Samsara Dash Cams are designed to improve fleet safety, exonerate drivers, and lower accident-related costs. By default, the Samsara CM series Dash Cams record when the Vehicle Gateway (VG) detects that the vehicle is on a trip and continue to record for 10 minutes after a trip ends.
A trip is defined as traveling from a starting point to a stop or destination. A trip begins when your vehicle achieves a speed of at least 5mph and ends when the vehicle speed remains below 5mph for 5 minutes or when your vehicle crosses a state or national border.
By default, the dash cam uploads a still image to the cloud every two minutes. If enabled, users with explicit permissions can initiate live streams of road-facing and inward-facing video along with optional in-cab audio. To view or modify your dash cam settings and recording options, see Dash Camera Settings Overview.
Videos are uploaded and saved during the following circumstances:
Detection of a safety event as part of Safety Event Review in the Safety Inbox which includes:
Harsh events: Crash, Harsh Braking, Harsh Acceleration, and Harsh Turning events
AI detected events: Distracted Driving, Tailgating, Forward Collision Warning (beta), and Policy Violations (beta)
Other safety event detections: Rolling Stops
Video Retrieval: Users with Video Retrieval permissions can manually request historical video be uploaded and saved to the Samsara Cloud. The amount of historical footage that is available for retrieval varies by camera model and Camera Storage Capacity. If desired, you can adjust the default Dash Camera Settings to further extend total storage capacity in exchange for a decrease in video quality.
Live Streaming: Live Streaming footage is only uploaded and saved to the Samsara Cloud if you specifically request a clip using Video Retrieval.
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