With $18 million in funding from Defy Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Sherpa Capital and others, Owl has launched its always-connected, LTE security camera for your car. Co-founded by Andy Hodge, a former product lead at Apple and executive at Dropcam, and Microsoft HoloLens development lead Nathan Ackerman, Owl is designed to give drivers peace of mind with an always-on dashboard camera for their cars.
“There’s a bunch of people mucking around in the home already,” Hodge told TechCrunch. “It’s not the place to do something really dramatic and amazing because you’d mostly be doing what they’re doing but better. With the car, there’s nobody doing anything.”
The two-way camera plugs into your car’s on-board diagnostics port (Every car built after 1996 has one), and takes just a few minutes to set up. Once it’s hooked up, you can access your car’s camera anytime via the Owl mobile app.
Owl is always on, which means it’s able to capture car crashes, break-ins and people dinging your car in the parking lot. If Owl detects a car accident, it automatically saves the video to your phone, including the 10 seconds before and after the accident.
Source: Tech Crunch
Author: Megan Rose Dickey