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One of the biggest challenges in representing bicyclists in litigation against motorists is finding a witness. The motorist and the bicyclist rarely seem to agree on how a crash occurred. Since the victim has the burden of proof in personal injury litigation, if a witness cannot be found to support the bicyclist's version of events the case may be a lost cause. A handlebar mounted camera could, in many circumstances, tip the scales in the bicyclist's favor by revealing exactly what happened. Dooring incidents and intersection crashes could be documented by a front facing camera. Other "action cameras" I've seen are good, but frankly impractical for daily city use. They've tended to be too big, too bulky and too difficult to take with you. Cat Eye may have come up with a viable option that could help the city cyclist protect his or her rights in the event of an accident.
I have not used the Inou myself, but I would certainly love to hear from anyone who has to learn whether the device actually lives up to its promise. Below is a video from Interbike 2010 demonstrating some of the Inou's features: