Avoid speeding tickets with the iPhone

Cobra's new iRadar uses an app on the iPhone to display alerts from its radar detection module.

Cobra iRadar
Cobra's iRadar uses an app on the iPhone to show detection information. Cobra

Radar detectors are clunky things, suction cupped to your windshield with a big cord running down to a power point. But Cobra has found a way to lessen its new radar detector's footprint, by connecting it with an iPhone.

Cobra iRadar
The iRadar detection module is small, just over an inch thick. Cobra

Using an iPhone as the display for Cobra's iRadar, the actual detection module becomes a small, 4.5-inch-long unit with a height of just over an inch. It would look fine mounted permanently at the base of the windshield in most cars, or in front of the rearview mirror. Although you will still have to run a power cord to it.

The iPhone connects to iRadar via Bluetooth, and shows radar detector information on Cobra's iRadar app. The app displays warnings for K, Ka, X, and Laser, along with the vehicle's current speed and compass direction.

iPhones with iOS4 should support maintaining multiple active Bluetooth connections to different types of devices so, for example, you can connect it to iRadar and your car's Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

The Cobra iRadar is on sale now for $169.95.

Read the full CNET Review

Cobra iRadar

The Bottom Line: The Cobra iRadar is essentially a basic, albeit good, radar/laser detector. However, when paired with an iPhone running the iRadar app, it becomes a much more flexible and useful speed management tool. / Read full review

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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