Fleet Dashcam Buyer's Guide

Whether your main goal is to protect yourself in case of an accident, eliminate fraud attempts on your business, keep your drivers accountable, or reduce your insurance premium, equipping your fleet vehicles with in-car video cameras, such as those found in police cars, is a worthwhile investment. But which commercial-grade dash cam should you buy? What features and specs should you look for in a dash cam? Which dash cam is worth budgeting for? Our Fleet Dash Cam Buyer’s Guide will cover the dash cam lens orientation and coverage options available, features that business owners and fleet managers should look for in a professional-grade dash cam, our top dash cam recommendations for fleets, and a comprehensive list of commercial dash cams available.
Why Should You Equip Your Fleet with Cameras?You can’t afford not to.
Protect Your Fleet with Irrefutable Evidence in an Accident or Fraud Attempt
Commercial vehicles are intentionally targeted by fraudsters looking for a quick payout. Video evidence provided to insurance companies is invaluable in determining fault.

Make Data-Driven Decisions to Save Your Company Money
Video recording paired with a Fleet Management System (FMS) allows decision makers to review comprehensive reports on routes, speed, and driver behavior. Could a route be more efficient, resulting in lower fuel costs? Is a driver’s erratic driving putting your company at risk? Has a driver’s idle time increased this month? A complete dash cam solution with FMS objectively answers these questions for you. Confidently make data-backed improvements for your company, increasing the bottom line.

Holding Drivers Accountable Leads to Improved Behavior
Are your drivers keeping to their routes, or are they increasing your fuel bills by using a fleet vehicle for personal errands? A dash cam with GPS position and speed logging will let you know exactly where your vehicles have been throughout the day.

Employees are much less likely to violate company regulations by speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence, driving drowsy, driving aggressively, or road rage if the vehicle is armed with a dash cam. It’s like the boss is riding along on every trip.

Monitor Trucks and Cargo with 24/7 Surveillance
Dash cams can continuously keep watch over the vehicle, tools, and cargo just like a security or surveillance camera. A visible camera lens or a blinking light may lead to a decrease in attempted theft or vandalism. Should your vehicle be vandalized or your cargo damaged or stolen while the vehicle is unattended, your dash cam’s video footage will be vital evidence to submit to your insurance provider to cover equipment loss costs or damage/repair bills.

Real-Time Hands-Free Communication
Small business owners can monitor their delivery or fleet vehicles on a map in real-time and communicate with drivers directly with the integrated two-way communication function. Ask drivers for their ETA and have quick, hands-free conversations with your driver without distracting phone calls or text messages.

 

Dash Cam Features

What makes a dash cam different than other security, surveillance, or action cameras? In short, dash cams are specifically designed for the needs of a driver in order to protect him or herself and the vehicle he or she is driving, as well as the business that owns the vehicle and employs the driver. There are four main characteristics that make a dash cam a dash cam:

Fixed Assets
Dash cams are designed to remain in your fleet vehicle at all times. Whether your fleet is equipped with a sleek and discreet dash cam like a BlackVue or a tamper-proof, industrial-grade dash cam like the VT-300, dash cams are meant to be installed once and stay put.

Automatic Power On
Dash cams power on automatically when your car powers on. While most personal vehicles will power their dash cam with the cigarette lighter power outlet in their car, businesses may want to hardwire their dash cams to the fuse box for a more reliable and tamper-proof installation.

Automatic Recording
Dash cams start recording automatically as soon as they power on. This leaves no room for error or the need to remember to push a button to start or stop recording, ensuring that every drive is logged and recorded.

Loop Recording
Dash cams record continuously, which is also known as loop recording. Once the dash cam has filled its memory card with dash cam footage, it will start to re-record over its footage, starting with the oldest footage first. This recording method means that you will never receive the error message “memory card full” and ensure that your vehicle is under video surveillance each and every mile.

Features to Look for in a Fleet Dash Cam

These features are what make a dash cam appropriate for commercial fleet use. Decide which of these features are non-negotiable for your specific business to help narrow down your options in order to find the best commercial-grade dash cam for your needs.

Lockable Memory Card Cover

A tamper-proof memory card cover gives fleet managers the authority to lock the cover while their fleet of trucks are on the road. Only keyholders are able to unlock the memory card cover and remove the card from the dash cam. A lockable memory card cover is a standard feature included in the AVIC View-i dash cam.


