Black Box captures video, force impact data

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Lexidine says its in-cab digital streaming video recording device, The Black Box, ncorporates a digital signal processor and an “accutrac” three-axis acceleration sensor. The device’s image processing algorithm enables the system to automatically capture and store streaming images, and register vehicle force impact data to capture accident-related events for later use.

In case of any collision or sudden stop due to surrounding driving conditions, “auto capture” covers 14 seconds prior and six seconds after the impact or sudden movement; it also comes with a manual record button so that users can record additional video if necessary, according to the company. The Black Box can store up to 10 20-second frames before being overridden by recent recordings; those recorded images and vehicle data can be downloaded via a built-in USB port to any computer with Windows 2000 or XP to be analyzed by the simulation program included with the device.

Installation of the Black Box is simple, Lexidine says. The lens is mounted behind the rear-view mirror using an adhesive that is included with the product, and is positioned facing forward; and the power cable is connected to the cigarette lighter. The compact, lightweight device can be detached from mounting and carried in the user’s pocket.

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