Originally Posted by Brian B-P
While the Uber/Lyft driver will have the answer, I would be surprised if they are required. As we have learned here in Alberta, Uber doesn't even require their drivers to hold the legally required class of driver's license, or to carry valid insurance. Unless a camera helps Uber (and I don't know how it would, since it could prove liability of an Uber driver), I don't know why they would require it; the only party that Uber cares about is Uber.
In California, there is no requirement I am aware of to have a Dash Cam, nor any discouragement I am aware of either. I choose to for my own safety. Passengers sometimes ask about it, most are supportive. Basically it is like going into anyplace that has a security camera.
RE: Insurance. California requires Ride Share companies to carry 1 million dollars in insurance that covers drivers while a passenger is in the vehicle, and a lesser amount during the period where you have been dispatched and are on your way to pick someone up.
While online (available) but not yet dispatched, there is no coverage. My insurance company (AAA) advises that they would deny a claim from that period, but offers an inexpensive endorsement to fill the void. I choose to carry that endorsement but many drivers foolishly choose not to.
And what Brian said is true. Uber cares about Uber. Once driverless cars are legal and reliable, I will take my place on the bench next to the guy who used to bring ice to your house for your ice box.