A Dash Cam with an Interior-Facing Camera: To Buy or Not?

Choosing the right dash cam for your needs can be an overwhelming task. There are just so many to choose from! Among the myriad of options available, one feature that stands out is the inclusion of an interior-facing camera. It can be a camera included in a dual channel dash cam (front + interior) or a triple channel one (front + rear + interior). In today?s article we will explore the benefits and potential drawbacks of having an interior facing dash cam to help you make an informed decision.

The Benefits of an Interior-Facing Camera

First, let?s consider who can benefit most from having an interior-facing camera installed in their vehicles. The interior camera can be be especially useful for:

  • Taxi, Rideshare drivers: Ensuring the safety of both the driver and passengers.
  • Fleet owners: Monitoring driver behavior and safeguarding against false claims.
  • Parents: Keeping an eye on teenage drivers or young passengers.

And here are some of the benefits that can come with having an interior dash cam:

Enhanced Security

An interior-facing camera provides an extra layer of security for your vehicle. It can deter potential thieves and vandals, capturing clear evidence of any unauthorized access. All BlackVue dash cam ?Taxi? models come with an interior infrared (IR) camera that captures every detail of the vehicle?s cabin even in the dark. In case of a break-in, it can also provide evidence helping identify the intruder, which a front-facing or rear-facing camera might miss. Paired with BlackVue Cloud?s Live Event Upload feature, an interior IR camera can become a great tool against break-ins and theft.

Thief Caught Thanks To Interior Dash Cam #CaughtOnBlackVue

Comprehensive Evidence in Accidents

In the event of an accident, an interior-facing camera complements the front-facing dash cam by providing a complete view of the incident. It captures what happened inside the vehicle (ie. distracted driving), which can be crucial for both insurance claims and legal protection. 

The wide angle of the interior infrared camera covers both driver and passenger-side windows.

Monitoring Driver Behavior

For commercial drivers and fleet owners, an interior-facing camera is an invaluable tool for monitoring driver behavior. It helps ensure adherence to company policies and safe driving practices, which reduces the risk of accidents and improves overall road safety.

Documenting Memorable Moments

An interior-facing camera can also capture personal moments and memories inside the car, from family road trip conversations to the expressions of excitement during a scenic drive. This can be a fun and nostalgic addition to your travel – and in the age of social media, you can even capture a viral moment!

Potential Drawbacks

Privacy Concerns

One of the primary concerns with an interior-facing camera is privacy. Both drivers and passengers might feel uncomfortable being recorded, especially during long drives. In some cases, it can even be illegal to film the passengers. Make sure that you check the relevant laws in your state/country. It’s essential to communicate the presence of the camera to all occupants and understand any legal implications regarding consent.

Additional Cost

Dash cams with interior-facing cameras, especially if they come as a triple channel model, are generally more expensive than their regular counterparts. That?s because driver-facing cameras generally use a modified sensor and infrared LEDs to illuminate the scene automatically when luminosity is low. The added cost may not be justifiable for everyone, especially if the additional features are not deemed necessary for their driving needs.

Making the Decision

When deciding whether to invest in a dash cam with an interior-facing camera, keep in mind the following question that will help you make the most informed decision:

  • What is the primary purpose of your dash cam?
  • Do you drive commercially or use rideshare services??
  • Is it legal in your state to record inside of your cabin if you are a taxi/rideshare driver?
  • Is the additional cost within your budget??


A dash cam with an interior-facing camera offers numerous benefits, from enhanced security to comprehensive accident evidence. However, it also comes with considerations such as privacy concerns and additional cost. By assessing your specific driving needs, you can make a decision about whether a dash cam with an interior-facing camera is the right choice for you.

BlackVue offers a wide range of high-quality options that provide the best interior monitoring. Visit our website to explore our Taxi models and find the perfect dash cam to suit your driving needs.

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