CES: First Under-the-Hood Bluetooth Radar Detector

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Cobra S120R S Series

One of the new automotive products to debut at CES next week is the first radar detector that installs under the hood and then works with a smartphone as your controller and screen, according to Cobra.

Cobra S120R S Series
Cobra S-Series

It’s iRadar S-Series uses a Bluetooth connection to turn your smartphone to become the radar detector’s controller and display.

As with Cobra’s original iRadar 200 (which was portable, rather than under-the-hood) the detector  works with an app that lets you receive red light camera alerts.  You can share alerts in real time with other users and you may warn others of live police traps and traffic cameras.

Cobra_iRadar_900
Cobra iRadar 900

The unit installs in the car’s engine compartment with a simple kit, where it remains invisible to the user.

It’s compatible with both Android and Apple iOS phones and will ship in Q3 at a price of $299.95.

In the portable iRadar camp is a new Cobra Atom  that is 35 percent smaller than the previous iRadar 200.  Again, its portable, so it installs on the windshield, rather than under the hood as in the S-Series.   The Atom also works with an app  to display various warning indicators on the smartphone’s screen. And it also gives you red light cameras and speed trap warnings,  while also functioning as a standalone radar detector. Shipping and pricing info will be announced.

Cobra will also introduce at CES  new line of traditional standalone radar detectors (that don’t work with smartphones).  A new SPX line is ultra-compact and has double the detection range of previous Cobra detectors.  It also claims fewer false alerts than previous Cobra models.

Features include laser detection, auto mute, UltraBright data display and city/highway mode.

Shipping in April, the 3 model line ranges in price from an estimated $89.95-$129.95.

Source: Cobra Electronics

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