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Install Your Hivemapper Dashcam

Tips to get started with your new Hivemapper Dashcam.
Hivemapper Dashcam - Onboarding Video Series

What's Included

  • Hivemapper Dashcam (HDC)
  • Safety Pamphlet
  • 12V Auxiliary Power Cord
  • Mount

Approved Vehicles & Mount Positions

Vehicles with at least four wheels are currently approved including cars, vans and trucks of all sizes.
Vehicles that do not have four wheels are not approved at this time. This includes: bicycles, e-bikes, scooters, motorcycles.
High-quality usable imagery begins with great mount positions. There are currently four approved mount positions (as shown below). A maximum of two dashcams can be mounted per vehicle: one forward-facing and one side-facing. If you decide to mount the dashcam side-facing, it must face the sidewalk and buildings (i.e., mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle). Consider clarity of view when mounting your dashcam.
Approved mounting positions.
Check out alternative dashcam accessories here.

How to Mount

Tips for producing valuable map imagery and data:
  • Avoid mounting on tinted windows
  • Avoid capturing too much of your vehicle's interior
  • Remove objects from your dashboard that can personally identify you
  • Avoid too much tilt towards the sky or the road
For a forward-facing mount, the dashcam should be mounted in the center of the vehicle and aligned with the horizon.
For a side-facing mount, the dashcam should be mounted on the side of the vehicle closest to the sidewalk and buildings (i.e. the passenger side). Again, the dashcam should be aligned with the horizon.
You may need to tilt the dashcam up ~10 degrees to ensure you capture more of the environment and less of your vehicle. Showing some vehicle in your dashcam imagery is preferable to having the dashcam tilted too high and capturing images which are mostly of the sky.

Powering Up

LED Lights

There are three lights on the back of the Hivemapper Dashcam (HDC).
If you mounted the dashcam correctly, these lights are facing you on the left side of the dashcam. When the dashcam boots up, these lights illuminate. They all turn solid blue once the dashcam has found a GPS lock, and is collecting images.
For the top indicator light:
Solid blue means the dashcam is actively mapping. • Light blue means the dashcam is connected but not actively mapping. • Yellow means the dashcam needs to be connected to the app. • Red means mapping is paused.
Once the dashcam has power from your vehicle, it automatically starts mapping.

Next Steps

Download and pair the Hivemapper Companion App to finish setting up your dashcam.