Cobra DualPro 360 and Cobra Road Scout Announced (1 Viewer)

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Looks like a Cobra-branded Max360/GT-360 and a hybrid RD/dashcam, both retailing for $450. We've seen the Cobra Scout before, but this is the first time I've heard of the DualPro.

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Cobra DualPro 360°


Engineered in the U.S., the new Cobra DualPro 360° is a true connected 360° radar and laser detector that alerts drivers of traffic enforcement on their journey, including red light cameras, speed cameras, radar-based live speed enforcement locations and other road threats. Exclusive In-Vehicle Technology™ (IVT) filter (recognition of false alerts resulting from other vehicles radar-based ADAS systems), patented AutoLearn® technology, and GPS-based filtering prevent false alerts and improves location accuracy to provide drivers with timely, up-to-date conditions.

Key features of the Cobra DualPro 360°:
  • Front and rear advanced sensors
  • 360° directional alert arrows
  • Updatable Defender GPS database
  • Updatable IVT Filter and Advanced DSP to reduce false alerts and improve accuracy
  • Customizable high-resolution multi-color graphic display
  • Wirelessly connects to the iRadar app for community-based alerts and speed limits
The Cobra DualPro 360° and Cobra Road Scout Elite allow drivers to automatically report and access road hazards and activity through the next generation iRadar app, which generates 100 million sensor-based alerts annually, to build the dynamic road conditions database that is accessible to all iRadar-enabled products from Cobra.


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Cobra Road Scout Elite


The 2-in-1 Cobra Road Scout Elite includes a high-definition dash cam and highly accurate radar and laser detection system. The Cobra Road Scout contains sensors to detect live radar-based speed enforcement locations, while also alerting drivers of upcoming red light and speed cameras utilizing the Cobra and ESCORT Defender Database. In addition, the Cobra Road Scout is a connected radar, which means it can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot for automatic in-vehicle software and GPS database updates.

The integrated dash cam lets drivers record their trip with crystal-clear, editable video that automatically embeds the location, date and time. The dash cam can help drivers tell their side of the story for insurance claims or incidents, allow parents of teen drivers to see footage of their teen’s driving behaviors, or just record the road ahead for fun. The new Cobra Road Scout’s design complements any dashboard – car, truck or SUV – and can be easily installed by the driver. Its incorporated Wi-Fi transmitter also allows the user to view, edit and share videos from their smartphone.

Key features of the Cobra Road Scout Elite:

Radar Detector
  • Maximum False Alert Filtering for improved Accuracy: filters out radar frequencies from new vehicles’ Collision Avoidance Systems and other ADAS systems as well as patented AutoLearn® technology to self-correct from sensors that create false alerts
  • GPS-based filtering prevents false alerts and improves location accuracy to provide drivers with timely, up-to-date conditions
  • Defender Database alerts drivers in advance to red light and speed camera locations
  • Superior range, response time & accuracy, powered by high tech sensors and advanced DSP technology
  • Connected car Wi-Fi compatible for live, in-car software and Defender Database updates
  • Wirelessly connects to the Cobra iRadar app for community-based alerts and speed limits
Dash Camera
  • Full HD 1080p video, optimized for day or night recording
  • Drive HD app enables drivers the ability to view, edit and share videos directly from their smartphones via the Road Scouts embedded Wi-Fi
  • Internal GPS records speed and location information on all video files
  • Continuous loop recording
  • Automatic video saving upon impact with a 16 GB Micro SD card
 

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Thanks for posting that up!

So the DualPro 360 looks like it's basically a repackaged Beltronics GT-360, plus WiFi like the Max360c. They made the bronze bezel and trim rose colored and put the Cobra name on it, and it connects to Cobra iRadar instead of Escort Live (though they share alerts now), but otherwise it looks like it's pretty much the same thing.

On that note, is the GT-360 being discontinued? It's no longer on Escort's or Beltronics' site, and it's showing up as out of stock everywhere.

The Cobra Road Scout looks like an interesting idea. Not sure I'm sold on the design, but I like the idea of having a dashcam integrated into the RD. Good to see that it has autolockouts now too.

I'm curious if the RD is any good, given that they're now borrowing from Escort's technology, or if it's gonna be another low end performer. Looking at the FCC teardown photos, the internals of the RD look pretty basic.

