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Default Re: Driven: Lexus ES 300h

Seeing increase in road rage incidents in NCR and next to no traffic sense, i wanted to make myself feel a little secure and decided to procure a dashcam. I already had Transcend Drivepro 100 dashcam purchased 3 years back, but it was powered through Li-ion battery. There is always a risk with battery powered dashcam especially with the heat we face here.

Requirements:
1. Capacitor powered
2. Dual channel
3. Wi-Fi feature for ease of data access.

After researching a lot on Team-BHP and dashcam forums, i placed order for Viofo-A129 Duo on Aliexpress. It had all the features i needed and was quite VFM. The package arrived in a little over a month as it was retained by Customs for some reason. Thankfully, i was not charged any duty.

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Install:
I was pretty clear that i don't want to risk my warranty with hardwire install. ES has 4 USB ports plus an additional power outlet in the central console. I decided to plug-in USB adapter that came with the dashcam inside the center console. That way i didn't need to fiddle with it daily, and it'll be quite discreet too.

Driven: Lexus ES 300h-img_7344.jpg
There was sufficient gap between the armrest and center console trim for the wire to pass through.
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I installed the power cable first from the IRVM, passing through A-pillar trim. I made sure that the cable should not hinder inflation of side airbag, incase of an unfortunate incident. I wish it never comes to that.

For this, i routed the cable from behind the airbag.

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Then from behind driver side dashboard trim to the under the driver side seat from the door sills.

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As it's dual channel dashcam, i also needed to run a wire from front dashcam all the way to the back, i removed B pillar trim, and routed the wire alonside power cable all the way to the back seat, beneath the trims.

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Installed front dashcam behind IRVM and rear dashcam on the extreme right side as it was hindering operation of powered sunshade.


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