Whether you drive for Ride | Austin as your side-hustle or you’ve committed to driving rideshare as your full-time gig, you should absolutely protect yourself and your car with a dashcam while you’re on shift. While we’re of the opinion that everyone can benefit from the safety, security, and peace of mind that a dashcam brings, we firmly believe that every rideshare driver should have a dashcam.
Equipping your car with a dashcam that records both audio and video while you’re working will be vital should you get into an accident while on shift, have an altercation with an intoxicated passenger during a late-night price surge, you need video evidence in a clean-up fee dispute, or if you want to refute an unjustifiably low driver rating with HQ.
Here are the details on our #1 recommendation for the best dashcam for rideshare drivers, as well as two alternative setups to consider.
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You asked, and we answered! The BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR for front and interior recording is our recommendation for the best dashcam for Ride | Austin drivers. What makes the DR650S-2CH-IR a rideshare driver favorite? Drivers can expect quality, reliable outside and inside recording (with night vision) from the industry leading BlackVue brand.
The DR650S-2CH-IR is sleek, stealthy, packed with features, and records in impressive 1080p Full HD with the front lens and 720p HD with the interior lens and night vision capabilities. This means you can film other vehicles on the road and inside your car to capture your interactions with your passengers during your trip. One of the key features of the DR650S-2CH-IR is that the interior camera has infrared (IR) lights, which means that it can record you and your passengers in the dark.
The DR650S-2CH-IR uses two separate camera lenses, one for inside-facing and one for forward-facing, as shown below:
BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR Specs Ride | Austin Drivers Will Love:
DR650S-2CH-IR Sample Footage:
What Our Customers Say about the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR:
This is my second BlackVue from The Dashcam Store. The quality and reliability of these cameras are the best. It truly serves its purpose. For the driver who is looking for the best, look no more. This camera is great for all Ride | Austin, taxi drivers etc.
I drive for Ride | Austin and I am very happy with our BlackVue DR650S 2CH IR camera. The video quality is superb and the details inside the cabin in the dark are excellent, even in the back seat. An excellent security feature. I love the cloud functions, which lets my wife know where my vehicle is at all times and lets her check to verify my safety whenever she wants.
I did a lot of research as to which dash cam to buy. Finally, I came across The Dashcam Store and contacted them. After letting them know I would be using it for driving for a rideshare service, they recommended the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR 1080p Dual-Lens WiFi GPS Dashcam w/ Infrared Interior Lens. I've had it for about a month now and I couldn't be happier! It was incredibly easy to install and I had it up and running within an hour. The picture is crystal clear and the infrared works really well at night. This brings both myself and my passengers peace of mind knowing we are protected. I highly recommend this dash cam!
Our first runner up is a less pricey solution (starting at $199) than the top-of-the-line DR650S-2CH-IR (which starts at $399). The N2 Pro is an affordable 2-channel dashcam that is a good fit for any and every Ride | Austin driver! With both the front-facing and inside-facing lenses built in to one single unit, the N2 Pro simultaneously captures the road ahead of you and protects you and your passengers, all at high resolution and an excellent price point. With infrared "night vision" LEDs on the inside-facing camera lens, the N2 Pro will still record inside your vehicle even in the pitch black, and is priced right, landing nicely between the high-end and feature-packed DR650S-2CH-IR and the low-end DVR-R300 (which has a similar design but lacks the resolution and IR LEDS so is not recommended for rideshare drivers).
Based on the powerful Novatek NT96660 chipset and equipped with advanced Sony Exmor IMX323 (inside cam) and OV4689 (front cam) image sensors, the N2 Pro simultaneously captures the road ahead at a massive 170° viewing angle and inside the cabin at a still impressive 140° viewing angle. Both the front and inside-facing lenses on the N2 Pro record at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. The Vantrue N2 Pro does include an LCD screen display, making this unit a less-discreet that the DR650S-2CH-IR system, but still quite capable in terms of keeping you safe and working in both the daytime and during the night.
Our final runner up is for those looking for the ultimate in dashcam protection. If you are interested in investing in your complete safety and security while on shift, drive for Ride | Austin full-time, drive a luxury car, and/or want to record video in front of, behind, and inside your car (even at night), this is the comprehensive solution for you.
The ultimate rideshare combo adds a separate rear-facing dashcam to the vehicle. A vigilant ride share driver will want to record out his or her back windshield to catch any suspicious activity around his or her entire vehicle or in case of a rear-end accident. Our ultimate rideshare recommendation features the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR listed above and also includes the BlackVue DR590-1CH.
The majority of DR590-1CH owners will install this one-channel dashcam on their front windshield, but we think that the sleek design and 1080p Full HD at 60fps is perfect for rear recording for rideshare driver drivers. While all BlackVue dashcams including Parking Mode as a standard feature, we highly recommend that you use a Power Magic Pro with this setup. We’ve rounded up all of the power and install accessories for you, and offer everything you’ll need in one convenient bundle.
For an idea of what one of these setups looks like when professionally installed, click the image below:
And there you have it! Our top recommendation for the best dashcam for Ride | Austin drivers and two runner-up options as well.
We're local, and we love supporting our local rideshare community! As a special offer exclusively for Ride | Austin drivers, use coupon code RA10 for 10% off the BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR, the Vantrue N2 Pro, or the Ultimate Rideshare Bundle. Simply enter the code RA10 in the coupon code box during checkout.
Local pickup is available, or you can also swing by our retail showroom for a visit. Drive safe out there, y'all!
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