Seems like you are more likely to attract police with traffic citation books in hand if you are doing something blatantly illegal, dangerous, or rude.Wish I could believe in a just and reliable universe. I've given up trying to guess what LEOs understand and what mood they'll be in and what instructions/warnings/quotas they were given that week.
Most of the dash cams I've seen come with a cable that plugs into your cigarette lighter to power them. The cable is extremely long so that you can run it behind your glove box and along your windshield trim to the top of your windshield where they are usually mounted. I've seen some people who are more comfortable with doing their own custom wiring by opening up the rear view mirror (but I think this might only be possible on the Premier models, since they have the digital rear view mirrors). I've wired three different cars with dash cams before, and I've always just plugged into the cigarette lighter with the included cable and run the cable as described above.
One clever way to power a dashcam is to use the car's OBD port. The OBD port on the Bolt is very convenient because it is right next to the driver's door which makes it easy to route the power cable through the door trim to the windshield and the Bolt's OBD port is pretty much out of sight and there is no OBD port cover to get in the way. Also, it's possible to get constant power from the OBD so that the dashcam can run continuously even when the car is parked (like on a Tesla).
I ran the power cable up to the headliner and over to the driver's side A-pillar and down to the fuse panel, tucking it under all the way. Stuck in an add-a-fuse and attached it to a 12V to 5V USB converter with crimp connectors. Picked up ground from a handy bolt. Plugged in the camera's USB cable and was good-to-go.
This is something I keep thinking about doing but I've always been a bit skeptical of how to run the wiring...I ran the power cable up to the headliner and over to the driver's side A-pillar and down to the fuse panel...
If you just start shoving it under as you go, it will all make sense. The only "tricky" part is getting it under the dash, but even that routing suggests itself. I was amazed at how easy it was. Just be aware that part of it is right next to an airbag panel, but it doesn't interfere with it at all.This is something I keep thinking about doing but I've always been a bit skeptical of how to run the wiring...
How to you get the cable behind the A-pillar trim? Do you go in from the top or do you pry off the weatherstriping along the door jamb to get it into the bottom? And is it easy to get it from the bottom of the A pillar behind the dash and down toward the fuse box?
here's a decent thread that might give you some ideas.I have searched fourm for what brand of dash cam people are using but have not found that information. Please tell me which dash cam you are using and why you like it. I have researched them and have 10 that I like and will fulfill my needs, but would like to hear from real people that use dash cams. Thanks.