New Orleans – Escort shipped its
Smart Radar detector and priced it at a suggested $449.
The device, previewed at International
CES, is a small radar detector that mounts on the windshield behind a rearview
mirror. An included controller snaps onto the front of the rearview mirror. The
Smart Radar also incorporates Bluetooth to turn Bluetooth-connected iPhones and
Android phones into radar/laser-detector displays and controllers. Using a free
app, the phones control the detector’s settings and display radar-detector alerts.
Nine settings that can be
controlled from the phones include city/highway switch and alert sounds.
The app also enables multiple
other functions. Users, for example, can view live traffic on a map and view
the location of nearby red-light cameras, speed cameras and speed traps. The
app also includes multiple social-network-like features. If a user’s detector
detects radar or laser, the app will automatically alert other drivers who are using
the same app. Drivers can also use the app to manually alert other app users in
real time when they see a mobile speed camera, any other speed or red-light
camera, or a speed trap.
The app’s on-line services are
included for a year and cost $39.95/year after that.
Escort demonstrated Smart Radar
here at the Show Stoppers event for the press on the eve of CTIA Wireless 2012.