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I just noticed there is a new version of the iOS drive smarter app. I have downloaded it and it has some improvements:
  • All detector settings for the MaxCam360c can now be viewed and modified from within the app.
  • Improved stability and better connectivity to the MaxCam360c.
  • Additional languages added.
And some nagging issues still remain:
  • Speed limit data won't update while app is in the background. The app has to be in the foreground to have the detector's display update. This includes the history or "threats" list.
  • If you select the "Dash" tab, the phone's screen will timeout and turn off. You have to keep it on the "Home" tab to keep the phone alive and the screen on.
  • Escort "live" alerts appear on the map, but I drove right up to one and the neither the detector or app ever alerted to the cloud alert or that I was approaching one.
  • Videos won't load, or are extremely slow to load and even then it only loads a few of them with dark thumbnails and incorrect date and time stamps.
So far, I have verified I can view and modify the detector settings. It also appears to re-connect without me having to close the app and re-launch etc. BUT not all the time. For example it won't re-connect for me if the app is in the background. I still have to bring the app to the foreground to get it to connect.

I still couldn't get it to load my videos. I sat there watching the loading spinner for a couple of minutes and then it errored out with a "socket connection error", so more improvements are needed there. ugh.

I will do more testing with it tomorrow when I take it for a drive. I want to verify that it will function in the background (updating speeds etc), maintain the alert list, and to see if the overspeed option works where it didn't before.

-Mark
 
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Thanks for the heads up and initial thoughts! I just updated and checked and yeah it has some new options now like adjusting the segmentation. The ordering is weird, but fortunately it has it now. :)

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I can live preview the dashcam’s view like before, but video thumbnails are still black and playback isn’t working either. Little by little I guess.
 

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Android too.
 

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Took it for a drive...

  • Speed limit data won't update while app is in the background. The app has to be in the foreground to have the detector's display update. This includes the history or "threats" list.
  • If you select the "Dash" tab, the phone's screen will timeout and turn off. You have to keep it on the "Home" tab to keep the phone alive and the screen on.
  • Escort "live" alerts appear on the map, but I drove right up to one and the neither the detector or app ever alerted to the cloud alert or that I was approaching one.
More to come...
 

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They just updated the app yesterday.......still does not work with the RL360c....what a joke! It can 'see' the RL, it shows it as an option, but still fails to connect just like the prior version.
 

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My detector connects to the internet in the profiles page and writes connected. However, when choosing that play button at the bottom to view the videos recorded, it shows that white banner connecting to and never connects. Last night, I let it try to connect for 15 minutes. Tried deleting the profile and changing up the settings and nothing fixes it. Software is still a wreck. The band selection menu is orderly and not out of whack like Vortex's photo, don't know how that happened lol. Escort really needs to go the route of hiring a 2nd party to do the apps for the company and better yet, open it for 3rd party support. They're nuts that they don't do this.
 

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My detector connects to the internet in the profiles page and writes connected. However, when choosing that play button at the bottom to view the videos recorded, it shows that white banner connecting to and never connects. Last night, I let it try to connect for 15 minutes. Tried deleting the profile and changing up the settings and nothing fixes it. Software is still a wreck. The band selection menu is orderly and not out of whack like Vortex's photo, don't know how that happened lol. Escort really needs to go the route of hiring a 2nd party to do the apps for the company and better yet, open it for 3rd party support. They're nuts that they don't do this.
Escort's app has always been another company developing it for them. The company originally made an app that crowd-sourced V1 alerts.

I think they would have been better-served by buying the rights to that app exclusively and developing the app in-house, and releasing an API for their detectors so others can roll their own apps.

Instead we have what we see today. An Escort Live app that has the same bugs as when it was released, limited usefulness, and now a Drive Smarter app that appears to not even work on a basic level.
 

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My detector connects to the internet in the profiles page and writes connected. However, when choosing that play button at the bottom to view the videos recorded, it shows that white banner connecting to and never connects. Last night, I let it try to connect for 15 minutes. Tried deleting the profile and changing up the settings and nothing fixes it. Software is still a wreck. The band selection menu is orderly and not out of whack like Vortex's photo, don't know how that happened lol. Escort really needs to go the route of hiring a 2nd party to do the apps for the company and better yet, open it for 3rd party support. They're nuts that they don't do this.
Just send it back like I did. You know their is something wrong when my RL 360c works in my 2022 BMW X2 with the AT&T Spark set up that Escort has on their web site works as it should. The MaxCam in the same car won't even hook up to the Spark WiFi nothing works with it in my BMW. Make sure you send it back BEFORE your 30 day return window is up or you will be stuck with it. If you can't get thru to them call your credit car company and put the transaction in depute so you don't pay for it.
Escort has to learn NOT to put new detectors on the market that don't work as advertised. The only way they will change is if we send them back.
Down the road if and when they fix ALL the problems I may buy it back but not until it's 100%
 

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Escort's app has always been another company developing it for them. The company originally made an app that crowd-sourced V1 alerts.

