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Now we're not suggesting that you're a lawbreaker, but if you're a social networker and you'd like to know where speedtraps are – for no reason at all – then Escort might be able to help. Makers of the Passport line of detectors, Escort has started a mobile app-supported network called Escort Live that features Bluetooth notifications.

When an Escort detector using a special Bluetooth-enabled cord – called SmartCord Live – registers a trap, it sends that info to the cloud, which then forwards that location to your smartphone to warn you of the trap if you're about to be in range. It can also identify red light cameras and other types of road surveillance systems.

The app works with certain Apple iPhone and Android handsets, and a subscription to the service through 2012 costs $79.95. That strikes us as rather pricy, but we suppose it's cheaper than a speeding ticket. Check out a video of it in action after the jump.

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ESCORT Introduces the Ultimate Real-time Ticket Protection Network - ESCORT LIVE™

ESCORT Inc today announced the introduction of ESCORT Live™, the ultimate real-time ticket protection network. ESCORT Live™ is the social network for the road where drivers share live alerts with other drivers so everyone in the network can drive smarter.

West Chester, OH October 24, 2011 -- ESCORT Inc (http://www.escortinc.com) today announced the introduction of ESCORT Live™, the ultimate real-time ticket protection network. ESCORT Live™ is the social network for the road where drivers share live alerts with other drivers so everyone in the network can drive smarter.

ESCORT Live™, now available directly from ESCORT, uses Bluetooth technology embedded in SmartCord Live™ cords and a unique app for the driver's smartphone. When alerts are detected, they are transmitted to the ESCORT Live™ "cloud" and then broadcast across the ESCORT Live™ network, notifying drivers of potential ticket threats. In addition to these live alerts, ESCORT's industry leading Defender® database of fixed position cameras and speed traps is also provided.

"ESCORT can provide the most advanced radar and laser defense on the market by utilizing the power of real-time, cloud-based sharing among drivers," ESCORT President and CEO John Larson says. "ESCORT Live is the social network for the road so you can know sooner, react faster and Drive Smarter."

The key to ESCORT Live™ is real-time national reach and scale. Currently there are more than a million compatible ESCORT or BELTRONICS radar detectors on the road in the United States. Multiply this data gathering and sharing process by millions of miles and driving hours and the result is a nation of protected ESCORT Live™ drivers.

Here's how it works: Imagine departing for the morning commute. Your neighbor's ESCORT radar detector encounters a laser gun; that alert information is relayed immediately to the ESCORT Live™ network as a confirmed "laser detected" threat. Later, as you head in the same direction, even when you are miles away from the waiting laser gun, your smartphone equipped with the ESCORT Live™ app displays a red "laser spotted" alert before you are in range.

ESCORT Live™ alerts are displayed with band, signal strength and frequency. Events spotted previously in the network are indicated by an "approaching live alert" message with directional location arrow and distance-to-arrive to the alert source.

Alerts appear at their coordinate location and are marked with an intuitive "heat map" decaying icon that changes color and transparency based on alert relevance.

The ESCORT Live app provides the latest available information on speed cameras, speed traps and speed limit data. Important driving data is displayed for compass heading, vehicle speed and over-speed alerts. Users are automatically updated with the latest detector software to optimize performance and eliminate false alerts. The app features map and dashboard views with multiple alert settings based on user preference.

"Following an ESCORT Live driver yields excellent information about what lies ahead because the first vehicle's alerts are seamlessly transmitted to other cars equipped with the ESCORT Live™ app," Larson says. "ESCORT Live is about drivers helping drivers in the ultimate live alert network."

ESCORT Live™ is available for select model iPhones and Android-equipped smart phones. Current ESCORT owners with compatible detectors can purchase the SmartCord Live power cord, smart phone app and ESCORT Live™ subscription through 2012 for a special introductory price of $79.95. For a limited time, customers can also purchase the ultimate live ticket protection package which includes a new ESCORT radar detector equipped with ESCORT Live™ through 2012 for a $100 savings.

"Our radar detector products have always provided drivers with the highest level of ticket protection in the marketplace," Larson says. "Now, with ESCORT Live™, ESCORT drivers don't need to be in the range of the threat, they just need to be in the network!" Get more details on the revolutionary ESCORT Live™ network at escortinc.com/escort-live or call 800-433-3487.

About ESCORT Inc.
ESCORT Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high-performance radar and laser detectors, Guardian Alert reverse obstacle detection systems, Entourage GPS enabled navigation and tracking products and other Drive Smarter products. ESCORT manufactures products under the ESCORT, PASSPORT, REDLINE, SOLO, Vector and BELTRONICS brands. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio with its principal manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Facts on radar detectors and speeding tickets:
- Radar detectors are legal in 49 states (only Virginia and Washington, DC prohibit their use)
- According to ESCORT, more than 50 million drivers receive a speeding ticket in the United States each year - about one in every four drivers
- According to trafficticketsecrets.com the average speeding ticket costs $150.00 and the average insurance premium increases $900 over the course of three years

