Questions About Driver-Facing Cameras +some XPO Stuff

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Lyght's Comment
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I passed my permit test today (yay me!) and I'll be in contact with XPO Logistics hopefully with in the next few days (tomorrow is a holiday then its the weekend so it might have to wait until Monday), to start training with them. I heard that company uses Driver-Facing Cameras. How awkward is it driving with one of those watching you? It seems like it'll make someone even more nervous and likely to make mistakes, at least a new driver. Do you ever get to the point you almost just forget its there? Its pointing at your face I'm guessing (hints the name) does it at all block your view? I was also reading something on the trucker report and they seemed pretty harsh on the company can anyone tell me if its a good company or not? I would really hate for the one I start off in, and sign a year commitment to to be a bad company to work for.


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Parrothead66's Comment
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Don't really have much information about XPO but the cameras are no problem. Usually mounted out of the way and hardly noticed

Errol V.'s Comment
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The camera is bolted on the dash or to just above the center of the windshield. It will have a green light, meaning "on". If the light turns red, it's probably recording.

Certain events cause a recording, like sudden stops, high-g turns/swerves, etc. I had a camera that recorded after two buzz strip warnings. I tried to have weird music playing - opera or some dry scientific debate, or Cajun zydeco with a French speaking DJ if I was in Louisiana.

You get used to it. For super debates on Trucking Truth, do a search on "dash camera".

Rick S.'s Comment
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As Errol mentioned - there have been some raging debates on the subject.

There in the trucks for many companies, and they're here to stay it seems.

Wouldn't be overly concerned, as long as you're following company rules on mobile device usage, etc. The cameras will either save your butt in an incident (they do have road facing ones too) or sink it, if you're being negligent. They're for your protection as much as the company (well, maybe more for the company).

Without getting into the "big brother" aspects of the debates - drivers tend to be more conscious about being safe and following the rules, when they know they're being watched.

It's one of the newer technological realities of trucking, and you can't fight city hall...



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