Direct-Wire Harness

Most dash cams for personal cars will include a 12v power cord that draws power from the cigarette outlet inside the cabin. This makes it simple for anyone in the vehicle to unplug the dash cam to cut its power and stop recording. A built-in hardwire harness prevents unauthorized disconnection of the power to the camera. This prevents drivers or passengers from disabling the camera by removing the power cable and ensures the dash cam is recording as intended by the business owners and fleet managers.

GPS Logging

Record vehicle speed and location to the dash cam’s memory card alongside the audio and video recordings. Some dash cams will display vehicle speed within the video recording files while some systems’ GPS data can be played back later using an application on a computer. The ability to refer back to GPS files is crucial for your business to refute a wrongful speeding tickets and know your drivers’ exact locations on specific days and times.

Parking Mode

It’s important to monitor your vehicle and keep your drivers accountable while your fleet is on the road, but accidents and theft attempts can happen while your commercial trucks are left unattended or are parked in the depot. Many dash cams appropriate for fleets have a parking or surveillance mode to record the vehicle and its surroundings even when the vehicle is turned off. As long as your dash cam has a constant power source, a dash cam with this feature is able to be on constant watch 24/7. Working with dash cam features like G-sensor and motion detection, your professional-grade dash cam will begin recording an event triggered by any impact or motion. If someone approaches your vehicle to test and see if your driver has left the vehicle’s doors unlocked or someone damages your truck while it is parked, the event will be recorded and saved to the memory card.

Remote Access

Remote access allows business owners and fleet managers to interface with their dash cam system from a distance. Receive up-to-the-minute push notifications of speeding or impact straight to your smartphone, email, computer, or tablet. Watch real-time video from the vehicle and view or download the recordings from the memory card.

External Data Storage

Additional external data storage is a must-have feature for fleets that need longer recording times when vehicles are on the road for days or weeks at a time without returning to the depot. Some professional-grade dash cams designed for the needs of a fleet will allow you to add up to 1 terabyte of video storage via an external hard drive.

Automatic Depot Backup

The ability to wirelessly offload video data to a local backup server gives time back to fleet managers. Automatic depot backup involves tapping into the local Wi-Fi network at the depot or service yard and will give you the connection ability to offload the day’s data to your local backup server or backup computer. Utilizing the Fleet Management System (FMS) with a commercial-grade dash cam such as the VT-300 means that you will never need to remove the memory card from the dash cam.

Recommended Fleet Dash Cam Solutions

To create this dash cam fleet buyer’s guide, The Dashcam Store team quality tested their suite of 40+ dash cam models from more than a dozen trusted brands to feature only the best of the best solutions for fleets. To be a recommended solution, dash cams must display quality video footage, be reliable, and meet the technical specifications that complement the unique needs of businesses. The following dash cams are The Dashcam Store’s top 7 vehicle camera systems specifically for professional use.
 
Brand Model # Channels Coverage Tamper Proof GPS Logging Remote Access Telematics Reporting External Data Storage Depot Backup
AVIC HD-SL-Pro 1 Forward Yes Yes No No No No View
BlackVue DR750S-1CH 1 Forward Optional Yes Yes* Yes** No No View
BlackVue DR750S-2CH 2 Forward + Rear Optional Yes Yes* Yes** No No View
BlackVue DR650S-2CH-TRUCK 2 Forward + Rear Optional Yes Yes* Yes** No No View
AVIC HD-SL-Pro-Ruby 2 Forward + Interior Yes Yes No No No No View
BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR 2 Forward + Interior Optional Yes Yes* Yes** No No View
EOS Tech VT-300 3 Forward + Interior + Rear Yes Yes Yes* Yes*** Optional Yes View
* = requires cellular-based Wi-Fi device in a vehicle
** = requires BlackVue Over the Cloud plan
*** = requires FMS plan

One-Channel | Forward-Facing Recording

A single-lens dash cam is also known as a forward-facing or a one-channel dash cam. This dash cam style is designed to be mounted on the inside of your vehicle’s windshield with the lens facing out to record the road ahead of your driver.

Equipping your fleet vehicles with a streamlined, forward-facing one-channel dash cam, like the AVIC View-i HD, is a huge stride to protect your business. The AVIC View-I HD is a single lens dash cam that is mounted on the front windshield with the dash cam lens facing out to capture 120 degrees of video coverage in front of the vehicle.

