If you want to give yourself a good scare, just watch an episode of Car Crash Britain - the motoring equivalent of You've Been Framed, with wall-to-wall dashcam footage collected from members of the public, all of whom have been unlucky enough to be caught up in someone else's accident. Thankfully, there are now a number of dash cams with a range of useful features so we spent some time with a few of them to see how they fared.
Launched late last year, the Nextbase 412GW sits below the range-topping 512G model in the company's line-up. It captures video through a six-element lens with a 140-degree viewing angle at up to Quad HD 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps.
The BlackVue DR650S takes the form of a tube with a forward-facing lens at one end and an adhesive mount at the other, but perhaps the most interesting feature is BlackVue's Over the Cloud functionality that allows you to watch a live feed from the camera on your smartphone.
The RoadHawk Vision is a slightly different proposition to the other dash cams in our group test in that it eschews the usual bells and whistles in favour of concentrating on the task of capturing video. There's no GPS receiver, for example, nor is there an integral screen.
The Silent Witness SW224 is the second unit in our dash cam group test that boasts 2K or 1440p video recording, as well as the more conventional 1080p and 720p. The unit arrives in a smart box that makes it something of an event to open, and comes with a comprehensive package of accessories.
Although pickup trucks have been the big seller in the US for years, here in the UK they’ve been largely the preserve of builders or game wardens. However, as efforts increase to make them more comfortable, company car users have been able to take advantage of more favourable tax regimes, leading to an explosion in pick-up sales. To help guide you, we've assembled a quick run-down of the current market, along with our thoughts on each one.
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Most people probably wouldn’t imagine that Peterborough is at the forefront of technological advances, but they’d be wrong. Peterborough City Council has begun scrapping their gas-guzzling motors to replace them with state of the art electric cars. In honour of Peterborough’s forward-thinking approach, we look at four movies that gave us a glimpse into our possible motoring future, and then mixed it with a good old car chase.
We’re sitting in a queue of traffic, waiting for the lights to change. The driver and I chat calmly while we wait. Glimpses of blue sky break out from between the clouds, and the sun reaches down, its light dancing on the road ahead of us. It’s a peaceful Saturday afternoon, and all is right with the world. Bang!