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Taxi cameras

Postby Brah » Mon, 11 Aug 2014 9:17 am

Those cameras on the rear-view mirrors seems like a good idea.

As long as they are facing forward.

They have them everywhere now, including Japan.

Last time I was in Tokyo I noticed that one taxi cam was recording the passenger area.

There have been crimes against taxi drivers by passengers, and by taxi drivers to passengers, surely this also happens everywhere.

But a camera on me every time I'm in a taxi? Not ok with this.

Wondering if those popular mirror-mounted cams also record the interior.

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:01 pm

Brah wrote:Those cameras on the rear-view mirrors seems like a good idea.

As long as they are facing forward.

They have them everywhere now, including Japan.

Last time I was in Tokyo I noticed that one taxi cam was recording the passenger area.

There have been crimes against taxi drivers by passengers, and by taxi drivers to passengers, surely this also happens everywhere.

But a camera on me every time I'm in a taxi? Not ok with this.

Wondering if those popular mirror-mounted cams also record the interior.


some of the in car cameras have two lenses, one for the back ans another for front

then again, with assaults by some passengers drivers were installing the dual camera systems

oh, all comfort taxi has cameras installed since there is a discount on insurance premium if you have a in-car camera, for easy clearance of claims

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 11 Aug 2014 1:30 pm

I think in Singapore they (2 cams DVRs) are not that popular yet and it's more about the traffic behind than the passenger. With the front only facing camera the blind spot is substantial and not always it would be possible to clearly determine the culprit.

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Postby PNGMK » Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:20 pm

Very common to have taxi passenger camera in taxis in Australia. They've solved many crimes and think of it this way - they can record the driver assaulting you as well as vice versa. The DVR is in a secure compartment in the trunk/boot and not easily meddled with.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Tue, 12 Aug 2014 3:29 pm

I'm definitely sticking a forward facing, and possibly rear facing camera in my next car due in the middle of next year.

It's probably shear luck that in 7yrs I've not hit anything regardless of the number of times I've been cut off, lane changed and tailgated. There, so I've said it now......accident is due tomorrow.
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Postby Brah » Tue, 12 Aug 2014 6:55 pm

How effective can the review-view cam be if it's mounted on the rear-view mirror?

I would think with the distance from the front window, the passengers being in the way, and distortion from the window that a separate cam would work better.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 12 Aug 2014 8:13 pm

A rear view cam is located at the top of the back window normally. The rear facing camera that is found on some of the front view camera is for the passenger area specifically and the rear view out the back only secondary if at all. Similar to a smart phone with camera and front facing camera (used mainly for selfies which if you think about it, it's the same on the in car rear facing camera.

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 13 Aug 2014 8:41 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:A rear view cam is located at the top of the back window normally. The rear facing camera that is found on some of the front view camera is for the passenger area specifically and the rear view out the back only secondary if at all. Similar to a smart phone with camera and front facing camera (used mainly for selfies which if you think about it, it's the same on the in car rear facing camera.


Heck, we now have Huawei and the likes coming up with selfie camera phones, with higher megapixels for the front camera and lower megapixels for the back/regular camera.

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Postby hotandhumid » Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:53 am

on a somewhat related topic, are you guys aware that you cannot hail down taxi's around or in bus lanes and bus stops?
Apparently, Busmans can and will capture photos of such taxis with their mounted cameras and the taximan is liable for a hefty fine.... not that it will affect you the commuter directly, but it does make a dent in their earnings.
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Postby Brah » Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:01 pm

I remember when cell phone came out that there were a black market device that would disrupt the signal, kicking myself that I never got one. Like if someone is talking in a place they shouldn't, or too loud, etc. - flick it on and kill their call.

In the same way, I wonder if there is anything beside a bright light, which is not a good idea for obvious reasons, to distort the signal. Yes I don't want to be videoed that badly.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:27 pm

They were quickly declared illegal by the gahment here. Don't get caught with one.

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:33 am

hotandhumid wrote:on a somewhat related topic, are you guys aware that you cannot hail down taxi's around or in bus lanes and bus stops?
Apparently, Busmans can and will capture photos of such taxis with their mounted cameras and the taximan is liable for a hefty fine.... not that it will affect you the commuter directly, but it does make a dent in their earnings.


busmans?

sorry, the video evidence is caught by hidden LTA enforcers and also go after any car/vehicle, not just taxis.

the bus lane penalty has been there for year only now it entails loosing points as well.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 14 Aug 2014 6:49 am

ecureilx wrote:
hotandhumid wrote:on a somewhat related topic, are you guys aware that you cannot hail down taxi's around or in bus lanes and bus stops?
Apparently, Busmans can and will capture photos of such taxis with their mounted cameras and the taximan is liable for a hefty fine.... not that it will affect you the commuter directly, but it does make a dent in their earnings.


busmans?

sorry, the video evidence is caught by hidden LTA enforcers and also go after any car/vehicle, not just taxis.

the bus lane penalty has been there for year only now it entails loosing points as well.


It's also caught by the bus drivers as well. A large number of buses have dashcams as well now courtesy of the bus operators.

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 14 Aug 2014 6:50 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:They were quickly declared illegal by the gahment here. Don't get caught with one.


Possibly legal and achieves the same effect: wrap the bus in foil or wire mesh: tesla cage!


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