I think they would have been better-served by buying the rights to that app exclusively and developing the app in-house, and releasing an API for their detectors so others can roll their own apps.

Instead we have what we see today. An Escort Live app that has the same bugs as when it was released, limited usefulness, and now a Drive Smarter app that appears to not even work on a basic level.
Thank you for your reply. Something needs to be done for sure as the current formula doesn't work.

@Bluelinex the software, beyond updating the detector, is not the most important to me. Of course it would be nice if it worked. I drove today on the highway without one false alert. Then on some state route there was a store with x band door openers. The arrows transitioned perfectly, not slightly after. The ramp up was better than any Escort detector that I have seen. I like the detector itself. I will hold on to mine. I will definitely get another one months only because I think they're really neat and I enjoy having them. I do recommend letting any Escort product marinate on the market for a year. I personally love their design and build.
 

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I ran it again this morning and was able to watch previously recorded videos this time, so it's flaky, but it can work. I'm gonna reshoot my whole review video today since some things have improved. The second take is usually better than the first anyways. Time to get to it. :)

Thanks for the heads up too @VinsentPuhov that your settings are ordered properly in your phone too, glad that's working properly for you.
 

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I ran it again this morning and was able to watch previously recorded videos this time, so it's flaky, but it can work. I'm gonna reshoot my whole review video today since some things have improved. The second take is usually better than the first anyways. Time to get to it. :)

Thanks for the heads up too @VinsentPuhov that your settings are ordered properly in your phone too, glad that's working properly for you.
I know how the search for perfection goes. I have a job that encourages OCD, lol. I can't wait to see your work. It will be good getting onto the next one too.

Yeah, I think it has some of the best filters on the market, good range (obviously not the best), and the ramp up/ arrows finally tuned just right. Dashcam is decent, great video, but you lose license number grabbing abilities about 2 car lengths out. The off axis video also doesn't allow for the numbers. However, for insurance claims it is more than sufficient.

My opinion, should one get it? Wait a year unless you only want a standalone unit. The price is eyewatering for any issues. Redline is expensive as it is. 👍

Thank you
 

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Has anyone been able to connect the MaxCam to a phone (either iPhone or android) hotspot? The Drive Smarter app is able to "see" and connect to my home wifi network just fine. However, Drive Smarter does not "see" my iPhone 12 hotspot (either with/without compatibility mode).
 

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I had the app on Today. Nothing worked on the phone with the app itself, but the detector showed the speed limit of the road that I was on. So it connected via Bluetooth, as I understand.
 

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Has anyone been able to connect the MaxCam to a phone (either iPhone or android) hotspot? The Drive Smarter app is able to "see" and connect to my home wifi network just fine. However, Drive Smarter does not "see" my iPhone 12 hotspot (either with/without compatibility mode).
I was able to, but not directly. I had to add a network to my home WiFi by the same name, connect both my phone and the MaxCam to that, and after that it connects to my iPhone 13 fine without compatibility mode either.

I wish they just let you type in a network name without being associated to it.
 

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Has anyone been able to connect the MaxCam to a phone (either iPhone or android) hotspot? The Drive Smarter app is able to "see" and connect to my home wifi network just fine. However, Drive Smarter does not "see" my iPhone 12 hotspot (either with/without compatibility mode).

you need another phone or windows tablet for that. if your phone cant see your own phone hotspot, this thing wont either. use another phone or windows tablet with the same hotspot name. my M2 able to see my phone hotspot but wont connects. Redline360 connects to it no problem.
 

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I was able to, but not directly. I had to add a network to my home WiFi by the same name, connect both my phone and the MaxCam to that, and after that it connects to my iPhone 13 fine without compatibility mode either.

I wish they just let you type in a network name without being associated to it.
I will give that a try....thanks!
 

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I will give that a try....thanks!
The other suggestion to use a second phone/tablet works too. But either way this is ridiculous. Every IOT device I’ve set up has a mode that lets you type in an “Other Network”.
 

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I downloaded the new version for my M2 dash cam and I still cannot take a photo via the app. It makes a camera sound as if it takes a picture, then a few seconds later shows this error message.

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