my posts--baiting me... wonder if this would stand up in court or insurance claims
- BlackBox utlity! Cons:
-I would forget to turn it on, haha
-If I remmeber to turn it on, sure I would be using it alongside with the GPS Navigation, lookout and music player and that would slow my phone down a lot just to get crappy video (yeah, I know I might need a newer/better phone) I'll have to try it and see By the way, people using Spica on froyo (2.2), now you can get your phone to record 640x480 @30fps (at your own risk) thanks to the amazing people on samdroid.net and have a better evidence of a hit and run Link: http://forum.samdroid.net/f57/640x480-camera-30fps-mp4-4873/ Also remember to visit their site to get the update to Android 2.2
What makes it great is that it runs in the background and doesn't interfere with other apps like navigation and music.
However, it stops recording during phone calls. This could be a limitation of the hardware but I would rather it continue recording if it is possible.
Battery stops charging while recording, again probably a hardware limitation or excess heat from the sun.
None of the backbox data is saved in the video file, GPS, speed, alt, etc. It is only viewable when playing back through the app. To use it as evidence you need to record your phone playing back the video with another phone.
It has its flaws but I hope the dev continues to work on it. It is a huge step in the right direction and an app I would gladly pay for.