The Best Use for Old Smartphone: Use it as a Car Cam. Here’s How

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If you still don’t have an in-car camera, you need to view this video.

What if the taxi driver has got no in-car camera? Most likely, he’ll have to pay for the damages, because to every insurance agency, the logic is simple: your bonnet is damaged means you’re at fault.

Now that you know the importance of in-car cameras (a little too late, but better late than never), and before you rush over to Challenger to buy the latest in-car camera, hold your horses: you could actually use one of your old smartphones as an in-car camera.

With most of our phones coming with camera (which, sometimes, is even clearer than those in-car cameras), and with many of us having unused old phones lying in our house because they’ll only fetch a ridiculously low price in the second-hand market, you can apparently transform your old phone to an in-car camera.

And the best part of this deal? You can even turn it into a stand-alone GPS if you’re going to somewhere unfamiliar.

You simply need to buy a car mount that is available practically everywhere—after that, download one of your favourite dash cam apps. Here’s what most of us might not be aware of: there’re many of these apps on the app store for free.

For example, Google Play Store has this app, Car DVR & GPS navigator. Not only does it allow you to record footages of reckless drivers, you can even use its GPS navigator (though I would suggest just using Google Maps because it’s the best so far).

But of course, if you’re looking to lower your motor insurance premiums by having an in-car camera, this DIY camera might not qualify for the discount. At least it’ll help to protect your NCD when shit hits the fan.