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New Radar Detector Taps Into Social Network

Sometime you need a little help from your "friends."

by on Feb.27, 2012

Escort's new SmartCord Live lets a motorist tap into a social network that tracks the location of police speed traps.

We thought we’d seen just about everything in radar detection when we heard the news about Escort’s new SmartCord Live system that links your Escort or Beltronics radar detector, your Apple iPhone, and other Escort users into a national network of radar, laser, police car, red light camera and speed camera detection.

The SmartCord Live adapter replaces the standard 12-volt power cord on an Escort radar detector with a power cable that also includes its own USB and computer/camera ports.  That’s the first part of the equation.  The second part of the equation is the free Escort Live iPhone app available from the Apple website.  Part three is the Bluetooth connection between the iPhone, the app, and the radar detector.

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When the Bluetooth circuit between the radar detector and the iPhone is active and the app is turned on, the screen of the iPhone turns into a GPS-based speedometer, radar detection indicator, and/or a GPS and traffic congestion map.  The display can be set to tell you visually and aurally every time you exceed the posted speed limit, show you what the current speed limit is, where you are, and what kinds of threats are operating in the area, including K, Ka, X, POP, and laser, as well as the new traffic monitoring systems, denoted on the unit by a “TSR” warning.