Ring Car Cam Reviews: Car Security On Your Dashboard

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Man holding iPhone with Ring Car Cam app (caption: Ring Car Cam)Ring Security For Cars is the latest technology announced by Ring. One of the highlights of this security line is the Ring Car Cam. This security camera can help you protect your vehicle and keep a remote eye on it. Our experts have insight into what this product can do and give you specs before it hits the market.

Article Overview

What Is The Ring Car Cam?

Ring Security For CarThe Ring Car Cam is a security camera that will alert you and record video the moment it detects activity with your vehicle. Examples of what can be detected: a door opening, impacts, attempted break-ins, theft, and other events inside and outside your car. You’ll get alerts through the Ring app, where you can also review the camera footage.

How Does It Work?

The Ring Car Cam is wired and pulls energy from the car’s battery. It’s installed by plugging it into the On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) port. Sensors detect activity in and around your vehicle and trigger the camera to record. There are two cameras, one that faces out of the windshield and one that faces inside the car. The cameras can send video to the Ring cloud with a WiFi connection or a Ring connectivity plan.

If you don’t want a dashcam but still want to add a security feature to your car, Ring plans to release the Ring Car Alarm this year too.

Key Features

  • Dual-facing cameras
  • Built-in Alexa
  • Compatible with other Alexa-enabled devices
  • Traffic Stop feature*
  • Emergency Crash Assist feature*
  • Doesn’t require a subscription
  • Easy to install
  • Ability to disable the interior video and audio via a camera shutter if you want privacy when you’re in your car

*See FAQs below for more information.

Price

$199.99 (release date TBD)

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the new Ring Car Cam.

How Do I Install The Ring Car Cam?

Installation is easy. Once you plug the camera into the OBD-II port, you attach the camera to the windshield and the dashboard; then, you can tuck the wires away so you won’t see them.

Will I Have To Have A Subscription Or Monitoring Plan?

Though Ring offers a subscription plan, Ring Protect, for video recording and or professional monitoring, you won’t be required to have it with your Car Cam. However, some features will require a connectivity plan so you can connect via LTE (i.e. via your cellular phone) from anywhere. It appears there will be more information about connection plans when Ring releases the product.

Can Car Cam Track Down My Car?

The device owner and any shared users can determine the device’s location and share that with authorities if the device or the car it’s in is stolen.

Can I Use It With Any Car?

Since it’s compatible with most cars built after 1996, it should work with 99% of vehicles on the road today.

How Does The Built-In Alexa Work?

The built-in Alexa allows you to use voice commands with this device. It’s also compatible with other Alexa enabled devices you have so that these devices can notify you when the car cam detects activity.

What’s The Traffic Stop Feature?

This feature allows you to record video and audio when you get pulled over. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, I’m getting pulled over,” and the recording will begin automatically.

How Does Emergency Crash Assist Work?

If a crash occurs with a Car Cam-protected vehicle, a Ring service agent will attempt to reach the driver. If the driver asks for assistance or can’t respond, the agent will notify first responders with location information.

Car Theft Is On The Rise

Car theft in the U.S. rose by an alarming 9.2% in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of declines in auto theft, according to a preliminary analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.1

Ring Alarm System, Doorbell And Indoor Cameras

With lots of great features and a dual-facing camera, the Ring Car Cam is a highly anticipated new car security product. But Ring can do more than protect your car. Ring has various home security products that may be just what you need to protect your home and family. Our experts review the Ring Alarm home security system, Ring doorbells, and Ring indoor cameras to help you decide if they might be right for you.

Are you excited about the release of the new Ring Car Cam?

Sources: [1] NICB

About The Author:

Julie has been writing professionally since 2012. She is an active volunteer for a local arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. Everytown does comprehensive research on gun violence and makes recommendations on how we can all make our communities safer. Her involvement with this organization has given her invaluable information about how to keep our kids safe.

She enjoys writing not only about gun safety, but from family-related content to informative articles about technology, events and healthcare. In her free time, you might find her hiking, trail running, biking or swimming. You might also find her in the kitchen where she loves to cook and bake.

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