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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
While it may seem that Apple’s iPhone continues to dominate the smart phone market, Google’s Android is actually the more popular operating system. So naturally, many app developers and companies are slowly creating variants of their iPhone/iPad apps to work on Google’s Android system. Included in that list is radar detector company Cobra.
Cobra’s iRadar app is now available for Android, though we still find it a little oddly named now that it’s on Android. The app offers a collection of standalone features (no actual Cobra radar required) that includes GPS warnings for road hazards, traffic cameras and speed traps. By utilizing Cobra’s Aura Camera and Driving Hazard Database with Google Maps integration, users are able to access a plethora of information to enhance their driving experience.
Those with an actual Cobra iRadar hardware can pair their app via Bluetooth for additional features. The app can serve as an auxiliary display for the detector and allows users to make their own road hazards for subsequent trips and aid other drivers.
The app is free on Android’s Market while a Cobra iRadar Detector is $125.
[Source: Car Tech Blog]
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.
OK, so you can’t actually download an app to your iPhone that lets it operate as a radar detector. The iPhone may do a lot, but it isn’t all powerful.
No, this product is probably more of a novelty than a necessity, but it’s definitely cool to see where technology and in-car integration is going. Cobra, a popular manufacturer of radar detectors, has paired up their newest product with the ever-popular Apple iPhone. Dubbed the iRadar, it is essentially an app for the iPhone that connects to Cobra’s newest and greatest radar detector.
The Cobra iPhone Radar Detector sports 360-degrees of detection against regular radar and laser guns. Essentially the iPhone is connected to the radar detector via Bluetooth giving the end user a touch interface to control the detector’s settings.
The iRadar is currently available for $169.95 which includes access to Cobra’s AURA Camera and Driving Hazard database.
Official press release available after the break.