By Matthew Raskin on November 7, 2008
Stopping your car because you’ve witnessed an accident is a good deed, but who’s to say you’ll have a witness when you get hit? A Japan-based company called Paparazzi has created a device that will always be your witness, sort of.
This windshield-mountable, card-deck sized box comes equipped with a video camera to record and save 20 second timeframes around your accident. The 20-second record period is determined by either a physical switch or by sudden braking of your vehicle. Every time the brakes are slammed, the device saves the previous 12 seconds and the next 8 seconds, giving you 20 seconds of crucial evidence for conflicting recollections, all recorded on an inexpensive SD memory card.
While this may sound like a great concept, we feel this isn’t anywhere near what a “black box” for your car should be. On Paparazzi’s own website it outlines a number of warnings that make us very skeptical of the $349.99 device. Check them out below.
With all of these things possibly going wrong, this device isn’t what we’re looking for yet. Perhaps someday it will be a bit better-developed, but until then we’ll stick with the eye-witness method when it comes to crashing your car.