• Sep 19, 2007

The feeling one gets when they receive in the mail a hefty ticket for speeding is extremely bad, but the cop-dodging experts at Cobra have come up with a terrific tool. Cobra's XRS R9G is the first US laser and radar detector that utilizes GPS Navigation to warn drivers of known speed trap cameras. Cobra is keeping track of traps all over the US, and anyone that purchases the $449 device can also load updates from the Cobra website. Cobra is also working towards using GPS to alert drivers of upcoming school or construction zones, as well as giving owners notice when they're about to enter a high risk accident zone.

The XRS R9G also signals the driver of any laser or radar guns, finally giving drivers the trifecta of protection against the unwanted ticket. Like it or not, speed cameras are on the rise, and with smaller cameras being produced all the time, they're getting harder to detect. Cobra's XRS R9G is the first product to market to come up with a solution that gives drivers a fighting chance... to speed and get away with it.

Hit the jump to view the press release



PRESS RELEASE

New Radar Detector Keeps Drivers in the Safety Zone

First Radar Detector with Speed and Red Light Camera Location Alerts in United States - Cobra's XRS R9G - Arrives in Stores This Month

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Drivers will no longer becaught off guard at dangerous intersections thanks to the in-store arrivalof Cobra Electronics' (Nasdaq: COBR) wireless remote controlled radar/laser detector with speed and red light camera location alerts. The virtually undetectable XRS R9G is the first radar detector to be paired with a GPSlocator in the United States. The XRS R9G consists of a main detector, a wireless remote control display unit and a GPS locator.

The GPS locator includes a speed and red light camera location databasewith updates available through http://www.cobra.com. Because speed and redlight cameras are most often installed in high risk areas, Cobra's R9Gwarns drivers to slow down and stay alert when approaching dangerouintersections or strips of highways. Another layer of this technologycurrently in development includes alerts for high accident zones, known as "black spots," as well as school and construction zones.

"Across the country, the number of speed and red light cameras isgrowing exponentially," said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice president ofmarketing and sales at Cobra Electronics. "Our camera detection capabilities in Europe, through Performance Products Limited, combined withour domestic expertise in radar detection and GPS make us the most qualified to bring this new innovation to the United States. Now drivers can stay alert no matter where they travel."

The R9G's unique design makes the device virtually undetectable-helping to deter theft-while its Super-Xtreme Range Superheterodyne(R) (S-XRS(TM)) Maximum Performance 12 Band(TM) Technology with LaserEye(R)ensures detection of the fastest radar and laser guns, including POP Mode.


In order to maintain the R9G's discreet appearance, both the GPS locator and the main radar/laser detector unit mount behind the rearview mirror at the top of the windshield. This placement not only reduces the unit's visibility from outside the car, it also improves its detection range. All of the components are installed inside the vehicle, protecting it from the elements and heat of the engine.


The lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack allows the pocket-sized remote to operate up to 40 hours and includes a two-hour quick-charge option. The product's design also makes it possible to customize mounting locations and easily remove it from the car, further deterring theft.


Cobra's new XRS IntelliLink(TM) remote controlled detectors provide "under the radar" detection at "on the radar" prices. The XRS R9G, including a GPS locator with speed and red light camera database, has an
MSRP of $449.95. Cobra also offers the high-performance product without the GPS locator, the XRS R7, which has an MSRP of $349.95. The products are now available nationally at major retailers and installers.


In addition, Cobra Electronics provides its proprietary speed and red light camera database and alerts in its U.S. line of 2007 mobile navigation products. The company also offers speed camera detection in its European mobile navigation products through Performance Products Limited.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I was going to say the same thing as i own that passport gps which sits nicely in my new infiniti g37
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where are there speed cameras in the US? To my knowledge, only in Chicago (where I happen to live) and only in construction zones, and then only if they put somebody/some van out there.

      I've been driving through the Dan Ryan construction for months, speeding away in the 45 (while no construction is even occuring in the area), passing some, going mostly the same speed as everyone else, and getting passed by others. 65mph it seems most are doing. Never seen a van. Never seen a camera. Never gotten a ticket (knocks on wood).

      Besides that, I'm not familiar with any other place in the US using speed cameras.

      But going beyond this, there will be war from drivers if/when this starts getting popular. Speed limits are already set ridiculously low in most areas of the country, not based on any traffic study, etc., but simply because whomever sits in the govt office building things X mph is good. So we got 25 where it should be 35+, 35 where it should be 50, etc. People have put up with it cause for the most part, getting caught was unlikely. While I shouldn't even get started on speed traps or cops/patrolmen who hide (usually in rural areas with open roads) to catch people speeding (where the limits are way too low), speed cameras just take this anger to a whole new level. And drivers won't take it.

      Red light cameras are fine with me. though it seems there have been a lot of abuse with this too. Cities shortening yellows to get more people caught....while spewing about how it is all about safety. If safety is paramount, increasing yellow lights by 1-2 seconds is a hell of a lot more effective than light cameras. But then again, long yellows bring in exactly $0.

      And then it gets even worse, because I believe most of us don't feel speeding is a serious issue. We ALL speed. Most of us all the time. If we worried about it, a lot fewer of us wouldn't do it. There comes a point when the gov't stops representing the will of the people, and I think speed limits is one of those (prohibition didn't work either). Meanwhile, while cops are out hiding, sitting around, wasting time to catch speeders, the real dangerous stuff never gets a crackdown. The guys weaving in and out of lanes. The a-hole doing the limit in the left lane while everyone else wants to do limit +20. People not using blinkers. People reading in the car. People putting on makeup. This is the crap that causes accidents, but speeding is the only thing that gets the focus. Probably because it is easy to catch, pays for itself, and with 30 years of trying to beat it into American's head's, we all know "speed kills" (sarcastic).

