Amazon has released a new dashcam gadget that allows drivers to record police stops by simply saying, “Alexa, I’m getting pulled over,” the company announced on Thursday.
Using the command, the Ring car cam tapes audio and video of the interactions then automatically uploads them to the user’s cloud, the firm said in a blog post revealing the product.
“Traffic stops can be a time when having video is important, so that everyone remains on their best behaviour,” Ring’s head of mobile products, Nathan Ackerman, told CNET. “So, we developed a feature to support that.”
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Once it has been voice-activated, the “traffic stop” feature communicates that it’s recording and offers a list of driver-logged emergency contacts.
The device also monitors car break-ins and sends real-time alerts to owners.
“With its dual-facing HD cameras, you can see a live view and check in on what’s happening in and around the vehicle from anywhere over Wi-Fi or LTE,” the company said.
The gadget, which costs $US200 ($A285), also features an “emergency crash assist” tool that automatically requests help from first responders after a serious accident.
Last year, Ring, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, partnered with police to create a map showing where its popular doorbell cameras were installed.
This article was published by the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.