AutoGuard Blackbox turns your Android device into a dash cam

Martin Brinkmann
May 2, 2013
Updated • May 22, 2018
Apps, Google Android

If you have ever been in an accident you probably know that it is sometimes difficult for the police to find out what really happened. It is often word against word, and while evidence may sometimes be found by analyzing the road or the vehicles involved, it sometimes may be inconclusive.

That's where the AutoGuard Blackbox application for Android comes into play. The app has been designed to record all kinds of data while you are driving your car. The app records a video non-stop while you are driving which you can use to prove what really happened if it did catch the incident on camera.

Just attach your phone to your dash and either start it up manually every time you start to use your car, or automatically when you connect it to a car dock or via Bluetooth.

You assign storage space for the videos during setup, and the app will take care of the rest from that moment on. Videos will be saved automatically to the device, with the oldest ones being deleted automatically to make room for new videos.

A wizard is displayed on first start that walks you through the apps' initial configuration. Here you can define whether you want information to be recorded in miles per hour or kilometers per hour and other settings like the maximum storage size or the emergency phone number.

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The main interface displays all relevant options on the front. The start and snap icons on top lead to the two components of the application that you can use actively. The camera picture is displayed right here so that you can easily adjust the device for the best view of what is going on in front of your vehicle. The app uses GPS and other features of the phone - if enabled - to record more than just the video. This includes the speed and acceleration of the car, as well as latitude and altitude.

Photo snapshots can be taken manually or automatically as well. The recorded videos support HD resolutions of up to 1080p. Some users reported that the 1080p recording is broken in the latest version of the app so make sure you test the recording first before you use it on the road.

You can watch videos or browse photos that have been recorded or taken at any time using the application. It supports a couple of extra features, like uploading the videos to YouTube, sending recording information to an email address or tracing a trip on Google Maps.

You may want to browse the apps' settings before you start using it. Here you can set a desired recording quality, the impact sensitivity, whether you want to record audio next to video, and the auto-stop and start features.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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