BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Dash cam install with parking mode surveillance

A Blackvue 900x 4k dashcam with parking mode battery was installed to this BMW 4 series gran coupe in Manchester. Front & rear cameras provided ultra wide field of view security around the car with extended parking mode whilst parked.



What is Parking Mode?


Parking mode is a function of certain dashcams that allows video recording in a vehicle that isn’t being operated (parked). This feature can be described as “Parking Mode” or “Parking Surveillance.” Your dashcam effectively becomes a surveillance system when you’re not driving your car.

True “parking mode” means that the dashcam is capable in knowing when the vehicle is parked, usually with the assistance of built-in GPS positioning or shock / g-sensors in the camera. Brands that we recommend for true parking mode are BlackVue, Goluk and Thinkware.


Why would parking mode be useful for personal vehicles?


Burglary of your vehicle usually happens whilst your vehicle is parked up when you're away or possibly whilst you’re sleeping. Normally, there isn’t much you can do about it at the time besides perhaps purchasing an expensive alarm system. However, instead you can use your dashcam as an anti-theft device by using it as a deterrent or even as evidence against whomever broke into your car or hit it whilst parked.

Imagine someone hitting your vehicle while you’re parked on the side of a busy street. Without a parking mode enabled dashcam an insurance claim would have to be paid for by your own insurance company and affect your no claims bonus, rather than by the culprit or their insurance company. The parking mode feature of a dashcam can provide evidence for insurance claims in hit and runs even when you’re not operating your vehicle. The savings of a dashcam installation is an investment and can often pay for itself in just 1 incident. We actually had a customer let us know that our install of Goluk cameras into their car allowed them to capture a hit and run whilst parked in a car park on someone else's parked car!


Powering Your Dashcam to Enable the Parking Mode Feature


Dashcams typically operate with the vehicle’s engine, switching on and off with your ignition key, only recording while your vehicle’s engine is running. If you’re powering your dashcam with a cigarette outlet plug, which in most cases uses switched power with your ignition, then your dashcam shuts off when the engine shuts off.

When we hardwire dashcams we connect them to the vehicle fusebox with hardwire kits that safely shut down the cameras at a set battery level. all cables etc are fully hidden to give a factory installed look. In this mode your dashcam operates even when your vehicle’s engine is off, but only for a period of time and this is dependant on how often you use your vehicle. As a rule, on a petrol/diesel vehicle it takes around 45 minutes to recharge/replenish the energy back into the battery that was used to start the engine. So, if longer parking modes are required for your needs, we recommend parking mode batteries:


Blackvue & Cellink Parking Mode Batteries





The Blackvue 900x cameras benefit from the very latest in video quality and compression and also require little maintenance. Even though the dashcam has "format free technology", it is recommended to have them automatically format the memory once a month to ensure they are kept in optimum recording condition.



Fast 5g wifi app access and excellent video quality and parking mode settings with the added reassurance of a dedicated parking mode battery that powers the Dashcams whilst parked for up to 18hours after the last drive, recording any motion or impact to the vehicle whilst stationary.

The cameras are barely visible from the drivers view and therefore do not distract the driver at all.


The Blackvue 900x also caters for those that wish to upgrade to a cloud dashcam by simply purchasing the add on module CM100LTE. You can then pay a data sim subscription and have live access to your dashcam remotely using just your mobile phone. You can also receive live notifications should your vehicle be hit whilst parked.

More information on the module is available here: CM100LTE

Dashcam features include:


✔︎ Automatic separate "incident" recordings

✔︎ Parking Motion Recording

✔︎ Parking Time-Lapse Recording

✔︎ Parking G-Sensor Recording

✔︎ Parking Recording

✔︎ wifi hotspot fast downloadable footage

✔︎ up to 128gb video storage

✔︎ View footage on pc/Mac with removable microSD memory


A dual camera system can actually be installed for less than your insurance excess and also be transferred to other vehicles at a later date proving them to be a great investment.

We install at your location for convenience and our work ethic and quality is very consistent, we do not use contractors.

  • Professional, unobtrusive and very discrete installs.

  • up to 24/7 CCTV around your car

  • Protection from other dangerous drivers

  • Protection from crash for cash schemes

  • Up to 15% discount on car insurance

  • High definition clear recordings

  • Ultra Wide 162 degrees Field of View

  • Number plate recognition on review

  • Simultaneous Multi recording modes


We can install a professional camera system and vehicle tracker that will protect your vehicle and save your no claims insurance discount.

We take out all the work required in sourcing out the best camera and tracker systems.

We only stock and install products that we approve of and we wont bombard you with a myriad of different camera makes and models.


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