Evading the long arm of the law, as we all know, is infinitely easier with a radar detector onboard — and even easier if said detector is hooked up to a cloud. That’s the idea behind the SmartCord Live, a new power cord from the eagle-eyed folks at Escort. Once connected to your car’s radar detector and lighter socket, this Bluetooth-enabled bundle will communicate with your iPhone or Android handset through a specialized app. Once that’s taken care of, you’ll be hooked up to Escort Live — a so-called “social network for the road.” There, you’ll find access to Escort’s Defender database, full of real-time geographic information on verified speed traps, red light cameras and other roadway surveillance systems. Once your detector picks up a threat, you can press a “report” button on the cord or app to instantly send out a big “five-oh” to all other Escort users in the area, while boosting your Karma quotient, in the process. Find out more about the cord and its corollary system, after the break.
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