From alarm systems to security cameras, there’s a whole industry dedicated to protecting your home — but now, a Bay Area startup wants to bring that same sort of security to your car.
We’ve all seen the videos: burglars caught in the act by somebody’s home security camera. The founders of Palo Alto-based Owl Camera saw them too.
“Definitely, stuff happens in the home, but it’s really hard to look through those statistics without seeing that way more happens around the car,” said Owl Camera founder and CEO Andy Hodge. In San Francisco alone, there were 28,000 reported car break-ins last year, according to Owl’s research, which gave them a pretty good clue there would be a market for a tiny security camera made especially for cars.
The Owl team includes designers and engineers who worked on the original Dropcam, later acquired by Nest and also members of the original iPod, iPhone and HoloLens teams. In other words, they’re people who are used to starting from scratch to build hardware around a problem they want to solve.