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I noticed on their website they also mention a dual antenna and dual LNA's, but looking at this photo, it's a single ridged antenna and I only see one LNA.

I do like that, like the DualPro 360 (saying that is gonna take some getting used to), it has WiFi for automatic firmware and RLC DB updates like the Max360c though.
 

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So the DualPro 360 looks like it's basically a repackaged Beltronics GT-360, plus WiFi like the Max360c.
It's interesting that the price point is less than the GT-360 and Max360 since it includes WiFi. I wonder if there are any changes under the hood that will reduce performance below the Max360(c), or whether it is limited in firmware?
 

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It's interesting that the price point is less than the GT-360 and Max360 since it includes WiFi. I wonder if there are any changes under the hood that will reduce performance below the Max360(c), or whether it is limited in firmware?
That's a good question. I'm assuming it'd be the same, but I guess we'd have to test and see. For $450 though, in the same league as the Max360, I'd hope the performance is comparable.

For the GT-360, they did remove some features like the Standard Plus alert tones, but it still had K / Ka band segmentation. Maybe they'll remove some additional features like that since it's now being sold as a Cobra.
 

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On that note, is the GT-360 being discontinued? It's no longer on Escort's or Beltronics' site, and it's showing up as out of stock everywhere.
Maybe they just moved all manufacturing from the GT-360 to the DualPro? Case and design looks identical, and the DualPro is available to order now on Cobra's website (while the Scout says "coming soon"). Also, there is no new FCC filing for the DualPro while the Scout showed up at the FCC several weeks ago.

I wonder if the GT-360 had WiFi capability built-in but never activated? It's possible that the chip they're using for BT also supports WiFi.
 

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I've never seen a company re-release the same products over and over and over again as much as Escort. They have enough trouble writing/updating firmware as it is, now they just keep adding more of the same (with minor changes) that most likely require even more work. If you have a product that works, just keep selling it. Look at the V1, been the same for a very long time and still holding strong due to the reputation.

Take the 'Passport', they removed the BT and called it an 'x70', then brought it back later "introducing" BT calling it the 'x80'. I really would love to know where their marketing rep got their degree lol.

It will be interesting to see how this compares to the GT360 version in testing if/when that happens.
 

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I remember back when escort bought cobra. It was asked whether escort would boost cobra up in the quality department OR cobra would bring the escort products down. HUH
 

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I don’t believe the Dual Pro has WiFi. Marketing may have messed that up.

We will see.
Maybe they could take a second look at the "dual antenna" and "dual LNA" comment as well while they're at it.

Looking at the FAQ for the DualPro, here's what it states:

Is the DualPro Wi-Fi enabled?

The DualPro 360° wirelessly connects to the iRadar app for community based alerts and speed limits.
That doesn't really answer the question, but it does point to still needing the app.
 

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Maybe they could take a second look at the "dual antenna" and "dual LNA" comment as well while they're at it.

Looking at the FAQ for the DualPro, here's what it states:



That doesn't really answer the question, but it does point to still needing the app.
guess that means we can just fill in the blanks
 

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No I didn’t test or anything like that. I don’t know. But I asked Cobra and they told me yesterday it did not have WiFi.
see above remark, you should know. :) you rarely say something unless you know the answer, just my observation of you :)
 

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Looks like Cobra just updated their website and removed the reference to WiFi on the DualPro 360.

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Good thing I haven't shot my videos about these detectors yet because I'd have to go and reshoot the whole thing. Time to go and update my website.
 

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Looks like Cobra just updated their website and removed the reference to WiFi on the DualPro 360.

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Good thing I haven't shot my videos about these detectors yet because I'd have to go and reshoot the whole thing. Time to go and update my website.
@KASHER1979 is on the ball. mans on vacation but still watching RDF now that's dedication, or an addiction, you decide :)
 

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Someone send me both detectors and I’ll be happy to test with the Most difficult radar guns and dash radar units on all bands.
 

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Someone send me both detectors and I’ll be happy to test with the Most difficult radar guns and dash radar units on all bands.
That'd be great to see a test. Given that no one has them yet and the Road Scout is currently only available for pre-order, you can always order some and then take advantage of their 30 day return policy if you don't like the detectors or don't want to keep them.
 

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