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Raspberry Pi Dashcam Installation Setup

Installing a dashcam to your vehicle has never been easier and we have a definitive guide for you to assist you with the process. Follow this simple step-by-step guide to install the dash cam to your vehicle. 


Many of you have asked us to write a detailed guide on how to install a Dash Cam on your AutoPi. So here we are. We have an easy guide and detailed instructions on how to install a camera on your AutoPi.


You most likely haven’t found an easier installation, as you just simply need to connect the usb camera to your AutoPi dongle. There is no need for you to struggle with connecting it to the fuse box of the vehicle. 


Having a dash cam in your vehicle brings you lots of benefits and can literally save or prevent any unpleasant situations. We have already written about this video evidence recording feature of AutoPi previously. 


If you want to read more about exact technical specifications, we have written an additional guide. The additional guide will show you how to attach an external USB camera (dash cam) to your AutoPi with the MotionEye software. You can find the guide here


Do you want to upgrade it and have a touch screen car computer? Then check out another article from us on how to build a Raspberry Pi car computer touch screen


The best dash cams offer security and protection for you and your vehicle. Dash cams come in different varieties, based on its price and features. There are literally hundreds of different types of dash cams that can help you and bring a real value to your vehicle.


In addition to the AutoPi Telematics Unit, we provide businesses with customizable solutions, in order to improve their operations. These solutions can be controlled through the AutoPi cloud management platform



An illustration of a dash cam installation in a vehicle



Connecting the dash cam to your AutoPi will give you lots of additional benefits and possibilities. Therefore, there is no need to buy one of the most expensive cameras out there, as AutoPi can actually do the same and even more than the most advanced dash cams on the market. 


Let’s take a look at an example. Some of the most advanced dash cams offer driver assistance, emergency systems and more. Imagine you are drifting out of your lane or even get into an accident. 


The dash camera can alert you of your driving and even call the emergency services and provide them with your current GPS location in case of an accident. Pretty cool right? With the AutoPi, you can do the same. Actually, even more than that. But, we will get to that later in the article. 


Firstly, we would like to start by showing you how to install a Dash Cam to your AutoPi. The first and most convenient option for you is to simply purchase an usb camera and mount it to the AutoPi.



Choose The Right Dash Cam

Usually, it is recommended to use a specific type or model to use. However, you can basically use any dash cam that can be connected to AutoPi via micro usb, as long as it is compatible with Raspberry Pi


If you want to search for cameras yourself, we recommend trying to search for best dashcams, usb cameras or in-car cameras to see different comparisons and opinions on the best dash cams on the market. 



Supplies

You will need to get several supplies, in order to complete this task. But, don’t worry. We will help you with that. 


Here is what you need:

  • AutoPi dongle (find it here)

  • A dash cam (You can use any dashcam/webcam compatible with Raspberry Pi)

  • Maybe additional micro usb cable if not included in the box (find it here

  • Set up your AutoPi dongle with the camera (find the guide here)

  • Velcostrips to mount your AutoPi (find it here)

  • Extension cable to mount your AutoPi (find it here)


supplies needed to install your own dash cam


If you found the recommended Garmin camera above to be too expensive, then you can purchase a much cheaper version, something like Toguard mini dash cam. Find it here


Web cameras to connect

We have also researched, which cameras are compatible with Raspberry Pi and we have a list below. However, most of them are classic web cameras, which might be more difficult for you to mount in the vehicle and won't support HD or 4k quality.


    - Logitech HD Webcam C525 (find it here)

    - Sony PlayStation Eye Camera (find it here

    - GE 98067 Mini Cam Pro (find it here)


The huge advantage is that you can basically connect any usb camera (dash cam) to AutoPi and there is no need of connecting it to the fuse box in the vehicle. However, it needs to be compatible with Raspberry Pi. Therefore, we recommend to make sure the camera is compatible with Raspberry Pi before purchasing it. 


The AutoPi Telematics Unit (AutoPi dongle) can be connected to the vehicle through OBD2 port. Find out more about AutoPi and how it works on our home page. 


How To Install a Dashcam

Connecting a Dashcam or basically any usb camera to your AutoPi is extremely easy. You might find videos, where they have to connect cables to the fuse box. 


You do not need to worry about that with AutoPi. Simply connect your dash cam to the AutoPi 


We assume you already have a camera and all accessories ready. 


Follow the steps below to connect your dash cam to the AutoPi Telematics Unit:


  1. Mount the camera holder (mount) to your dashboard or specific area you want to place your camera
  2. Set up wiring - depends if you want to have a dash cam on the top of your front window or bottom (bottom usually requires less wiring)
  3. Connect the cables to your camera and place it on the location
  4. Connect the other half of the cables to the AutoPi dongle and plug it into the vehicle
  5. Enjoy!

An illustration of how to connect a dash cam to the autopi


Yes. it’s that easy. However, a couple of complications might occur, depending on the type of your camera and your vehicle. 


Our Web Camera Setup

For the purpose of making this guide even more informative and provide you with all the information, we have also tried one of our in-house web cameras.


We have easily mounted the web camera on top of the dashboard (see the picture). Then we connected the web camera with AutoPi device and plugged in the device to the OBD2 port of the vehicle. 


See the web camera setup below.


an illustration of our web camera setup in a car


However, you will need to set up your dash cam with the AutoPi dongle, as we already mentioned before. In case, you missed it, it can be found here


AutoPi dashboard 

Here are the actual screenshots of AutoPi dashboard. You can easily set it up based on your preferences. 



dashboard

Motion Detection

Video Device

File Storage

Movies

Working Schedule

Still Images

Motion notifications


We recommend watching these two videos below that easily showcase how to install and hide your dash cam wires. See the videos below.


How to install a dash cam 

- Hide your camera’s wires



We hope you found the article insightful and you were able to install your dash cam, as well as connect it to the AutoPi. If not, do not hesitate to contact us on support@autopi.io 


In case, you are missing some information or want to see a detailed guide on how to install a dash cam with AutoPi, check out the detailed guide here

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