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Drivers call for standard-fit dashcams

Dashcam technology is continuing to gain traction with drivers, according to new research that finds a third (32%) of drivers think they should come as standard in all new cars.

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A third of drivers think dashcams should be standard-fit in new cars

The research, carried out by GoCompare Car Insurance, also found a quarter (25%) of drivers think dashcams should be compulsory in cars while around nearly half (48%) of respondents said they would be happy to have a dash cam installed in their car.

However, a minority (8%) said they wouldn’t want one; main reasons being that they would feel like they were being watched by ‘Big Brother’ insurers (44%) and that the camera would be an invasion of their privacy (39%). Other concerns included the potential distraction of a video camera while they are driving (30%); nearly a fifth (18%) thought using a dash cam was too much hassle; while 7% were worried the camera would evidence their bad driving.

The survey follows recent research by the AA that found a fifth (20%) of drivers now use dashcams, up from 1% five years ago. Meanwhile of those drivers who don’t currently have a dashcam, 51% said they were thinking about it.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.