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Passport IQ gps with radar detector built in by Escort

caryrae 92 Points
http://www.escortradar.com/iq/

Raise your driving intelligence with the all-new PASSPORT iQ™
The world's first and only automobile accessory that integrates: state-of-the-art radar/laser detection, speed camera and speed limit information, 3D GPS navigation, and more, to protect you from unwanted tickets and guide you safely to your destination. Take a 30-day worry-free test drive today.

Price is $650

Power Switch: Switches PASSPORT iQ on or off, or locks the screen

Charge Light: Red-Unit is plugged in, and battery is not fully charged Alternating Red and Green-Battery is almost completely charged Green-Battery is completely charged

LCD Screen: 5" touch-sensitive screen

USB Port: Used only for connecting PASSPORT iQ to your PC or laptop to download software updates or charge the battery

Reset Button: Press to reset the device if unit stops responding

Power Jack (telephone-type jack): For connecting your SmartCord to power PASSPORT iQ with your vehicle's battery

Audio (Earphone) Jack: For connecting 3.5 mm mono earphone

SD Port (Micro) : For adding future optional features

Alert Light: For indicating radar or laser alerts

Rear Laser Lens: For receiving laser alerts

Audio Speaker: For audible alerts and voice prompts

External GPS Port: Accepts external GPS device for improved reception

Mount Release Button: For conveniently releasing PASSPORT iQ from the windshield mount

Front Laser Lens: For receiving laser alerts (ensure clear view of road ahead)

Radar Antenna: For receiving radar alerts (ensure clear view of road ahead)

PASSPORT iQ™ boasts the following state-of-the-art performance and features:

• Personal navigation system comes complete with Navteq mapping, branded points of interest,
speed limit data, and lane assist.

• AutoLearn™ feature automatically learns and rejects false radar sources based on exact location and frequency.

• New proprietary threat-signal ranking (TSR) software intelligently sorts, ranks, and rejects traffic-flow
monitoring false alarms automatically.

• Cruise Alert feature offers modified radar alerts within specified speeds.

• Defender Database stores thousands of red-light and fixed-position speed cameras throughout North America.

• Revolutionary AutoSensitivity™ mode provides real-time radar performance based on vehicle speed, plus
Highway and Auto No X settings.

• Mark Location feature allows you to instantly "mark" known speed traps, cameras and other places of interest.

• Exclusive SpecDisplay™ provides actual numeric frequency for any radar signal.

• Selectable radar and laser bands allow you to customize which bands are monitored.

• Exclusive SmartCord for easy access to Mute and TrueLock™ features.

PASSPORT iQ™ Includes: 5" GPS/radar/detection device, SmartCord, USB cable, Mounting bracket, Owner's Manual on CD and Quick/Reference Guide, 90 day trial for Defender® Database.

SmartCord
The SmartCord is a special power cord with a power-on indicator (which only lights up when PASSPORT iQ is turned on), a bright LED alert light that warns of radar or laser, and a mute button right on the plug for convenient access to PASSPORT iQ's Mute and TrueLock features. It's perfect for any car where reaching the device's mute button on the windshield is a stretch.

Optional Power Cords
An optional Direct-Wire SmartCord is also available. This version includes a small display module that can be wired directly into your electrical system, with a 10-ft. straight cord to route to your PASSPORT iQ.

Specifications:

Operating Bands
X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
Ku-band 13.450 GHz ± 25 MHz
Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth

Radar Receiver/Detector Type
Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
Scanning Frequency Discriminator
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

GPS Receiver
SiRFstar III

Laser Detection
Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes


Display Type
5" LCD Screen with OneTouch User Interface
480 x 272 Resolution

Power Requirement
12-volt DC, Negative Ground
Escort SmartCord Included

Auto-Calibration Circuitry

SmartShield VG2 Immunity

Dimensions
5.35" W x 3.71" H x 1.62" D

Comments

  • Just saw these on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Looks interesting :lol:
  • I just got an new Passport iQ. This is only my second day with the unit, but I already know enough to write a review. I'll probably update it as I play with it a little more, but I can easily summarize: Save your money.

    This is a preliminary review, base on two short trips, one from Tysons Corner, VA to Newington (Springfield), VA, the second from Newington to my home near Reston, VA. At this point I can only really address the GPS, as I didn't encounter any radar or laser traps. (Funny how the desire to ensure "safety" lessons when it's pouring down rain, huh?)

    Anyway, while I think this may have the potential to be the most useful detector on the market, my initial impression is that the GPS is laughably immature. I'll address most of my comments in the order I experienced them, but I'll address the most serious issue first: the directions it gives can be quite misleading.

    Heading north on the Fairfax County Parkway (7100), as it approaches

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Fairfax County Parkway, Herndon, VA&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=31.095668,75.849609&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Fairfax County Pkwy, Herndon, Fairfax, Virginia&ll=38.843886,-77.373705&spn=0.007454,0.018518&z=16

    approaches route 29, 7100 curves to he left. To get to 29 or 608, you exit to the right. This GPS wanted me to take rt. 608, but the verbal direction it gave me was "remain straight on 608, West Ox Rd." If "remain straight" has any meaning it has to mean to stay on the road you're on, and not to take an exit ramp to get on a completely different road. I find this unacceptably misleading. I'm sure my Garmin would instruct me to "exit right to route 608."

    Back to the chronological trip review.

