What is parking mode?

 

Parking Mode, as the name implies, monitors your vehicle after your car is parked. Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere and video evidence has become even more crucial when the driver is away. There are different types of parking modes on the market: motion detection, time-lapse and accident detection. So today, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of each type to help you decide which option of parking mode is right for your needs. 

 

Motion Detection: The dash cam will automatically start recording when motion is detected. 

Pros: 

It will record any suspicious behavior near your vehicle.

Cons: 

Can save unnecessary footage

May drain the battery faster.

 

Timelapse: Instead of taking 30 frames per second, timelapse only takes 1 frame, 3 frames or 5 frames per second. It will turn hours of parking videos into a few minutes which is perfect to give you a brief idea of what has happened during the time you are away. You may adjust the framerate in the settings. 

Pros: 

Saves time and space

Cons: 

It may miss vital information if an accident happens when parking

 

Impact Detection: also known as accident detection, is triggered by impacts. If an external force is detected, for example, someone hits your car while parking, the G-sensor will trigger the dash cam to automatically start recording and store the video evidence in a separate file for further review.

Pro: 

Easier to locate the accident file.

Cons: 

May also be triggered if you are driving through bumpy roads. 

 

Given the advantages of the different types of parking mode, Acumen has decided to deploy impact detection combined with time-lapse to deliver the best surveillance solution. After turning on both features, the dash cam will turn into time-lapse recording once the car is off, and will fully wake up and record in 30FPS if an impact is detected. This way, you will be able to review what has happened during the time period while you are gone. (Tip: This can also be used to record lighting change during the day if you are a photography enthusiast.) This can make it easier for you to locate the crucial video evidence if your car is damaged while parking. 

 

Note: Before turning on the parking mode setting, please make sure to hardwire your dash cam to your vehicle. 

 

Most dash cams will automatically power off once the key is no longer in the ignition. You can’t simply connect the driving recorder to the cigarette lighter interface and expect the driving recorder to continue to operate. So if you would like to use the parking mode while your vehicle’s power is off, you have to hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle’s battery. In order to do that, you will have to purchase a hardwiring kit and connect it to your vehicle’s fuse box. Professional installation is highly recommended as the installation method varies from vehicle to vehicle. By hardwiring your dash cam to the vehicle’s battery, your dash cam will be able to maintain a constant power even while the car is powered off and thus can provide 24/7 surveillance for your vehicle.

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