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      • 3 Years Ago
      B.t.w, it's interesting how Escort assumes that I (or anyone else) would be willing to share my radar detector's "hits" with someone else, someone who might have an inferior model of radar or a broken radar, while actually wasting my own $80 each year and possibly getting no useful data in return from other users of this service... Not a very well-though way of doing business.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get this at all. Am I missing something here? I own 2 Escort 9500 detectors. I paid a substantial price for them, but they are the best in my opinion and have saved me a number of times on my motorcycle and in my truck (laser and X/K bands). They work great (no I do not work for Escort). I live is a rural area. Most of the police in this area use X and K band and they are MOVING when they hit me. So if I get this right, I pay $80 a year to transmit the location of where I was just hit by radar. BUT the cop was most likely moving. If the cop is on the move the location sent to the cloud is not valid seconds after the software reports the contact? Same comment as Chris - what about false alerts? So I am to buy a special cord for my Droid and pay a yearly fee to warn others and most of my warnings will not be valid seconds after they go to the cloud? Sorry Escort. I paid a pretty penny for your detectors. I am not paying you more for a special cord and yearly subscription. Silly/stupid idea in my opinion. Now if Escort wants to pay me to send radar hits to the cloud, or give me a free cord and no yearly subscription fee I would consider this. SORRY Escort, SUPER LAME IDEA!
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Trapster has way too many "false alerts", as anyone can mark whatever location they want to as "dangerous" and there's no way of verifying that, aside from other people (which is also highly unreliable method for many reasons) voting it "up".
        • 3 Years Ago
        I read something about this somewhere else... The advantage to this is that it Automatically sends the information to others rather than the user having to touch a button on the phone to send it to others. So it is more likely to recognize a trap
      • 3 Years Ago
      As you may know, Virginia is the only state that bans the use and sale of radar detectors. There is no evidence that the radar detector ban increases highway safety. Our nation’s fatality rates have fallen consistently for almost two decades. Virginia’s fatality rate has also fallen, but not any more dramatically than it has nationwide. Research has even shown that radar detector owners have a lower accident rate than motorists who do not own a detector. Maintaining the ban is not in the best interest of Virginians or visitors to the state. Some people will not drive in Virginia due to this ban. Unjust enforcement practices are not unheard of, and radar detectors can keep safe motorists from being exploited by abusive speed traps. Likewise, the ban has a negative impact on Virginia’s business community. Electronic distributors lose business to neighboring states and Virginia misses out on valuable sales tax revenue. Radar detector bans do not work. Research and experience show that radar detector bans do not result in lower accident rates, improved speed-limit compliance or reduce auto insurance expenditures. • The Virginia radar detector ban is difficult and expensive to enforce. The Virginia ban diverts precious law enforcement resources from more important duties and this ban may be ILLEGAL. • Radar detectors are legal in the rest of the nation, in all 49 other states. In fact, the first state to test a radar detector ban, Connecticut, repealed the law – it ruled the law was ineffective and unfair. It is time for our Virginia to join the rest of the nation. • It has never been shown that radar detectors cause accidents or even encourage motorists to drive faster than they would otherwise. The Yankelovich – Clancy – Shulman Radar Detector Study conducted in 1987, showed that radar detector users drove an average of 34% further between accidents (233,933 miles versus 174,554 miles) than non radar detector users. The study also showed that they have much higher seat belt use compliance. If drivers with radar detectors have fewer accidents, it follows that they have reduced insurance costs – it is counterproductive to ban radar detectors. • In a similar study performed in Great Britain by MORI in 2001 the summary reports that "Users (of radar detectors) appear to travel 50% further between accidents than non-users. In this survey the users interviewed traveling on average 217,353 miles between accidents compared to 143,401 miles between accidents of those non-users randomly drawn from the general public." The MORI study also reported "Three quarters agree, perhaps unsurprisingly, that since purchasing a radar detector they have become more conscious about keeping to the speed limit..." and "Three in five detector users claim to have become a safer driver since purchasing a detector." • Modern radar detectors play a significant role in preventing accidents and laying the technology foundation for the Safety Warning System® (SWS). Radar detectors with SWS alert motorists to oncoming emergency vehicles, potential road hazards, and unusual traffic conditions. There are more than 10 million radar detectors with SWS in use nationwide. The federal government has earmarked $2.1 million for further study of the SWS over a three-year period of time. The U.S. Department of Transportation is administering grants to state and local governments to purchase the SWS system and study its effectiveness (for example, in the form of SWS transmitters for school buses and emergency vehicles). The drivers of Virginia deserve the right to the important safety benefits that SWS delivers. ***With the SWS, Radar Detectors may be able to receive Amber Alerts.*** Please help to repeal this ban and give drivers in Virginia the freedom to know if they are under surveillance: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-the-virginia-radar-detector-ban http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121180977905712 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Repeal-the-Law-462-1079/244547988902810 Tell Friends and Family about this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, so complicated. Just obey the speed limits and be done with it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interested to see how it avoids just transmitting false readings, especially laser because of the various vehicles now shooting laser for their goofy cruise controls. I don't need to know about more of those... : (
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally. Real time threat assessment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't Apple and Google explicitly say they weren't going to allow apps like this?
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