AVIC HD-SL-Pro

Best Budget Forward Recording Dash Cam
AVIC View-i HD Professional-Grade Single Lens Tamper-proof GPS Dash cam | Front View

Quick Specs:

• Tamper-Proof Direct Wire Harness
• Tamper-Proof Memory Card Cover
• GPS Logging
• 120 degree viewing angle
• 720 HD Video Resolution
• 30 FPS


The AVIC View-I HD dash cam is an affordable one-channel, tamper-proof dash cam built for commercial vehicles. Its slim, compact design won’t obstruct the windshield or your driver’s line of sight.

Don’t be dissuaded by the 720p resolution. 720p HD video quality suits the needs of the majority of the fleets that we work with.

To power the AVIC View-i HD, connect the wire harness directly to the vehicle’s electrical system. This built-in wire harness makes this dash cam tamper-proof by preventing someone from unplugging the power cord on the camera or from the power outlet. Not only are the power sources tamper-proof on the AVIC View-i, but an additional security measure is the lockable memory card cover. Only the keyholder will be able to pull the memory card to view or download dash cam footage.

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BlackVue DR750S-1CH

Best High Performance Forward Recording Dash Cam
BlackVue DR750S-1CH Dash Cam | Featuring  Full HD 1080p 60fps Video, GPS, WiFi & Cloud Functionality

Quick Specs:

• Remote Access Available
• Parking Mode Available
• GPS Logging
• 139 degree viewing angle
• 1080p Full HD Video Resolution
• 60 FPS


The BlackVue DR750S-1CH, released in September 2017, includes top-of-the-line features fit for a fleet in a sleek, low-profile design.

The 750S includes STARVIS image sensors, which greatly improve image quality in all lighting conditions, even in the dark. The DR750S is the first BlackVue dash cam to record in up to 60 frames per second, which packs video data with double the information and results in the crisp, motion-free look that you find in a GoPro.

This BlackVue dash cam model is cloud-capable, meaning that if you have a mobile internet connection in your vehicle, fleet managers and execs can remote in and view live footage of their vehicle. The BlackVue Over-the-Cloud live view feature is a cost-effective way for businesses to take advantage of dash cam specs that are typically found in expensive fleet management systems and software.

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Two-Channel | Forward + Rear Recording

A two-channel dash cam system doubles the degrees of coverage and protection surrounding your fleet vehicle. While the options to mount each dash cam and change the orientation of the dash cam’s lenses to adjust the viewing angles are virtually endless, there are two main dual-lens setups. Here, we’ll go over the first option for a dual-lens dash cam: one lens to record in front of your vehicle and one lens to record behind your vehicle.

For work trucks like the Chevy Express Van, Ford Transit, Dodge Ram Promaster, or the Ford F250 Superduty, the rear-facing dash cam is mounted inside the cabin and the dash cam lens faces out a rear window to record events happening behind and around the vehicle.

For box trucks or work vehicles with cab guards or cab protectors, like this Ford F-350 FX4 Lariat King Ranch or a Kenworth or Peterbilt truck, the second rear-facing dash cam will need to be mounted on the outside of the vehicle. There are dual-lens dash cams for front and rear recording with an external waterproof dash cam option for the rear, like the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR Truck. The rear-facing dash cam of the DR650S-2CH-IR-Truck is designed to withstand the elements and record behind your vehicle or trailer.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH

Best High Performance Forward & Rear Recording Dash Cam
DR750S-2CH BlackVue Dual-Lens Dual 1080p Dash cam | Front and Rear Camera

Quick Specs:

• Dual lens, Front and Rear-Facing
• Tamper Proof Case (optional)
• GPS Logging
• Remote Access Available
• Parking Mode Available
• 139° viewing angle (front/rear)
• 1080p Full HD Video (front/rear)
• 60 FPS (front) 30 FPS (rear)


If your goal is to increase video surveillance around your truck with two dash cam lenses for front and rear recording, opt for the BlackVue DR750S-2CH. The DR750S-2CH was released in September 2017, and features high-end specs fit for the needs of a commercial vehicle in a discreet design.

The DR750S-2CH boasts the same specs as the forward-facing lens of the DR750S-1CH, such as Sony STARVIS image sensors for clear image quality in low-light and up to 60 FPS for video data robust enough to decipher license plate numbers.

