The Advantages of Cloud-Connected Dash Cams: A Comprehensive Guide

In this article, we will explore the practical benefits of cloud-connected dash cams and how they can significantly enhance your overall driving experience.

First, it’s important to understand what a Cloud-connected dash cam actually is. We will explain it through listing and going through all the major Cloud features.

Real-Time Incident Awareness

One of the standout advantages of cloud-connected dash cams are Push Notifications. This nifty feature allows you to receive instant alerts on your phone the moment an impact is detected on your vehicle.This real-time incident awareness allows for prompt action, turning your dash cam into an active safety companion.

Push Notifications let you receive instant alerts

Push Notifications work especially well when paired with Parking Mode – if anything happens to your car while you are away, you will be promptly notified.

Keeping Vigilance Anywhere, Anytime

Push Notifications by themselves are great, but what is even better is that after you receive a notification, you can see what’s happening by checking the Remote Live View. This essential feature enables users to monitor their vehicle remotely, accessing a real-time video feed from anywhere. The ability to watch the dash cam footage right on your smartphone, and seamlessly switch between front and rear cameras (or front and interior cameras in case of Taxi dash cam models) provides a heightened level of vigilance, even when you’re miles away from your parked car.

Effortless Retrieval of Crucial Footage

There’s no need to physically remove the microSD card to gain access to your dash cam footage anymore. Actually, there’s no need to be physically near the dash cam to retrieve it, either! While Bluetooth or direct Wi-Fi allows users to download the desired files to their phones when they are near the dash cam, thanks to the Cloud connectivity this can be done from anywhere. In short, this feature helps the users effortlessly review all recorded videos, particularly crucial in events like hit-and-runs. Lower resolution videos can be downloaded almost instantly if a quick check is needed.

Staying Up To Date At All Times

Moreover, Cloud-connected dash cams offer the added benefit of firmware push notifications and upgrades over the Cloud. This ensures that the dash cam users stay informed and equipped with the latest updates and bug fixes. With firmware push notifications, users are promptly alerted whenever an update becomes available, so that their dash cam remains optimized for performance, security, and reliability at all times. With remote firmware upgrade, there is no need for manual download and installation of the new firmware.

Streamlined Data Management

Video files stored on the dash cam can be easily moved to the Cloud and safely stored there. BlackVue dash cams come with a feature called Live Event Upload. By toggling this feature on, you can be assured that all the important videos won’t be lost. Event Videos are saved to the Cloud in real time, and they even include a few seconds before the trigger, giving you the full picture of the incident. The Live Event Upload feature can be customized to activate only in Parking Mode – a great option for users concerned about data consumption. Motion Parking videos and Impact Event videos include a buffer of about 5 seconds leading to the impact. That way, in case of a hit-and-run, you get the proof that the other vehicle actually hit yours.

Cloud-native vs Cloud-compatible

All these benefits discussed above are featured in BlackVue Cloud-connected dash cams. With BlackVue, you have two options. You can pick a Cloud-compatible model or a Cloud-native model. Cloud-compatible models are Cloud ready, but they don’t have the ability to connect to the internet by themselves. They need to access a nearby Wi-fi or have a hotspot installed in the vehicle to be able to access the internet. A good example of a Cloud-compatible dash cam is the BlackVue DR970X-2CH Plus, a 4K UHD dash cam. Users can also opt for a triple channel dash cam with three cameras – front, interior, and back – the Box Series.

BlackVue Connectivity Module

On the other hand, Cloud-native models come with a built-in SIM card reader. All you need is a SIM card with an appropriate data plan (or, if you live in North America, your BlackVue LTE model will include a BlackVue SIM card). Take a look at the 4K LTE BlackVue dash cam here.

Flexible Plans for Diverse Needs

BlackVue offers four different Cloud plans to meet diverse needs of its users. Casual users who need the basics can select the 100% Free Plan. No credit card required. Paid plans start as low as $3.99 per month and allow for more camera slots, more Live View minutes, unlimited downloads and more. BlackVue prepared a plan for fleet owners as well. Check the comparison table of different Cloud plans here.

In essence, Cloud-connected dash cams redefine the role of these devices, offering practical benefits that extend beyond mere recording. Thanks to a Cloud-connected dash cam, you can elevate your driving experience with the enhanced safety and convenience.

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