Voice control technology has certainly come a long way in the last few years, as evidenced by the fact that it’s essentially built into most of the consumer level mobile devices that we use on a daily basis. We’ve reached a point at which you don’t even have to pick up your iPhone to hear your favorite song — you can just say “Hey Siri, play [Song]” and your device will automatically take care of the rest.

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But many people don’t realize that voice control technology is about a lot more than just the simple pleasures in life. It has very important uses, too, particularly when you’re behind the wheel of a car. An excellent example of this is the 70Mai Smart Dash Cam, which can be controlled entirely using convenient voice commands at all times.

The 70Mai Smart Dash Cam: Breaking It Down

One factor that makes the 70Mai Smart Dash Cam appealing for so many people is that it’s designed for truly hands-free driving. It uses a sophisticated type of artificial intelligence software that, when paired with the onboard voice control functionality, allows users to take pictures and even full HD videos using only voice commands.

AI is important in this particular case because it allows the dash cam to understand the differences between varying accents, allowing it to respond to commands as fast as possible. Note that the device itself is so powerful (and forward thinking) that it will even automatically turn itself on every time you get behind the wheel of your car.

But the real selling point is that it can also automatically record accidents — even if you haven’t explicitly told it to do so. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your dash cam just missed an important incident taking place right in front of your car — you’ll know beyond the shadow of a doubt.

This is possible because the 70Mai Smart Dash Cam uses a type of loop recording that actually records everything happening in front of the camera’s lens at all times. Whenever the user doesn’t use a voice command to take a particular picture or record a video, everything that had been captured up to that point is instantly deleted. If an accident takes place, however, the camera saves all relevant footage to make sure that it isn’t overwritten as the device continues to record.

This saved data is hugely invaluable for providing essential information to emergency responders, for example, or to hand over to insurance companies once a claim has been filed.

As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the 70Mai Smart Dash Cam also has a great deal of power where it matters most: in its technical specifications. As shipped, the device features a Sony produced sensor that allows it to record 1080p full HD videos with an impressive 130 viewing angle. A Wi-Fi connection built into the camera itself allows you to access all recorded footage (and to download relevant clips) using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. This is essential because the camera itself doesn’t actually have an LCD screen as with some models — but with a mobile connection like this, you don’t actually need one.

The 70Mai Smart Dash Cam is commonly attached to most cars using an electrostatic “sticky” pad affixed to the windshield. It draws power by being plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter — which is also how it knows to automatically start recording whenever the engine switches on. You’ll get all this functionality, and the device is priced incredibly well compared to competing products.

The camera itself is produced by a company called Banya Tech, through a project that began with initial funding obtained via an Indiegogo campaign. Now that the camera has been proven to work, it will receive additional support from Xiaomi Technology Ecological Chain Enterprises. A Chinese language version of the 70Mai Smart Dash Cam is already available for users in that country, and an English language version will be developed using funds from the Indiegogo campaign.