Audi has launched an OEM dashcam system dubbed the Universal Traffic Recorder (UTR) in Australia, according to a report by CarAdvice. The UTR is part of the Audi Genuine Accessory product line-up, and fulfils the safety standards ADR 69/00, TRIAS 47, ECE-R94 and 96/79/EG.

Available as a single- (front) or dual-camera (front and rear) unit, the UTR can be installed on current A4, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5 and Q7 model ranges. Selected models from 2013 onwards are also able to have the system installed as a retrofit.

In terms of specifications, the UTR device is equipped with a full HD camera, radar, GPS and G-shock sensor. It also comes with three surveillance modes – Standard, Parking and Event – whereby the first begins recording when the engine is started, only stopping when the engine is turned off.

The video recordings are stored on a removable 8GB SD card, and should the maximum storage capacity be reached, the device will start recording over the oldest data. In Parking mode, the device is activated when the engine is turned off, continuing to record for more than 72 hours.

Lastly, Event mode will automatically begin recording in the event the accelerometer detects extreme braking, likely during situations when a collision is imminent. The device also features radar-based recording, which is triggered when motion is detected.

Smartphone connectivity is another feature of the UTR, accomplished via a dedicated app for both iOS and Android devices. Through the app, users can adjust various recording and camera settings as well as access the live view, video gallery and car finder function.

Prices (in Australia) start at AUD745 (RM2,380) for a single-camera unit, and AUD845 (RM2,700) for a dual-camera setup. Audi Malaysia has revealed that it plans to introduce the UTR later in September this year, although no official pricing has been disclosed for now.