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Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo – Dual-View Dash Cam w/ Alert System

If your job involves driving a vehicle or even if simply spend a lot of time on the road, then a dash cam is undoubtedly one of the best devices that you can get for your vehicle. Dashboard cameras (or simply dash cams) are car security gadgets which are mounted on the front or rear of your vehicle (usually the dashboard, or alternatively the rear windscreen) and work as digital video recorders that continuously record video evidence of every situation that occurs while you’re on the road. That video footage can then be used as evidence to prove your innocence in the event of any potential road accident. Therefore, purchasing a dash cam is actually a great investment, as these devices can ultimately help you prevent false accusations and consequently save you from having to pay damage and insurance fees of potential hit-and-runs or vehicle accidents by proving your innocence in those occurrences with their recorded video footage. So, if you’re looking for a dash cam system that’s reliable and easy-to-use, then consider going with the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo.

The Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo is a dual-view dashboard cam system that features a front-view camera and a rear-view modular pivoting camera which record video footage in 1080p FHD resolution in a 156º Wide-Angle FOV and that also boast a Night Vision function, all while also integrating a high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen, support to gesture controls, an included memory card that offers up to 18 hours of video storage, a proprietary Drivesmart Alert System which automatically alerts you during potential danger situations, a Parking Mode that’s automatically enabled, and a G-Sensor Collision Detection function that helps to protect video footage during collisions.

By combining two high-end dashboard pivoting cameras, this dual-view dashboard cam system is extremely effective at keeping you safe on the road, while also protecting you from potential false accident claims, questionable moving violations, and unexpected road hazards.

Now, let’s have a more detailed look at the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo, go over each of its components, and check out the many functionalities that it has to offer you.

DESIGN & SPECS

Starting with the system’s camera sizes, both the Road Patrol Touch Duo’s front-view camera and rear-view modular pivoting camera come at a reasonably compact size, which makes them fairly easy to install either at the front-side of your vehicle and/or at rear-side of your vehicle (including either on your vehicle’s dashboard, front windscreen, behind the headrest of either front seat or at the rear windscreen).

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo
The system’s front-view (primary) camera

Note that the system’s front-view camera (the primary camera) is slightly larger than the system’s rear-view pivoting camera (the secondary camera).

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo
The system’s rear-view (secondary) camera

Both of the system’s camera units also feature a modern design and a durable construction, and the same also goes for the system’s high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen.

The system’s front-view and rear-view cameras are each individually powered by a Sony IMX Image Sensor, which allows both camera units to record video footage in a 1080p Full HD resolution, which is recorded in a 156º Wide-Angle FOV.

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo

Since the system’s rear-view modular pivoting camera can be swiveled within a 360º angle, users are ultimately able to have the system record its 1080p FHD video footage in any possible angle by installing the system’s rear-view camera anywhere within their vehicle.

Both camera units also boast a Night Vision function, meaning the system can record its video footage on a 24-hour basis, no matter if it’s daytime or nighttime.

It’s also important to note that the Road Patrol Touch Duo’s front-view and rear-view camera units are directly connected to each other via a 16 ft. power cable, and the front-view camera is also directly connected to the system’s high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen via a shorter power cable.

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo

The system’s 3-inch OLED touchscreen is powered via a Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger that’s directly connected to your car’s lighter port.

SETUP / INSTALLATION & INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

When it comes to setting up this dual-view dashboard cam system inside your vehicle, know that the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo’s kit includes multiple mounting accessories that make the whole system’s installation fairly easy and very straightforward.

The system’s front-view camera unit (the primary camera) is mounted onto your front windscreen via an adjustable arm mount that will stay permanently mounted with the use of a 3M permanent adhesive sticker.

As mentioned earlier, thanks to the 360º swivel offered by the system’s system’s rear-view pivoting camera, users can have the system record its 1080p FHD video footage in any angle they wish.

Note that the system’s rear-view modular pivoting camera can be mounted in a few different ways, with each of those methods requiring a different mounting accessory.

By utilizing the kit’s air vent suction mount, users can easily mount the system’s rear-view pivoting camera onto their vehicle’s rear windscreen.

Alternatively, they can also have the rear-view pivoting camera mounted onto the bottom-side of the system’s high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen via a dedicated power port.

Finally, as a third and final option, users can also have the system’s rear-view pivoting camera installed behind the headrest of either front seat via the use of an elastic band and an electric-powered belt-clip camera mount.

INTERFACE / CONTROL PANEL

For the system’s dedicated control panel, the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo is fully controlled via a high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen, which displays live video footage in 1080 Full HD resolution (and can also re-play previously recorded video footage) that’s recorded by both the system’s front-view camera and rear-view camera units.

The system’s 3-inch OLED touchscreen features a fairly large digital User Interface, allowing for an easy and comfortable menu navigation while driving.

