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The Federal Court of Justice today decided to limit the use of dashcam images as evidence in court to clarify traffic accidents. Bitkom President Achim Berg comments the decision: "Digital technologies make traffic safer and dashcams can make an important contribution. Dashcams create more legal certainty for all road users and contribute to a better reconstruction of an accident, for example."

Bitkom on the Dashcam ruling

The Federal Court of Justice today decided to limit the use of dashcam images as evidence in court to clarify traffic accidents. Bitkom President Achim Berg comments the decision: "Digital technologies make traffic safer and dashcams can make an important contribution. Dashcams create more legal certainty for all road users and contribute to a better reconstruction of an accident, for example.

In principle, it is to be welcomed that such recordings can in future be brought before the court to clarify the question of guilt. Unfortunately, legal uncertainties remain even after the judgement for motorists, since the judges expressly point out in their judgement that permanent recording is inadmissible and the use of images in civil proceedings always remains a consideration in individual cases. Drivers need clearer rules on when dashcams can be switched on."

Over the past three years, some 150,000 dashcams have been sold in Germany. Last year alone, the cameras for the windscreen generated sales of more than four million euros. On average, drivers pay 88 euros for the cameras.

Bitkom conducted a survey on consumer acceptance of dashcams in January. The results can be found here.

Methodological note: Data on the market for dashcams, sales and average unit price were collected by the market research institute GfK on behalf of the digital association Bitkom.

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