This dual lens BlackVue dash cam model includes a second rear-facing lens, which records in 1080p video resolution at up to 30 FPS. The DR750S-2CH is a cloud-capable dash cam, which means that staff can remote in through their smartphone and see live video footage from the forward-facing or rear-facing dash cam anytime, anywhere. Fleet managers can take advantage of the BlackVue Over-the-Cloud feature through hands-free two-way voice communication as a way to check-in with drivers without distracting calls or texts and receive push notifications straight to their smartphones for impacts or motion while the vehicle is in park.

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH-TRUCK

Best Forward & Rear Recording Dash Cam with Waterproof Rear Lens
BlackVue DR650S-2CH-Truck 1080p Full HD dual lens dash cam | Alternative Mounting Locations

Quick Specs:

• Dual lens, Front and Rear-Facing
• Tamper Proof Case (optional)
• GPS Logging
• Waterproof External Dash Cam (rear)
• Parking Mode Available
• 129° viewing angle (front/rear)
• 1080p Full HD / 720 HD Video (front/rear)
• 30 FPS (front/rear)


The BlackVue DR650S-2CH-Truck for front and rear recording is built for trucks and commercial vehicles with limited visibility or windshields, like a Ford F-350 Superduty work truck or a Nissan UD diesel flat-bed tow truck. Since the waterproof rear-facing dash cam is mounted on the outside of the vehicle, the placement and orientation options are endless. The waterproof dash cam has infrared LED lights for clear video quality, even in the rain or at night.

Like the other BlackVue dash cams in the DR650S series, The DR650S-2CH Truck model records in Full HD 1080p from the forward-facing lens and HD 720p from the rear-facing lens. It also includes features like remote access via smartphone with BlackVue Over-the-Cloud, speed and location data logging, and is compatible with the BlackVue tamper-proof case.

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Two-Channel | Forward + Interior Recording

The second option for a dual-lens dash cam includes one lens to record in front of your vehicle and one lens to record inside your vehicle. Some two-channel dash cams, like the AVIC, record out the front windshield as well as inside the cabin of the vehicle to record the driver, with both lenses being built in to one single unit.

A two-channel dash cam intended for interior video recording includes night vision features, such as infrared (IR) illumination modules to ensure that footage inside the cabin of the vehicle and the driver is visible, even in low-light or at night.

AVIC HD-SL-Ruby

Best Budget Forward + Interior Recording Dash Cam
AVIC View-i HD Professional-Grade Tamper-Proof Dual Lens GPS-Enabled Dash Cam | For Sale at The Dash cam Store

Quick Specs:

• Dual Lens, Front and Inside-Facing
• Tamper-Proof Direct Wire Harness
• Tamper-Proof Memory Card Cover
• GPS Logging
• 120/140° viewing angle (front/inside)
• 720 HD/480 Video Res(front/inside)
• 20 FPS (front) 10 FPS (inside)


The AVIC View-i HD dash cam is an affordable dual-lens, tamper-proof dash cam built for commercial trucks. Keep track of your fleet with the built-in GPS receiver, record in front of and inside your company vehicle, and be confident that no unauthorized staff shut off the power or delete files off of the memory card with tamper-proof features.

The interior-facing dash cam lens includes an infrared illumination module to enhance night vision recording. These LED lights won’t affect your driver, but will allow you to record your driver, even in low-light or pitch black.

Don’t be dissuaded by the 720p resolution. 720p HD video quality from the front-facing camera and 480p from the interior-facing dash cam meets the requirements for most of the fleets that we work with. If budget is a concern for your business, the AVIC View-I HD dual dash cam is more economical than any other commercial-grade two-channel dash cam.

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR

Best Remote-Access Forward + Interior Recording Dash Cam
BlackVue DR650S-2CH 1080p Full HD dual-lens dash cam with WiFi and GPS | For Front and Inside-Facing Video and Audio Recording

Quick Specs:

• Tamper Proof Case (optional)
• GPS Logging
• Remote Access Available
• GPS Logging
• Sony Exmore Video Sensor
• 129° viewing angle (front/inside)
• 1080p Full HD/720 HD Video (front/inside)
• 30 FPS (front and inside)


The BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR dash cam for outside and interior recording is low-profile and high-tech. The sleek, low-profile aesthetic and remote access of BlackVue dash cams make them suitable for consumers and businesses alike.

