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4. Start Driving and Mapping

You're in the driver's seat. Now what?

When can I map my drives?

The only restrictions on when you can drive are related to factors impacting the quality of images produced for the network.
  • Map imagery from before sunrise and after sunset cannot be submitted
  • It maybe possible to submit imagery during times of snow, rain, or other heavy weather, but submitting imagery with low visibility may cause submissions to be rejected during QA.
Generally, successful mapping depends on visibility. One cannot earn HONEY rewards when traffic signs, business names, etc., are not clearly visible by the dashcam.

How long does it take for the dashcam to boot up?

The dashcam draws power from the car battery. Depending on your vehicle, it may start booting up when you open the door of the car, when you turn the key in the ignition or when you press the start button. It may take about 60 seconds for the lights on the dashcam to turn on.

What do the lights on the dashcam mean?

There are three lights on the front of the Hivemapper Dashcam.
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. All three lights may be red at first. They turn green once the dashcam has connected to your phone, found a GPS lock, and is collecting images.

My phone isn't pairing to my dashcam. Now what?

Some phones will automatically pair to your dashcam when you come into WiFi signal range. Other phones will require you to pair manually. You can pair manually by going to your phone's WiFi settings and selecting the dashcam from the list of hotspots. As a reminder, the password for the dashcam is "hivemapper" (all lowercase).
Even if you have a phone that automatically pairs to the dashcam, it still may not happen right away if you are connected to another WiFi hotspot such as your home router. In this case, the phone will pair to the dashcam once you start driving and lose connection to the other WiFi hotspot. You can also pair manually before you start driving, just to be sure.

I don't have GPS signal. Now what?

It may take a minute for the dashcam to get a GPS lock. This light may also turn red if your vehicle is in a location with poor signal. Tall buildings, overpasses and parking garages can all interfere with the GPS lock. If you are in a location with clear lines of sight to the sky and you still don't have a GPS lock, make sure the dashcam isn't next to anything that could interfere with the GPS signal.

Do I need to tap "start" and "pause" for each trip?

No. Your dashcam collects imagery by default. It will automatically start mapping when you start driving and automatically stop mapping when you stop driving, unless you tap "pause" on the "Dashcam" tab of the Hivemapper app.
There are several reasons that you might not want to collect imagery while driving. Maybe the visibility is poor, or maybe you are driving on private property. These situations are why the "pause" button exists. If you tap "pause" on the Dashcam tab of the Hivemapper app, your dashcam will not send imagery to your phone until you tap "start" again.

What do the colored tiles on the map mean?

When you're on the "Map" tab of the Hivemapper app, you may see the roads around you shaded in different colors, ranging from bright pink to pale pink to black. This indicates how recently the specific tiles of the map have been mapped.
  • Bright pink: These tiles were recently mapped by a map contributor.
  • Pale pink: These tiles were mapped by a contributor, but a while ago.
  • Black: These tiles have never been mapped.
This information may be relevant to the rewards you will earn while mapping. Tiles refresh to a max earnings rate after a certain period of time, which is currently every seven days across all regions. If a tile is mapped again before seven days have passed, it will yield rewards at a lower rate. For this reason, when you are otherwise impartial between two routes that will take you to the same destination, you may wish to take the route that has been mapped less recently.
Note: Rewards are calculated separately for front-facing and side-facing dashcams, as well as for vehicles traveling in different directions.

How can I record my imagery onto a USB drive?

Some users want to keep a copy of the imagery they generate for personal use. Currently, there are three requirements for recording footage onto a USB drive:
  1. 1.
    USB flash drive with USB-C adapter
  2. 2.
    Flash drive formatted to FAT32
  3. 3.
    Folder on flash drive called recording (case sensitive)
This video shows how to format a flash drive to FAT32 on Mac.