    The most amusing, or perhaps amazing, flaw in this unit: it doesn't know what time it is!

    During the initial setup, I had to choose my time zone. I'm in the U.S. eastern, so I picked that, and left the default "auto daylight savings time" setting. Then I programmed in my first route, and the GPS said I was going to travel back in time, arriving at my destination earlier than the current time.

    So I went back to the settings options and confirmed that I did, in fact, have the right time zone set. (If a GPS knows where I am, why can't it automatically set the time zone?) Then I switched from auto daylight savings time to manually setting DST to on. Then the GPS showed what appeared to be the correct arrival time. Switching back to auto DST made the time wrong again. How many years ago did the US switch the end of DST to the first Sunday in November? How could the supplier of the GPS software possibly get this wrong? Or maybe it's not the GPS software. This thing runs on Microsoft Windows CE 6.0. Maybe the OS is getting it wrong. Either way, this seems indicative of the quality of the GPS software.

    It did create an accurate route from Tysons to Newington, excepting the recent construction for the new part of 7100 near I-95. But if it couldn't do that, it would be pretty sad. It provides good voice prompts, including spoken street names, and a "lane assist" feature that's pretty nice. It shows you, graphically, which lane(s) you should be in where there are multiple choices. Going from 495 to I-95 south, for example, there are 4 exit lanes, 3 of which are valid choices. The GPS showed a graphic of 4 lanes, with green arrows in the correct three. For the most part it gives voice prompts in plenty of time. But...

    There's a mile between where I got on the highway and the next major interchange. The iQ warned me FOUR times in that one mile to keep left on I-495. And then once more just after I passed the interchange. That's beyond information, and into annoying.

    The next finding is amusing more than anything else, but when directing me to exit to I-95 south the spoken directions said to take I-95 "ss". Not the letter S, not the word south, but the sound the letter s makes. Like "hiss" without the "hi." Like you would explain the sound the letter s makes to a child who's just learning to read. "I-95 ss." I'm glad it repeated this multiple times, because the first couple of times I thought I was just hearing it wrong. Oddly enough, when I got off onto Backlick Rd "S", it said the word "south."

    Strangely, it seems to use a different database for the spoken directions than the onscreen directions. Getting off of I-95 at Backlick Rd., the spoken directions said "Backlick." But the on-screen directions said "Fullerton" Rd, which intersects with Backlick a mile or so further on. Another error.

    In spite of that, it did get me where I needed to go. And when I had to ignore it's directions because of construction, it recalculated very quickly.
  • Again, it got me home without any real issues, except for the aformentioned confusion about the exit off of 7100. But I did notice a couple of oddities.

    On the southbound side of 7100 there used to be a red light camera. It's been out of use for years, and it never photographed the north bound lane at all. But as I approached it heading north, the GPS warned me of a red light camera. I suppose a false positive is better than not being warned at all, but it does make me wonder about the accuracy of the database.

    Finally, when approaching a turn, the GPS announces the turn 1 mile, then 1/2 mile, then 1/4 mile ahead of the turn. Again, that's annoying. I'm old, but my memory's not that bad. And then it gives a final notice to "turn right" just as you're in the middle of the turn (or just as you're driving by, if you missed it) when it's too late to do any good. Again, annoying.

    Finally, although I need to spend more time playing with it, the GPS features seem pretty basic. I don't see any way to easily customize a route to force it to take the specific roads you want. It does have a detour function, but I don't see a way to favor shorter routes over faster ones, or to avoid highways or u-turns or toll roads. And it doesn't seem to have any traffic data capability. I'll have to see if it can figure out HOV lanes tomorrow. There also doesn't seem to be any way to build a route on a computer and download it. Functionally, the GPS seems to be closer to a $99 GPS than an advanced one.

    $650 seems, so far, like a LOT of money for what this offers, but I'll keep playing with it and report again after I've got more time with it
  • Used it again on my way to work this morning.

    I know that Navteq makes HOV (car pool) information available in their mapsets, because my Garmin takes advantage of it. The iQ does not. To get to work this morning, it wanted me to take a road which is HOV only during rush hour. If I were from out of town, and blindly following the GPS, that would have resulted in a rather expensive ticket.

    The user interface is poor for a device that supposed to be used while in motion. Here's a situation I encounter pretty frequently: I'm using the GPS on surface roads to get to a highway. On the surface roads, I have the volume pretty low, but once I'm on the highway, at 65 - 70 mph, I need to turn up the volume. On the iQ, it takes 5 taps on the screen, through multiple layers of menus, to get to the volume control, then however many taps you need to change the volume, then 4 or 5 more taps to get back to the map. All while trying to pay attention to the road. At a minimum, there should be a "return to map" button available all the time.

    Changing brightness requires similar interaction. This is the only GPS I've used, I think, that didn't have an automatic brightness control to dim the screen as evening fell.

    I'll play with this for a few more days, but I've pretty much made up my mind it's going back to Escort. Even with the radar detector built in, there's no way this is worth $650.
  • Great Review, thanks for all the intel. In theory it seems like an ideal device being a combination of the radar detector and a GPS.
  • Thanks for the review, since I am interested in both "gadgets. I know another website that would like your review when you find out how the detector side of it works. I know that the radar detector antenna is a modified version of a not to well liked (by RD geeks) :wink: myself includes, by Belscort.
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