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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:33 PM

Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam



I was in Prague a while back, and a Russian friend of mine picked me up from the airport and drove me around the city. The weird thing was that he kept the video camera rolling on his smartphone mounted on the dashboard. He had an app that would keep a rolling record of the last 15 minutes or so of video.

"Why?"

"Just because. Everybody does this."

"But why?"

"Just because."

He couldn't explain it to me, and the question came back to me this morning with all of the dash cam videos of meteor photos...

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/

How is it possible that a dozen different motorists around the Russian city of Chelyabinsk were able to capture video of a massive meteor flying through the sky? Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car.

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Reply Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam (Original post)
jberryhill Feb 2013 OP
11 Bravo Feb 2013 #1
Agschmid Feb 2013 #7
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #2
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #3
jberryhill Feb 2013 #4
Sen. Walter Sobchak Feb 2013 #5
steve2470 Feb 2013 #6

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:37 PM

1. Thanks for this bit of inside info. (I have to admit, I was wondering, why so many videos?)

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:15 PM

7. Right...

If you ever Google... "Russia learn to drive" ... there are quite a few very interesting videos!

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:48 PM

2. I'd picked up on that

from some of the joke videos on Youtube of car crashes over there and guessed that must be the case from earlier today.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:51 PM

3. Ah - I hadn't realised that the link answered the question, as well as asking it (nt)

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:52 PM

4. Yep

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:01 PM

5. They do it because of insurance fraud

People back into you deliberately and then claim they were tail-ended and either try to extort money or claim to be injured.

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Response to Sen. Walter Sobchak (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:13 PM

6. makes sense

I was also thinking, to guard against police brutality, but from what I know about Putin's Russia, the dash cam would be destroyed before it would be admitted into evidence.

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