Case Study: Geoff Watkins Driver Training

Mi-Witness HD Case Studies


“The Mi-Witness HD is outstanding. It does everything it was designed for and has exceeded all my expectations”
Geoff Watkins -  Owner - Geoff Watkins Driver Training


I was looking for a system to serve two main purposes. After a number of close calls with other road users, and a drunk driver ramming into my vehicle while teaching a learner driver, I needed to be able to prove my innocence should anything happen in the future. My insurance premiums have been increased by more than the cost of a camera system by an incident. I was not at fault but could not prove so.

Secondly, I wanted a camera system I could use for my business, to act as a teaching aid to help develop my client’s driving through the ability of letting them see, review and analyse their own performance at key situations.

I needed a reliable, affordable, feature-packed system that would cover both the front and rear views and allow wireless connection to mobile devices. I was also getting increasingly frustrated at the never-ending torrent of abuse directed my way by impatient, arrogant and rude drivers.


“I was immediately drawn by the ‘modular’ design, allowing accessories to be connected in the future”

I scoured the Internet for a long time, researching the available systems, reading reviews and trying to create a short-list, but I was never very happy with any particular system. Some had good features and looked good on paper, but were receiving poor reviews, especially with reliability. Many just weren’t capable of the tasks I demanded from a system. I even tried a cheap Asian no-brand system, but it was horrible to use, extremely cumbersome, didn’t record
key data like time or GPS, and the image quality was laughable.

When I stumbled across the Mi-Witness HD system, I was immediately drawn by the ‘modular’ design, allowing accessories to be connected in the future, if at all. I wasn’t going to be paying for features I didn’t want, and I could add to the system over time. It was receiving glowing reviews and seemed to fit my requirements like no other system was.


“Since having Mi-Witness HD installed in my tuition vehicle, I have been much less anxious about the ever-present danger of another motorist colliding with my vehicle, in a desperate attempt to get round the learner”

 

Since having Mi-Witness HD installed in my tuition vehicle, I have been much less anxious about the ever-present danger of another motorist colliding with my vehicle, in a desperate attempt to ‘get round the learner’.
The system has not caught any real incidents yet, although I’m sure it is only a matter of time until it does, thanks to the appalling behavior from some drivers. It did, however, capture something I had never dreamed it could be used for…

My vehicle was in the dealer’s workshop for a bit of maintenance and warranty work. Without thinking much into it, I left my hard-wired Mi Witness in the vehicle. On return of the car, I checked the recorded footage purely out of curiosity. I didn’t expect to see recordings of a technician abusing my car, and the dangerous and illegal manner it was driven in on the public roads during a routine ‘road-test’ I confronted the dealership, who were quick to make an offer to me, and to discipline a rogue technician they had no idea was such a liability to their business. This has paid for the camera a couple of times over already.  Without the system running, I would have been none the wiser that my car had been treated with so little respect and care.

Being a professional driver and advanced trainer, I didn’t expect to see any improvement of my own driving or my training, but some of my clients have stated that the camera’s presence made them more aware of their actions. The ability for the Mi Witness HD camera to stream recorded footage to my iPad has been immensely valuable on many occasions, when myself of my client has wanted to look at and review mistakes made while learning; right there, on the spot, just moments after the event took place.


“The service I have received from TTW has been outstanding”

 The service I have received from TTW has been outstanding.  Any questions I have had have been answered immediately, both over the phone, and on their immensely useful discussion forums.  A minor technical difficulty I experienced with my camera was immediately put right, and I feel truly valued as a customer of TTW. 
Something I feel is very much missing in business today.

The product is outstanding. It does everything it was designed for, and then some. I have even put the camera through its paces by strapping it to a 70mph off road radio controlled monster truck, just to see what an on-board video would look like, and to measure its speed with GPS. Needless to say, it’s not something I would risk on a regular basis, but it went to show what a well designed and sturdy bit of kit the camera is.

“The camera has exceeded all my expectations, as has the service from TTW”

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