Tiny cam­era makes cy­clists safer

Warwick Daily News - - GAMES & GADGETS - Ally Foster

YOU’VE prob­a­bly heard of the dash cam – a small cam­era that can be mounted on the front or rear of a car to con­tin­u­ously film the road.

Now it’s not just cars that are us­ing th­ese lit­tle cam­eras to catch out bad mo­torists – cy­clists have got in on the ac­tion too.

An Aussie com­pany saw the need for cy­clists to have as much pro­tec­tion on the roads as pos­si­ble and to be able to have their own ev­i­dence if an al­ter­ca­tion oc­curred.

Perth-based tech com­pany Cy­cliq cre­ated a dash cam for bikes as part of a push to hold both cy­clists and driv­ers ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

Ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Chris Sin­gle­ton told news.com.au that while the cam­eras helped in the event of an ac­ci­dent, they also cap­tured mem­o­rable parts of a ride.

“Our cam­eras catch the good, the bad and the funny,” he said.

“So whether that’s a cy­clist rid­ing along with a kan­ga­roo or hav­ing a video record of a ve­hi­cle ver­sus cy­clist in­ci­dent where there aren’t any other wit­nesses.”

Mr Sin­gle­ton said just hav­ing the cam­era in­stalled could re­duce the risk of di­rected at­tacks, as peo­ple were less likely to be con­fronta­tional if they knew they’d be on cam­era.

“Peo­ple be­have dif­fer­ently when they think they are on cam­era, sim­i­lar to how typ­i­cal CCTV and se­cu­rity cam­eras work,” he said.

“If you know you are be­ing recorded, you mod­ify your be­hav­iour ac­cord­ingly and this is true for both cy­clists and driv­ers.”

Photo: Cy­cliq/Face­book

WATCH: The Cy­cliq cam­era gives the cy­clist an ex­tra set of eyes on the road.

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