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Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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When do they install the big brother driver facing cameras?

Errol V.'s Comment
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When do they install the big brother driver facing cameras?

It's a process. They're coming around to a terminal near you, some time.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Jordan's Comment
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So how are the facing cameras supposed to work? Would there be a camera in the bed were you sleep to? Also is it true that swift does not let you use a camera while driving? I read up that many drivers still do this because if someone hits you could prove that if was there fault.

Errol V.'s Comment
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So how are the facing cameras supposed to work? Would there be a camera in the bed were you sleep to? Also is it true that swift does not let you use a camera while driving? I read up that many drivers still do this because if someone hits you could prove that if was there fault.

{I don't have a camera yet, despite my TT Avatar.} The camera is stuck to the windshield area, and looks back into the cab, as well as the camera out the front. It's always Recording, but when an Event is triggered will only save the last ten seconds, plus ten seconds more. Yes, some drivers have gone apesh*t about it, but cameras are the way for the future. The camera on the windshield may see back to the sleeper, but draw the curtain and you get your privacy. It's official: you may also cover the camera like with a hat if no one is driving.

No, there's no direct link to HQ, no there is no bulk uploading of video. Swift isn't going to take the time or money to watch your every move - they just want to see what's going on just before and after an incident.

Using your own dash cam? I figure, don't ask.

Jordan's Comment
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How often is it that you get days when you have no load to run and just have a day to kill? What are some of the things that a driver can do for entertainment? Would it be possible to get satellite TV in the truck or do you have to own the truck to able to put that in?

Phox's Comment
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I heard the swift cameras are only triggered by certain events, such as swerving, hard braking, a crash, etc.

What I can't figure out is how does a camera record 100% of the time but only save 10 sec before and after. Wouldn't the memory be full after a certain amount of always recording, at that point how does it keep recording, there would have to be a time when it can't record because it has to delete old data. While it would cost more I would think it would make better sense for them to invest in a system that can record to a hard drive because then they could have more video saved, then have it set so when the driver goes off duty if nothing has happened to erase the video already recorded. it would then only need to do 14 hours max (I think I understand that correctly, 11 hours driving 14 hours on duty, then 10 in the back) and during the 10 hours of sleep time it could not be recording and have non needed footage erased. I know this is technologically possible, it's just a matter of them investing the money into it. If you're going to do something you may as well do it the efficient way.

I honestly don't care if someone records my driving... heck they can record my sleeping too... I don't do anything against the rules or illegal so I have nothing to hide... if they want to watch footage of me sleeping or staring at the road... fine... whatever entertains them. I understand it's the whole invasion of privacy thing but for me I have never found that a big deal, but that's just me, I respect that others value their privacy like it's gold.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The camera records all the time, but writes over its memory, so only 10 seconds are 'written down".* When there's that event, the already recorded 10 seconds plus the next ten seconds are saved.

That way you get the ten seconds up to the Event (where the dude in the pickup tried to cut across your lane left to right), then after your hard braking, you still clipped his left rear tail light. The video will show the dude was in the wrong, and nothing you could have done would avoid the accident. (Hey TT's DUDE - sorry, this is here is a generic dude!)

* Think of running a rubber band between two fingers - over and over and over.

Jordan's Comment
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What is the best kind of CB radio to get and why? Is it true that almost all the time people are talking **** on the CB radio? If so is this just of the truckers life to do that?

Errol V.'s Comment
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What is the best kind of CB radio to get and why? Is it true that almost all the time people are talking **** on the CB radio? If so is this just of the truckers life to do that?

Can't say anything about the CB radio unit. My mentor had a CB on most of the time. While it's good to know why your lane is stalled for 30 minutes, most of the time you hear that **** you mentioned. For the most part, I don't need to listen to that low-life junk. So getting a CB is way low on my priority list.

Jordan's Comment
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I have been doing some more reading about swift how serious are they with the notarized letter of unemployment? If I have been unemployed for some time would that be a problem?

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