A rideshare driver myself, I know how valuable a dash cam can be. Uber and Lyft drivers deal with all kinds of issues while on the road, whether it be the occasional unruly passenger, having to deal with false or incorrect claims, or worst of all, accidents. Dash cams for rideshare are a necessity.
While the vast majority of your trips as an Uber or Lyft driver will be uneventful, it is inevitable that you’ll run into an issue sooner or later. And rideshare drivers aren’t the only ones that should install dash cams: taxi drivers and food delivery drivers are also on the road a lot, making dash cams a wise investment.
But you can’t just look at a list of the best dash cams. Most dash cams only record video from front-facing dash cams, and if a rear camera is included, it’s intended to be placed on your rear windshield. You need an interior-facing camera, and more importantly, night vision. Those rear cameras don’t have that.
To help you pick the best Uber dash cam, we’ve taken the time to look through some of the best-selling dash cameras for the features you need. We have direct experience with several of these models and have included sample footage for you to review (including one of an accident where the video resulted in a $7,000 settlement with the driver’s insurance company!).
Uber and Lyft Dash Cam policies
Both Uber and Lyft permit drivers to use dash cams during trips, but both require drivers to have the camera in a noticeable position to the rider. Uber goes further and requests drivers register their dashcams, which it says will be used in the event of an incident or accident to help verify the claim. Riders will also see a notice that a dash cam is in use.
Some drivers also place dash cam warning stickers on their cars to ensure passengers know they’re being recorded. Check with your local dash cam laws as well: there may be additional steps you need to take.
Passengers can refuse to be recorded, however, both Uber and Lyft allow drivers to cancel rides for safety reasons if they don’t feel comfortable making the trip without the dash cam on. If you cancel for safety reasons, it does not count against your cancellation rate.
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Must-have Uber Dash Cam Features
Lyft and Uber drivers should look for the following “must-have” features in a dash cam before making a purchase:
- Parking mode and auto event detection. You won’t always be in the car. Select a camera with motion detection, which will allow it to capture video when it detects motion or senses that an accident occurred. Both features use the same internal accelerometer, so if your dash cam has one of these features, it likely can do the other.
- High-quality video. Camera sensors have gotten so good that there is no reason you should settle for anything less than 1080p full HD video. You may need to read the license plate or see identifiable information or people in this video, so the dash cam needs to have excellent video quality
- An interior-facing dash cam with high-quality infrared night vision sensors. You’ll need to be able to see clearly inside the car even in complete darkness. Some night vision options on dash cams are low-quality, and may only clearly show those in the front seats.
- High-quality audio recording capabilities. Sometimes the audio is just as important as the recorded video. Cheap dash cams often suffer from poor audio quality, but even some more expensive dashboard cameras have disappointing audio quality, too.
Should I buy a 4K dash cam?
We honestly don’t find much of a need for dashcams that record over 1080p. You can save quite a bit of money by opting for a 1080p dash cam instead. All our dash cams have been 1080p, and the video quality is excellent.
The Best Dash Cams for Rideshare
As we said previously, to use a dash cam for Uber or Lyft, you’ll need an interior camera. All our options below will have this feature. Some of our recommendations below include functionality beyond the “must haves” we listed above, including built-in GPS, a rear camera, the capability to automatically start recording when a drive begins, and cloud storage.
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- Outstanding Night vision capability
- Dual 1080p video cameras
- Crystal clear video
- 18-month warranty
- No app or connectivity
- Cumbersome controls
We have a lot of experience with the
The night vision functionality is what really stands out here. We’re very impressed with the clarity, even in extremely low-light situations. Both the front and rear cameras record in 1080p, which is not very common, and that’s probably the reason with the N2 Pro scores high in our tests.
If you’re curious, here’s the video of those two accidents — just warning you both are quite violent (I’m very lucky!)
The one thing I didn’t like about the
While the N2 Pro might be the best dash cam for us, I could see why others might consider the Nexar Pro GPS better. It’s cheaper, and also includes some additional functionality that the N2 Pro lacks. All Nexar cams use your phone to store video, although they do include 32GB of internal memory for when it cannot connect your phone.
Another nice feature is automatic crash reports that can be sent by email to your insurance company. With the N2 Pro, you can find this data, but it’s not in an easily digestible format like Nexar does. However, the cabin camera only records at 720p, and while clear, it isn’t as crisp as the N2 Pro. The 10 infrared lights on the Nexar Pro GPS for night vision do help make up for the lack of crispness, though
We’ve also noticed dropouts on occasion in recorded video. We think this is due to memory on the phone being maxed out when you use it while it’s recording for next — so the video skips. It’s not a deal breaker, and you shouldn’t be using your phone while driving anyway!
The Pruveeo C2 dash cam is one of our lesser-known brand names on this list but is frequently mentioned as a contender thanks to 1080p HD quality video on both the front and interior cam for under $100. The cameras are also flippable, allowing you move them 180 degrees front and back, and up to 50 degrees to either the right or left.
A large 2.7-inch screen allows you to review video easily, with navigation buttons to the left and the right of the screen. Owners report that it’s overall very easy to use and the video quality, while not anywhere as vivid as our two top options, is more than enough to capture clear and useable video. The Pruveeo C2 dash cam is also able to automatically detect events, and lock them so they aren’t overwritten.
One major drawback is the size of the device. At nearly five inches long, it may be larger than your state’s dash cam laws allow.
Garmin is better know for their GPS devices, but the company has been making dash cams for the better part of a decade now. The Garmin Dash Cam Tandem is the best dash cam for Uber drivers out of the entire lineup.
Unique to the Tandem is the camera setup, both the front camera and the rear camera have a field of view of 180 degrees, essentially giving you a complete look of what’s happening around you. Most other dual dash cams have a blind spot to their left and right, so if something happens there you won’t see it. Built-in GPS and parking mode are also included.
The front camera records in 1440p, while the rear camera records in 720p. You can also synchronize other Garmin dash cams through the app, allowing you to place cameras on your vehicle wherever you want. The only negative here is the price — but it’s one of the smallest dual dash cams on the market right now.
The bottom line is, if you’re planning to become a delivery or rideshare driver, you really should consider a dash cam. The video evidence they offer may help you. Unfortunately, not all passengers are honest, and being on the road so much increases your chances of being in a car accident. An Uber dash cam can give you peace of mind that you have a video recording to back you up when you need it.
If you have any questions on which dash cam to buy, or you own a dash cam on this list, we’d love to hear from you. Lets us know your experiences in the comments.