New app from Escort helps beat speeding tickets

New Social Network App Beats Speeding Tickets

The best speeding ticket is the one you never get. Owners of Escort manufactured radar detectors who also own iPhones (and soon Androids) can now get instant updates on approaching laser and radar traps well in advance to help beat speeding tickets.

The way Escort helps you beat speeding tickets is through its SmartCord Live power cord. It feeds information via your Smart phone to an Escort cloud that alerts you to approaching laser and radar police speed traps. Thus, you never get a speeding ticket, which more than covers the introductory price of $79.95.

For that price, you get the SmartCord Live power cord, smart phone app and Escort Live subscription through 2012. You can't just download the app. Your vehicle needs to be equipped with the power cord and your phone needs to be connected via Bluetooth to the SmarCord. SmartCord Live is compatible with PASSPORT 9500ix, RedLine and most PASSPORT 8500 X50 Models.

“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 said in an announcement of the new technology. “Escort Live is the social network for the road so you can know sooner, react faster and drive smarter.”

How important are radar detectors to your peace of mind? According to information supplied by Escort, the short answer is: very. More than 50 million drivers receive a speeding ticket annually in the United States, which Escort says represents about one in every four drivers. (Some drivers will get more than one speeding ticket in a year – they're called future bicyclists.) According to the average speeding ticket costs $150 and the average insurance premium increases $900 over the course of three years.

Ouch – one speeding ticket could end up costing a driver more than $1000 once all the fines and insurance premium hikes are figured in. Keep in mind – that's just the average. In some states, you're going to end up paying a lot more than that.

The key to Escort Live is real-time national reach and scale. Currently there are more than a million compatible Escort or Beltronics radar detector 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.

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 for a special introductory price of $79.95. For a limited time, customers can also save $100 on the ultimate live ticket protection package, which includes a new Escort radar detector equipped with Escort Live.

Escort Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high-performance radar/laser detectors and premium automotive accessories. Escort manufactures products under the Escort, Passport, Solo, Vector and Beltronics brands. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, with its principal manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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