Posted by The Dashcam Store on August 08, 2018
Whether you drive for a rideshare company as your side-hustle or you’ve committed to driving for Uber or Lyft 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, if you need video evidence in a clean-up fee dispute, or if you want to refute an unjustifiably low driver rating with HQ.
What makes the dashcams on this page appropriate for use by a rideshare driver? Each model listed below is a dual-lens system (recording from two camera angles simultaneously) and they all are designed specifically to record both in front of and inside the vehicle at all times. Furthermore, each model below uses IR (infrared) LED lights on the inside-facing camera lens to ensure footage inside your vehicle is clear, even at night.
Here are the details on our top 3 recommendations for the best dashcams for rideshare drivers, as well as three rideshare-specific dashcam bundles for your consideration.
Last year when we released our first version of the Best Dashcams for Uber Drivers blog, we had listed the DR650S-2CH-IR dashcam system as the best option. So, it only makes sense that we have chosen its replacement for the 2018 Best Dashcam for Rideshare Drivers listing.
Like the DR650S-2CH-IR, the DR750S has the same sleek, stealthy design, and is packed with similar features. Where they differ; the DR650S only records in 1080p with the front camera, while the DR750S records in an impressive full 1080p with both the front and interior lenses. The 750 has Sony STARVIS imaging sensors which are the new benchmark in mobile video clarity, especially under low light conditions. The extra clarity provided by the STARVIS image sensors ensures that your dashcam will capture critical details, whether you are driving your passengers or having the DR750S-2CH-IR monitor your vehicle while you are away.
Don't forget, the DR750S-2CH-IR is cloud-capable! Click here to learn more about BlackVue Over-the-Cloud.
BlackVue DR750S-2CH-IR Specs Uber Drivers Will Love:
DR750S-2CH-IR Sample Footage:
BlackVue's newest mid-level dual-lens dashcam, the DR590W-2CH-IR is a value-packed model from industry-leading dashcam manufacturer Pittasoft BlackVue. The DR590W-2CH-IR is a local-WiFi accessible, dual-lens (two-channel, for front-facing and interior-facing video) dashcam that records in Full HD 1080p resolution (from both front and inside lenses).
The DR590W-2CH is a more affordable alternative to the top-of-the-line DR750S-2CH-IR because it does not include "Over-the-Cloud" capabilities (you can still connect directly to the camera with your smartphone when in WiFi range), and GPS is optional rather than built-in. But, the most important feature for rideshare drivers is still there: full HD infrared night-vision interior recording.
DR590W-2CH-IR Sample Footage:
The new DR590W-2CH-IR's infrared interior camera provides clarity even in complete darkness. The infrared camera secures the interior of your vehicle. The inconspicuous infrared LEDs automatically activate based on the ambient light inside your vehicle. The camera’s spectacular clarity even in pitch black lighting conditions will procure peace of mind for taxi and rideshare/TNC drivers.
Our next runner up is a more simple and less pricey solution (starting at $199) than the top-of-the-line DR750S-2CH-IR (which starts at $399). The N2 Pro is an affordable 2-channel dashcam that is a good fit for any and every Uber or Lyft driver! With both the front-facing and inside-facing lenses built into one single unit, the N2 Pro simultaneously captures the road ahead of you and protects you and your passengers, all at a high resolution and an excellent price point. With infrared "night vision" LEDs on the inside-facing camera lens, the N2 Pro will still record the inside of your vehicle even in pitch black. The price is right, landing nicely between the high-end and feature-packed DR750S-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 respectable 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 bit less-discreet than the DR750S-2CH-IR or DR590W-2CH-IR systems, but still quite capable in terms of keeping you safe in both the daytime and during the night.
Vantrue N2 Pro Unboxing, Specs & Sample Footage:
So, we get asked quite a bit, "Why should I buy a dashcam bundle?". Well, the simplest answer is that it’s a one-stop, everything you need to protect yourself and the passengers who are trusting you to get them to their destinations, while you are out earning a living. We have selected several of our high quality dashcam systems and paired them with all the bits and pieces needed to install one of our best rideshare dashcams into your vehicle.
The best part about our bundle deals? You'll get more with your purchase and you'll keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
First up, the Thinkware F100 bundle:
Even though it’s one of the newest product lines in our catalog, the Thinkware F100 dashcam making an appearance on any Top 3 list should not be a surprise to anyone.
The Thinkware F100 provides the quality and dependability of Thinkware without expensive bells and whistles. Don't be fooled by the great price, the Thinkware F100 is still packed with features that make it a fantastic mid-level dashcam system. The sleek, slim design offers a Sony EXMOR sensor, along with a well-known Ambarella A12 chipset.
This dashcam is suitable for every day drivers, businesses, fleets and taxi/Uber/Lyft/TNC drivers as well, due to the numerous secondary camera configurations available, including the interior-facing infrared camera version which is included in this bundle.
The BlackVue "Cloud-Connected" ultimate dashcam bundle is now available for rideshare drivers! This DIY install kit contains everything you need to painlessly install a "complete coverage" (front, inside, and rear-facing) 3-channel BlackVue dashcam setup in your car, truck, or SUV, while also providing WiFi and cloud connectivity so you never lose any data and stay connected.
Why not just go with the DR750S-2CH-IR front and interior recording dashcam? You certainly could, and you would be well-covered when driving rideshare during the day and at night. The addition of the DR750S-1CH for the rear window of your vehicle simply adds another camera angle to your dashcam defense system. Since as many as 30% of all traffic accidents in the USA are rear-end collisions, having a clear rear-facing picture provides that extra level of defense for yourself and your loved ones.
Want front, inside, and rear coverage but don't need cloud connectivity or GPS built-in? The Essential bundle may be for you!
The BlackVue "Essential" dashcam bundle for rideshare drivers is now available! This DIY install kit contains everything you need to painlessly install a "complete coverage" (front, inside, and rear-facing) 3-channel BlackVue dashcam setup in your car, truck, or SUV, at an affordable price.
You could certainly just go with the DR590W-2CH-IR for great footage in front and inside the vehicle, during both day and night, but the additional 590W-1CH included in the bundle will provide you that much more coverage in you dascam defense system. Given that as many as 30% of all traffic accidents in the USA are rear-end collisions, having a clear rear-facing picture provides that extra level of defense for yourself and your loved ones.
And there you have it! Our top recommendations for the best dashcams and dashcam bundles for Uber/Lyft drivers and two runner-up options in each category.
Do you drive for Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare or passenger transportation company? Do you already have a dashcam? If so, which dashcam would you recommend to other drivers?
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