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo
Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo’s 3-inch OLED touchscreen

Best of all, the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo also integrates support to Gesture Controls, which ultimately ensures that users are able to have a safe and distraction-free driving at all times, especially for times when they aren’t able to reach the system’s 3-inch OLED touchscreen (such as when driving on a road with several curves, for example).

For saving the recorded 1080p Full HD video footage, the system’s 3-inch OLED touchscreen comes together with an included memory card which offers you up to 18 hours of video storage.

OTHER NOTABLE SMART FEATURES

Drivesmart Alert System

This dual-view dashboard cam system also features a proprietary Drivesmart Alert System which automatically alerts you during potential danger situations, such as when your car starts steering away from its lane as well as whenever your car comes within collision range of any approaching vehicle(s).

Automatic Parking Mode

The Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo also boasts a Parking Mode that’s automatically enabled, allowing the system to automatically start recording if your car happens to be struck (i.e. crashed into) while parked.

G-Sensor Collision Detection

Finally, the system also integrates a G-Sensor Collision Detection function that detects accidents and also helps to protect all of its recorded video footage from getting overwritten during collisions.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside the kit’s package, users will find: the system’s front-view camera and rear-view modular pivoting camera, along with its 3-inch OLED touchscreen, an adjustable arm mount and a 3M permanent adhesive sticker (for the front-view camera unit), an air vent suction mount as well as an elastic band and an electric-powered belt-clip camera mount (for the rear-view camera unit), the system’s dedicated Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger, along with a USB-C high-speed charging cable, a wireless charging base, the system’s User Manual, and a warranty card.

Box Contents

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo is a dual-view dashboard cam system that features a front-view camera and a rear-view modular pivoting camera which record video footage in 1080p FHD resolution in a 156º Wide-Angle FOV and that also boast a Night Vision function, all while also integrating a high-resolution 3-inch OLED touchscreen, support to gesture controls, an included memory card that offers up to 18 hours of video storage, a proprietary Drivesmart Alert System which automatically alerts you during potential danger situations, a Parking Mode that’s automatically enabled, and a G-Sensor Collision Detection function that helps to protect video footage during collisions.

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo
Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo

With this dual-view dashboard cam system you can easily protect and ultimately guarantee your side of the story at all times while you’re on the road. The whole kit is fairly easy to set up in your vehicle, very easy and intuitive to use, and overall, extremely handy to have installed in your vehicle.

If you’re interested in purchasing the Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo, know that each kit is priced at $179.99. You can order it online right now, either directly from Car and Driver’s official shopping page, or alternatively, you can instead get it from Amazon, if you’d prefer.


OTHER CAR AND DRIVER VEHICLE ACCESSORIES

Car and Driver DashMate – Automatic Fast Wireless Charging Mount for Smartphones

The Car and Driver DashMate is an automatic fast wireless charging mount for smartphones that features QI Wireless Charging with up to 15 Watts of power for quickly recharging the battery of any QI-enabled smartphone, while also integrating a set of built-in fans that cool your phone to prevent it from overheating, even if it’s charging under direct sunlight.

Car and Driver DashMate
Car and Driver DashMate

This smartphone wireless charging mount features a very easy installation onto your car’s dashboard, and can also be folded down when not in use, thus allowing you to have a better view of the road.

Car and Driver DashMate
Car and Driver DashMate

If you’re interested in purchasing it, know that each unit is priced at $69.99. You can order it online either from Car and Driver’s official shopping page, or alternatively, you can get it from Amazon.


Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit w/ Auto-Adjusting Mount

The Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit is an all-in-one smartphone charging mount that features QI Wireless Charging with up to 10 Watts of power for quickly recharging the battery of any QI-enabled smartphone, integrating an auto-adjusting mount that can safely hold your smartphone in place while you’re driving, plus a smart touch sensor that automatically opens to release your phone once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit
Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit

This all-in-one smartphone charging mount can be mounted onto your vehicle’s dashboard, front windshield, or even your car’s vents.

Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit
Car and Driver Wireless Charging Kit

For those interested in purchasing it, note that each unit is priced at $59.99. You can order it online from Car and Driver’s official shopping page, or alternatively, from Amazon.


Car and Driver Nanobit – 12V 30W PD Car Charger w/ USB-C and USB-A ports

The Car and Driver Nanobit is a 12V car charger that features both a USB-C and USB-A output charging ports which boast a total of 30W Power Delivery via Quick Charge 3.0 technology, allowing you to quickly recharge the battery from a smartphone, tablet, or any other device that supports Fast Charging, for which that device can reach up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes of time.

Car and Driver Nanobit
Car and Driver Nanobit

This 12V car charger comes at a super compact size, features a sturdy metal construction, and also integrates an LED Indicator that lights up for as long as your device is charging, and consequently shuts-down whenever your device’s internal battery is fully charged.

Car and Driver Nanobit
Car and Driver Nanobit

In case you’re interested in purchasing this car charger, know that each unit for just $29.99. You can order it either from Car and Driver’s official shopping page, or alternatively, from Amazon.

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