Which dash cam should you choose for your fleet of vans? Finding out has never been easier…
It was the 80s. Mullets were in, moustaches were mandatory, and Duran Duran were churning out hit after hit. Oh, and the only van dash cams around were big, clunky things found exclusively in police vehicles.
Fast forward three decades or so, and it’s a different story. From taxis to couriers, van fleet managers everywhere are catching on to the safety, cost, efficiency and insurance benefits dash cams bring to the table. And, with the better decision making and greater fleet visibility you’ll enjoy, the question soon becomes not one of whether you should buy a dash cam… but which one is best for your business.
So read on as we break down our five favourite van dash cams, which are sure to add power and perspective to your operation. And if you’re short on time, you can begin comparing leading suppliers by providing us with some information about your fleet. Our form takes just 30 seconds to complete, and you’ll receive dash cam quotes tailored to your specific requirements.
What are the best dash cams for vans?
Focussing on a blend of price point, usability, and (of course) pure, unadulterated functionality, we compared the best van dash cams for UK fleets. But which one came out on top?
According to our research, the best dash cam for vans is the Samsara CM32 dual-facing camera. Making up the rest of our list is Verizon Connect Integrated Video, the MIO MiVue A30, the Nextbase 522GW, and Blackvue’s DR900S-2CH.
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The best dash cams for vans:
Samsara CM32 (dual-facing)
Best van dash cam for safety
Add all this to Samsara’s slick, cloud-based vehicle tracking and management platform, and the CM32 emerges as our top dash cam pick for vans.
Pricing: The only drawback to the CM32 is that there’s no clear pricing information available. Samsara’s solutions are top of the line, meaning that any costs package will be bespoke, and take into account your van fleet’s size and ambitions.
Read more: How much does a dash cam cost in 2020?
- Simple installation – no hard-wiring involved
- Provides real-time, immediate access to footage
- Driver leaderboards improve safety by promoting healthy competition
- No pricing information available
Verizon Connect Integrated Video
Best van dash cam for an integrated software solution
Van fleets of all sizes will benefit from a user-friendly interface (accessible anywhere, anytime), and downloadable footage available as quickly as three minutes after an incident occurs. You’ll know who was involved, how fast they were going, and have everything required to settle insurance claims – and exonerate drivers – in a matter of moments.
Pricing: Verizon Connect Integrated Video costs around £20 per month, on top of a £20 monthly fee for its fleet management software, Verizon Connect Reveal. However, the exact amount you’ll pay depends on how many vans you operate, and the depth and breadth of features you’re after.
For a deeper dive into what you can expect to pay for your van dash cam solution, why not try our free service? Simply tell us a bit about how many vans you manage, and what industry you’re in. We’ll do the rest, and you’ll receive tailored quotes from leading van dash cam suppliers in the UK.
- Free installation available
- Its durable cameras are built to withstand harsh environments
- Its software analyses the severity of road incidents, and classifies them for you
- You’ll require a Verizon Connect Reveal subscription to get going
- The ongoing fee required to lease the software won’t appeal to everyone
Want to know more? Read our complete Verizon Connect Integrated Video review.
MIO MiVue A30
Best dash cam for rear of van
Pricing: £59.98 per unit.
- Small, unintrusive size
- Works well even in low-light conditions
- Won’t provide detailed insights into incidents, or driver behaviour at the time
- No live updates
Best van dash cam for smart features
Add to this the 522GW’s intelligent parking mode (which records any bump and scrape to your vans, even while parked) and emergency mode (which alerts emergency services when a crash occurs), and Nextbase emerges as a solid investment for any growing van fleet.
Pricing: £149 per unit.
To see how another of Nextbase’s dash cams (the 380GW, pictured) stacks up against the competition, check out our guide to the best dash cams for businesses.
- Autosyncs footage to your smartphone for convenience
- Excellent video quality
- Surprisingly affordable
- Its video playback software is new, and still working through some bugs
Best front and rear dash cam for vans
Pricing: £399 per unit.
- GPS and wifi-equipped
- Simple to install
- Sturdy, cylindrical shape adds a touch of industrial chic to your van fleet
- It’s on the expensive side
So, what’ll it be?
For a cheap, basic dash cam that sticks straight onto your back window, it’s the MIO MiVue A30 all day.
For complete fleet visibility, though, and insights driven by the best-in-class, machine learning-driven technology, there are only two options. That’s why we recommend Verizon Connect and Samsara for fleets of vans looking to expand their operations, and provide more efficient, effective service to boot.
Could you picture a dash cam fleet powering the engine of your business? Let us help.
Simply provide us with some details about your van fleet’s size, and your business’ legal status and postcode. We’ll use this to pair you only with the van dash cam suppliers that are the best fit for your fleet, and which service your location. They’ll then be in touch with quotes tailored to your requirements. Simple!
Does a van dash cam work as a standalone product?
Some do, yep! These tend to be the more basic, off-the-shelf van dash cams, though. More advanced systems, such as Verizon Connect and Samsara, require a subscription to their software platforms. That means their dash cams can only be used in conjunction with, or as a feature of, this central interface.
What other technology do I need for my fleet of vans?
Most van dash cams are built to work with a wide subset of other products and tech, including Amazon Alexa, GPS, and wifi. But for unparalleled synergy – and unrivalled insights – you’ll also require a van fleet management system.
Van tracking allows you to view your vehicles’ locations in real time, while planning and optimising routes for speed and success.
Read our review of the best van tracking systems for businesses for more info.