Not that any of us have a hard time with keeping under the speed limit, having a decent radar detector can give us a little extra peace of mind. What's even more interesting is seeing it paired with smart phones for more on the spot use of that reporting. Today we'll be checking out the iRadar, a police radar detector that runs in parallel with their app, creating a community reporting system.
Out of the Box
Right out of the box, the iRadar comes with an adapter and a suction cup mounting bracket, as well as instructions to get you on your way. One feature I noticed on cigarette adapter was that it also had a USB port on it. Since this radar detector is highly aimed at pairing with your smart phone, this just seemed like a perfect addition to allow for the high functionality you'd be hoping for.
The design is pretty simple, with a large mute button and volume control, the iRadar looks a lot like your typical radar detector. It offers 360 degree detection, and can detect all radar and laser guns.
First Hand Experience
The iRadar Detector works. It does pick up some stray signals, but nothing excessive, and even though it can be annoying at times, it's unavoidable with any detector. The 360 degrees of detection is also absolutely accurate. Having an officer behind my car, the detector went crazy and showed me that it was definitely working.
The app is one of the most interesting features to me. It allows users to mark areas where they've seen police scanning, and report other issues. It also shows a traffic overlay. Some apps have begun to do this in a solo capacity, but this is among the first I've seen that have operated in parallel with their own smart phone app. Your phone can connect with the radar detector via bluetooth, or operate independently. This aspect of the radar detector was priceless to me. The reporting will vary on how many owners are already in your area, but the capability and potential it brings to the table are worth watching.
Here is a list of features for their app:
I like the iRadar. As a stand-alone device, it works pretty well, and not that I was getting them before writing this, I haven't worried about getting a ticket since putting it into action. Pairing it with their app adds an additional level of coverage, being able to potentially see areas being watched before your radar detector is even in range.