These days everyone is recording everything. Cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers adorn helmets and windscreens with recording devices, and it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer released a genuine accessory dash-cam, and we predict it won't be long until they are standard or optional built-in kit.
Audi was the first to release an OEM dash-cam system in Australia with its new Universal Traffic Recorder (UTR). Available as a single-cam or dual-cam unit, the device has three surveillance modes, full HD camera, radar, GPS, G-Shock sensor and can be monitored via a free smartphone app.
In standard mode, it starts recording when the engine is turned on and stops when the engine is turned off, storing HD video files on an ejectable 8GB SD card. No need to change it, either. When storage capacity is reached, it will start recording over the oldest data.
Equipped with a G-Shock sensor, event mode will automatically capture footage if the acceleration sensor exceeds its threshold. The length of time it records in these situations can be adjusted via the app.
The unit also features radar-based recording, triggered when motion is detected. Parking mode is activated when the engine is turned off and remains active for more than 72 hours.
All of the recording and camera settings can be controlled via the app, which also features live viewing, video gallery and a car finder function. The app is available on iPhone and Android devices and files can be saved from the HD card directly to your phone for safekeeping.
Audi Australia says the product has proven popular since it was quietly launched last month, and is designed to work only with Audi vehicles.
It's available for the A4, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5 and Q7 model ranges and is priced at $677.27 (ex GST and LCT) for the front-only camera, $768.18 for the front and rear camera system and the installation wiring loom costs $52.02.