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For decades, Cobra has provided drivers with the technological edge necessary to speed without the risk of getting caught. After endless efforts from speeders and enforcers to one-up one another, Cobra finally revert to the age old adage of “strength in numbers” and “the power of the people.”
In Cobra’s latest evolution of the iRadar platform is the general availability of the Cobra iRadar Community, an application that allows users to participate in real-time reporting of speed traps, cameras or road hazards. Also, iRadar Community will be available as a free app with free lifetime updates for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices beginning November 1, 2011, and coming soon for Android smartphones too.
GALLERY: Cobra iRadar
If you’re the competitive type and you own a Nissan Leaf, there’s a new way to come out a winner. Nissan Leaf drivers can now be wirelessly connected to a ranking system that scores your driving efficiency.
Nissan’s Carwings system started out in Japan but is now available here in North American. It connects all Nissan Leafs to a network, which is fed energy economy stats wirelessly to a central server. Then, using a “Regional Rankings” system, it is able to compare your ‘energy economy’ to other Leaf drivers near you. If you are the most energy efficient Leaf driver in your area, you’ll get a gold trophy icon on the Carwings dashboard control center – think of it as FourSquare for your car. And don’t worry if you fall short, because second, third and fourth place runners-up also earn gold, silver and bronze medals.
The phenomenon, also known as crowdsourcing, is a great way for Leaf owners to get better fuel economy by using social networking to show how environmentally responsible you are. The Carwings system will also display real-time traffic predictions by using data from other Carwings users and it features a live operator system that offers 24-hour driver support.