      At what point is the govt stop serving/representing the people and starts serving itself? We might be getting close.

      And finally, this GPS thing seems silly. I'm willing to bet they're going to have a lot of "speed traps" that don't actually exist (such as the Dan Ryan), and they're going to miss a lot while people get ticket after ticket. Aren't there those LP frames or that spray that makes it very difficult for cameras to pick up your plate number? Seems that might be a better bet?? Don't know if they work or not. but something like that seems to me will prevent you from ever getting a ticket due to camera, while the GPS can try to warn but doesn't actually prevent it. Plus, radar detectors scream "guilty" to a cop. A LP cover or some sort of spray will probably never get noticed. And even if you do get stopped, I doubt a cop would even say anything to you about it.

      anyway, I'm angry. Glad we're not there yet, but I won't take this. Not when limits are set too low, and especially not when fines are outrageous. $300 for running a red light?! thousands or tens of thousands for speeding in work zones (articles from autoblog)? Not going to take that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        B; All the things you mention that drivers are seen doing, makeup, reading, the limit in the left lane etc., etc are ticketed if seen by a Police Officer! Yes, I'm an X- Law Enforcement Officer and have written tickets for most of the violations you mention! Two of the most deadly are; RUNNING A RED LIGHT & SPEEDING! Even a paultry 5mph over the posted limit can get you a ticket in most states depending on WHERE YOU'RE DOING THAT 5MPH OVER! Especially in SCHOOL ZONES & HOSPITAL ZONES! I'LL LET YOU IN ON A SECRET THAT HAS BEEN TESTED IN NEARLY ALL OF THE LOWER 48 STATES; A LOW POWER LASER THAT WILL BURN THE RECEIVER OUT OF YOUR DETECTOR FROM 5 MILES AWAY ON LEVEL GROUND AND UP TO 500 YDS. IN HILLY AREAS! SO, IF YOU'RE USING A SPEED DECTOR AND YOU SMELL PLASTIC BURNING OR SEE A WISP OF SMOKE YOU'LL KNOW YOUR DETECTOR HAS BEEN IMMOBILIZED AND WHEN THAT TROOPER OR POLICEMAN/WOMAN WALKS UP TO YOUR DOOR AND ASK FOR YOU LICENSE AND INSURANCE PAPERS YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT AND DO NOT THREATEN TO SUE OR WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN CAUSE IT WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING, YOU'LL STILL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how lon it will take for state legislators to go after this new form of technology on the basis of national security or public safety.

      We all know automated law enforcement (speed and red light cameras) is about $$$ first, everything else second.

      -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unfortunately even though Passport was first with GPS and even has an USB to do exactly what the Cobra is promising to do, Passport has yet to release the software that allows the downloads.

      Way to blow your lead in the market Passport. I would love to get the GPS listings of speed traps on my detector. Too bad it'll probably be vaporware.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Passport also has the feature to ignore areas with false alarms that you can set yourself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lucky me, these are illegal to use in Manitoba.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can't argue either of your points.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess by that logic, I am the first to provide this link

      http://www.escortradar.com/9500i.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, that's almost a killer combo for me...

      The only part I object to is the need for Red-Light Camera detection... What, are you PLANNING on running red lights if there's no camera? Seriously - speeding is one thing. It's a whole other ball of wax when it comes to running red lights. People who run red-lights intentionally should be put in front of a firing squad along with drunk drivers.There's no excuse to habitually run red-lights. Now, if the device instead of telling you there was a red-light camera ahead, instead told you that you were rapidly closing on a light that is CURRENTLY RED or YELLOW, that would be much more useful - to prevent accidental runnings and the likely death that is to result.

      As far as the GPS, speedtrap detection, etc, I'm all for it. Nothing worse than clipping along at 52mph, the ONLY car on the road, on a perfectly smooth and straight section of pavement, and getting slammed for 52 in a 35 (since many roads are "default" 35mph regardless of conditions)... or slammed doing 63 in a 55 when you were one of the slowest cars on the highway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're overlooking a couple issues:

        1) Red light cameras make mistakes. They do not have the intelligence to make situational judgements based on safety like a well-trained person can.

        Example: there's a local red-light camera at a busy intersection near my work that regularly snaps off pictures of drivers who have to make late left turns (on a ripe yellow light or early red) because they sometimes get caught in the intersection when traffic slows and backs up. Maybe some tickets get tossed out when they're reviewed by actual humans and people can certainly fight the others, but the question remains: how is this adding to safety?

        2) Red light cameras cause some people to slam on their brakes to avoid getting a ticket or at least slow down rapidly so the speed on a red light photo is lowered (to avoid a speeding violation in conjunction), even if they could have traveled safely through the intersection without violating the law. Some studies show that red light cameras cause an increase in rear end collisions. Given this info, I'd like to know where the red light cameras are so I can be on guard for people who might slam on their brakes for no good reason.

        -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it a little weird that autoblog posts about this. BUT, im all for information. I know this thing exists, i now know better the technological advance that are getting to those tools. And it doesnt force me to get one or even suggest me to get one. So i dont see any problem with spreading this information.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not the first radar detector with GPS.

      http://www.escortradar.com/9500i.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought a Cobra radar detector. At around $100 it wasn't cheap, but thats about half the price you should pay for a good one aparently.

      Needless to say I will never buy another Cobra product again. It's basically garbage, barely detects police signals, constantly beeps false alarms (reminding me of every single garage door in the city) and is pointless. Save your money and buy something that is NOT a cobra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also, I am currently running Escort's built-in detector (SR7+). I am waiting for an update to this unit with the GPS capabilities so that I can give them my money.

      Are you listening Escort?
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