Sunday, February 12, 2017

Can You Autocross With a Family Wagon?

Wagons always get an unfair reputation for being the nation's favourite schoolrun-mobile -- images of an '83 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, driven around by a family with three kids and a St. Bernard in the trunk doesn't exactly help shed that relative uncool-ness. Wagons just aren't sporty, and they sure aren't cool, people say. Over here, we have seen many people ditch the wagons in favor of the taller SUVs and crossovers for their bigger size.

For most of the world however, wagons are great alternatives for those who want to haul more things without needing to get a truck, but still retain the fun driving dynamics and fuel economy of a 4-door sedan. Don't believe me? Take a quick look on Google Streetview for streets of London and it will take you less than a minute to have the first wagon-sighting.

Case in point: in addition to the #SharkNoseDiary 6 series project car that I have, I regularly drive a slightly-scratched up 2007 Mazda 6 wagon as my reliable daily commuter. Fitted with a 3.0 V6 engine that produces 212 horsepower, the car (nicknamed Mazda Miyagi because why not) can propel itself from 0-60 at a respectable (in 2007 standards) 7.1 seconds.

My favorite thing about it though? It's mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Combined with the zoom-zoom Mazda driving dynamics, I can go fast enough to quickly fall in trouble with the law while hauling my apartment in the trunk. You can't really do that with a modern SUV (unless you are willing to spend a lot of money for one of these).

The bottom line is: The car is a lot of fun, and it can do fun while hauling as much stuff as your neighbor's CR-V.

To prove my point, why not enter my car into an Autocross event?

Friday, February 10, 2017

#ThinkwareTutorial: Adjusting Volume and Voice Guidance

Welcome to the first post of our new blog series, #ThinkwareTutorial! These posts are aimed to help users configure device and feature settings. 

Today, we will be showing you 3 different ways to adjust the volume for voice guidance and sounds alerts on Thinkware dash cams. 
The volume can be adjusted with 4 different levels, including the option to mute the majority of notifications and voice guidance alerts that are not specific to security features. Let's start!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017: #FromThinkwareWithLove Giveaway

This Valentine's Day, we'll be spreading the love for dash cams around! Two participants of our #FromThinkwareWithLove survey will be new owners of F550 dash cams. Find out how to enter this giveaway below!

Friday, January 27, 2017

CES2017: New Year, New Thinkware

As with tradition, we always start off the new year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This year was a special one for both CES and Thinkware. On the 50th CES Show, we introduced a new top-of-the-line prototype model along with our dash cam accessories. Continue reading below for a preview of the new models, features, and accessories that await you later in 2017. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thinkware's Parking Surveillance Mode vs Competitor Parking Mode

Parking Mode is a highly requested feature in dash cams. That is not to say that all Parking Mode features operate in the same way though. If you are looking for a Parking Mode ready dash cam, make sure you know the operational differences between Thinkware's Parking Surveillance Mode and the standard Parking Mode offered by our competitors and what Parking Mode can do for you.

Friday, January 13, 2017