We all encounter drivers on the road who drive recklessly. Heck, chances are we ourselves have been accused of such driving in the past as well. Now if you’ve always wanted to record these bad drivers for posterity or so you can lodge a report, there’s an app for it called Nexar whose public beta was launched at the Code Conference.
Basically what Nexar does is that it turns your iPhone into a dash cam. However unlike regular dash cams which just records video (and potentially audio), Nexar will come with smarter features, such as prompting users to perform an action when an incident occurs, such as when you slam on your brakes suddenly or when a car zips by you.
From there users can choose to capture that particular event in which the app will take footage 20 seconds before to 10 seconds after. The app is also smart enough to use your iPhone’s camera to record the car’s number plate which will flash at the bottom of your screen as you can see in the screenshot above, where the numbers in red are cars who are repeat offenders.
It sounds like a great idea but we’re sure many are wondering if this might be a bit too distracting. This is something that was addressed by its developers by creating a UI that appears wherever your finger touches, as opposed to having a fixed location. The app is launching today first in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv where the company is based. It will be an iOS-exclusive for now until the company feels like its ready for primetime which is when an Android version will be looked into.