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Looking to grow its sales in China, Ford has revealed an all-new compact sedan at the Shanghai Motor Show, with an all-too familiar name: the Ford Escort.
Are you looking to get somewhere and avoid a speeding ticket? If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to hear that Escort has launched the new Passport iQ, a fully integrated driving accessory that comes equipped with a radar detector, GPS navigation and more.
Touted as “the ultimate driving companion,” the compact Passport iQ integrates radar/laser detection and GPS navigation, and also provides important driving information, such as speed traps and speed limit data, and displays all this information on a five-inch screen.
This device, which the company says is the first of its kind, uses innovative technology to bring you this ticket-saving information. “Escort engineers were able to change the standard radar detector form by designing a radically new microwave antenna assembly,” said Tim Coomer, Escort’s vice president of New Product Development. “Until the merging of these two major mobile technologies by Escort, drivers had no choice but to purchase and connect separate driving devices at the same time. The Passport iQ accommodates and combines these technologies into one, easy-to-use device.”
Based on the PASSPORT 9500ix, the company’s GPS-enabled windshield mount radar and laser detector, the iQ offers drivers their current speed and heading as well as speed limit information. If speed limits change and drivers are going faster than the posted speed, Passport iQ lets them know. It also overlays red light cameras, speed cameras, and high risk speed traps on its navigation screen and features a user-friendly choice of visual and audio alerts and can be displayed in selectable formats and colors.
The Passport iQ retails for $649.95, which is worth the price if you’re a driver who tends to accumulate speeding tickets. Escort offers the iQ on a 30-day free trial basis and it comes with a 90-day free trial subscription to Escort’s Defender Database, which comes loaded with thousands of speed trap locations.