I think some common sense must be applied. As people have said, sat navs are very similar - and yes, if you plonk your sat nav smack bang in front of you, you deserve to be pulled over.
I've been trying to find a pic on google of the mk2.5 rear mirror/rain sensor to show where the camera was located but not found anything suitable. Technically though it doesn't attach to the windscreen so I may be ok anyway. From a normal drivers position, you can barely see the camera as its hidden behind the rear mirror.
As for backward-facing cameras, I've actually got one of the plate-light + camera reversing cameras, and could attach a recording unit to that, though the angle isn't the greatest obviously.
It's worth pointing out though that such a camera wouldn't have caught any more of the accident in my example. The best camera would have been a rear facing from front screen camera (looking through the car) as a wide angle would potentially show the HGV impact.
As for phone cams... I messed about with similar apps. They are great for some people, but I'm lazy, and no doubt would forget/not bother to put the cam up especially for short journeys. I prefer set-and-forget.
Well the lorry driver was dutch (but spoke good English) and got out of the cab saying "I'm sorry I didn't see you are you OK", and then went into Insurance mode. I kinda part understand it to be fair - you're not meant to admit fault and he didn't.
First off the good news arrived - its NOT being written off, and the parts are on order. WOOP!
The dashcam is a Itronics ITB-100HD. For no real reason, I sent around $190 to a random south korean one-man-band firm via paypal. Amazingly, the camera actually turned up, and was installed about a year ago. I completely forgot about the camera at the accident site - and the HGV driver has no idea it was filmed, so I suspect he's got a shock coming...
It's full 1080p HD, though I tend to use it at 720p as the frame rate is 30 rather than 24 at 1080p. 32gb SDHC card (maximum supported), and it sits below the rain sensor and rear view mirror using heavy-duty vecro (about £6 from halfords).
I could go on about the dashcam because I seriously love it, but I will stop before I bore everyone to death.
I'm fine by the way - low impact, just scary!
Edit: For reference, there are probably better,cheaper cameras available now, but I will be keeping this one until it breaks - superb quality in day, good at night, and pretty much the most important thing for a dashcam - even more than pic-quality: RELIABLE. Dashcams need to be install-and-forget!
Edit2: The link below is for a dashcam on amazon for £15. It's probably crap, and I'm not recommending it, just highlighting the price. While the quality is most likely bad, IF its reliable, it would have filmed my incident and probably been as effective - there was no numberplates to read etc so as long as it was wide-angle, it would have done the job.
It's direct from ford. GK Ford got it to worksop branch within 24 hrs, and it was only £32.something! Stupidly I've forgot the finis number but don't think it was hard to find. It's called 'Honeycomb effect grille' I think, and is ST standard.
If you can buy ST/RS stuff through Ford it seems to be cheaper than ebay since Ford don't manually add a zero if it says ST!
The diary starts slightly half way through. I've already sorted the custom heater controls, and put some trim detail on the back bumper. I'm not into heavy mods - just the quick and easy bits! I might try some more major stuff eventually, but for now...
In terms of constructive critisism, the guide is getting slowly out of date, but it still works to get people up to speed.
However, if I get time, I will try and update it. Once done, I'll post it here, and let preee judge whether to add it to Post number 1. It's his guide, and i for one wouldn't have known where to start with accessing MS-CAN without his guide. Which I found on the website HE chose to post on,
What I won't do, is post it to my own SEO'd website, display a clear obsession with visitor numbers, try and sell cables that can be modded for less than a £2 maplin receipt, and then deny all knowledge of my crassness, stupidity and rudeness when questioned on it.
If you really didn't mean to 'steal' why didn't you just to what is customary - quote a selected paragraph or 2, and link to this thread?
I didn't come here to hijack the thread at all, I think this is an excellent thread, I have read through this whole thread, and even the Russian thread, as I feel this is an excellent program and modification, hence the post on my website, to make this more known.
I get well over 10,000 hits a day on my website from all over the globe, mostly from Ford users. Not plugging my website at all, not what I'm here for.
But surely you can see that's exactly what it looks like your here for?