Lisa Johnston On Jun 17 2013 - 12:00am

Escort Adds New Flagship Radar Detector


WEST CHESTER, OHIO — Escort launched its first radar detector with a four-color OLED display.

The Passport Max, which is shipping at a suggested $549, uses digital signal processing (DSP) technology said to allow the detector to lower background “noise” in the detection area.

Spokesman Ron Gividen explained that while other detectors are unable to alert a driver until the detector detects a signal above the background noise, the Passport Max lowers “the noise floor by adding in an inverse random noise signal.” This in turn enables the Max to provide more accurate alerts at a much faster speed, Gividen said the Max is four times faster than any other Escort detector.

The OLED display will display images of the different types of alerts being registered (such as a red-light camera), as well as display speed limits and driving speed.

Other Max features include the ability to mark a location for future alerts, a MiniUSB port for software and database updates, a mute button, the ability to adjust detector sensitivity, volume control and voice alerts.

It employs a number of other technologies to eliminate false alerts, such as Traffic Sensor Rejection technology, meant to eliminate alerts caused by mounted traffic-flow sensors, and Escort’s GPS-based AutoLearn technology to reject fixed-position false alarms.

The Passport Max is compatible with the company’s Escort Live service, which enables drivers to share and verify alerts with each other. A one-year subscription to the service is included, as is the company’s Sticky Cup mount.

The first 1,000 consumers to purchase the Passport Max will receive a two-year warranty (vs. the typical oneyear), a two-year subscription to Escort Live, and free firmware updates for life.

Gividen said Escort is not at this time planning to discontinue any models to make for room for the Passport Max.

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