The BlackVue-Over-the-Cloud feature allows you to have remote access to your fleet vehicle’s dash cam from your smartphone. Install a mobile hotspot in your vehicle and download the BlackVue app to view live dash cam video feeds, see the geolocation, monitor speed in real-time, and receive push notifications to your phone if someone attempts to break into the vehicle while in park or if an impact is detected.

The DR650S-2CH-IR is our top recommendation for the best dash cam for Uber, Lyft, taxi, or limo drivers.

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Three-Channel | Forward + Rear + Interior Recording

A three-channel, or 3 lens, dash cam system records all three video recordings in front of, inside, and behind your vehicle to a single storage location in the dash cam. 3-channel systems are highly configurable, which ensures that the exact specifications for video coverage of your fleet vehicles can be met. The options to mount and orient each of these three dash cams is virtually endless, but the most popular setup for our fleet business customers is to record in front of, inside, and behind the vehicle. Alternatively, you can choose to mount one of the three lenses to record inside the cargo or passenger area. The EOS Tech VT-300 is our recommended three-channel dash cam system for fleets.

EOS VT-300

Best Fleet Management Dash Cam
EOS Tech VT-300 Multi-Channel Fleet Tamper-Proof Dash Cam with GPS Tracking Telematics | In-Cabin View

Quick Specs:

• Remote Access Available
• Tamper-Proof Direct Wire Harness
• GPS Logging
• Fleet Telematics
• External Data Storage
• Automatic Depot Backup


The VT-300 3CH security system is the ultimate dash cam recording solution for fleets. Trust the VT-300’s 3-camera setup is providing you and your business with constant audio and video coverage to stay protected and provide irrefutable evidence in any situation. Know exactly where your drivers, vehicles, and cargo are at all times via fleet telematics and cloud-based fleet management software.

This fleet camera setup includes a full suite of management tools, including PC software for viewing video files and location data directly from the memory card and the FMS Server System for real-time fleet telematics and tracking with live on-demand video and audio feeds from each vehicle.

There are several remote camera options to meet the specific recording needs of your fleet. A waterproof exterior camera with IR night-vision capabilities, a discreet mini rear-facing lens, and additional inside-facing IR lens, and a vandal-proof dome style IR camera are all options available.

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Fleet Dash Cam Case Studies

What does the process of selecting and implementing a dash cam solution for a business look like?


image: Fleet Dashcam Case Study: San Antonio Sweeping Service | The Dashcam Store Blog

San Antonio Sweeping Service

Get to know San Antonio Sweeping Service, a leader in construction, maintenance, and restoration cleaning services with a fleet of 9 work trucks. Owner Brian Cooper wanted to install dash cams in his fleet to keep his team accountable and protect his business in case any incident or accident happened on the commute to a job site. Only one week after the dash cams were installed in his fleet, one of his drivers was involved in an accident. The dash cam footage provided unbiased evidence to Cooper and to his insurance provider to show exactly what happened and prove that his driver was not at fault.

Read the full case study here

 
Fleet Dashcam Case Study: Century Driving Group Driver's Ed Company | The Dashcam Store Blog

Century Driving Group Driver's Ed

Century Driving Group is a driver’s education school with a fleet of 55 sedans. Owner David Muma wanted a way to help protect his team of instructors, so he equipped his fleet of instructor vehicles with the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR. After have the dash cams installed, Muma realized that dash cams were not only contributing to increased quality assurance, but that he could use dash cam video footage as an educational tool. Instructors can now send students the dash cam footage recorded on their practice drives and use dash cam footage as a learning tool during lectures.

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Dash Cam Solutions for all Industries and Business Sizes

The Dash cam Store has helped hundreds of businesses, ranging from small, family-owned operations to large-scale international companies protect their investments with dash cam solutions.
  • Government – police squad cars, fire trucks, disaster relief vehicles
  • Construction and Landscaping – hydroponics, gardening, irrigation, oil, and gas
  • Service and Delivery Vehicles - pest control, towing, waste and recycling, auto repair, air conditioning and heating, event rental, moving, food and beverage
  • Transportation – personal vehicles for rideshare drivers, including Uber, Lyft, Fasten, Ride | Austin, taxis, limousines, passenger vans, buses, rental car companies, truck driving schools

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