GOSAFE 760 DASH CAM
Dash cams are all the rage overseas and are used to support legal proceedings in the case of mishaps and litigation. This GoSafe 760 Dash Cam (us.papagoinc .com) is designed with a 140-degree forward-facing camera built into the display. The rear-facing 120-degree camera has an adhesive tilting mount. The display can offer a constant split-screen image of the front and back camera, or switch at the punch of a button. Video is captured on a microSD card up to 128 MB. A G-force sensor tells it when to print to the card or, if the car is parked, will tell it to begin recording. ALSO COOL: The GoSafe 760 optical sensor can identify and notify the driver of upcoming stop signs, pedestrians or obstacles. As stoplight traffic pulls away, it will signal you to hang up and drive. INSTALLATION: Mount the monitor on its adjustable suction cup or adhesive base in the vicinity of the rearview mirror. A button on the front adjusts the forward-facing camera lens up or down for the optimum view. It can be powered by a 12-volt receptacle or hard-wired to a power point such as the ignition-switch accessory circuit. The rear-facing camera is powered by a mini USB cable threaded through the chassis.
PROS: We love the traffic tools that warn about stop signs or pedestrians in our path. Dash cams that record events leading up to an accident are popular in many countries, and this is an effective one. When aligning a hitch, the narrower 120-degree camera angle seemingly enlarges the hitch point, easing ball and hitch alignment.
CONS: The compact screen doesn’t interfere with forward visibility and is comparable in size to backup displays built into the rearview mirrors as factory equipment. But it requires careful observation when being used as a backup camera or when hitching up. The rear-facing camera connections aren’t waterproof, so the camera must be mounted inside the vehicle cabin — that works fine on SUVs but not pickup trucks.
COST: $250; bestbuy.com
Small but mighty, it records traffic and watches your back.