Need a Radar Detector? There's an App for That
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.
Cobra Electronics Corporation (Nasdaq: COBR), the leading manufacturer of radar detection devices, announced today the launch of its new Cobra iRadar Detection System. The Cobra iRadar system combines industry-leading radar/laser gun and speed/red light camera detection technology with the ease of use of iPhone to create a revolutionary detection system.
The Cobra iRadar Detection System consists of a state-of-the-art Cobra radar detector and the Cobra iRadar App for iPhone. The system uses Bluetooth® wireless technology to connect iPhone to the detector, and the iPhone Multi-Touch display to control the detector’s settings. As a result, the Cobra iRadar Detection System enables motorists to view, hear and log alerts for radar/laser guns as well as upcoming speed/red light cameras and other potential hazards.
“The Cobra iRadar Detection System is truly revolutionary,” said Sally Washlow, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics. “It pairs Cobra’s industry-leading radar/laser detection technology with iPhone’s exceptional display and GPS capabilities to create a truly new standard for detection systems. What makes using Cobra’s iRadar system so remarkable is that it not only provides drivers an unprecedented amount of crucial information, it does so with clarity and convenience.”
The Cobra iRadar detector is a sleek, compact and powerful unit. It detects all radar and laser guns on the market and alerts motorists to upcoming threats from all directions with its 360 degree protection. Its large, crisp speaker provides clear and precise warnings while its escalating audio alerts let you know the distance to any threat. The Cobra iRadar detector unit also works as a standalone detector when not paired to the app, ensuring that it is in radar/laser gun detection mode at all times.
The Cobra iRadar App is the control center for the iRadar Detection System. Using the Bluetooth wireless technology in iPhone, drivers can control all the settings of the iRadar detector including which alert notifications it will provide and the audio volume at which they will be provided. In addition, the app allows drivers to view past alert locations on a map, mark user locations, and view their speed, compass heading and car battery voltage.
The Cobra iRadar App includes at no cost Cobra’s exclusive AURA™ Camera and Driving Hazard Database, which enables drivers to receive alerts for speed and red light camera locations as well as other driving hazards. Utilizing GPS technology in iPhone, the iRadar app alerts the driver to upcoming speed and red light cameras, known speed traps and dangerous intersections. These locations are 100% verified and updated daily automatically.
The Cobra iRadar Detection System has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $169.95 and is available now at retailers nationwide and at www.cobra.com
The Cobra iRadar App, along with the AURA database, is available for free from the App Store for iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
For more information on the Cobra iRadar Detection System, visit www.CobraiRadar.com.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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