Cobra Road Scout Review
The new Cobra Road Scout is Cobra's first dash cam integrated model and is the first of Cobra's new Elite series.
- Cobra Road Scout is Cobra's First Elite Series Model
- Sleek Contemporary Binocular Design
- Integrated Detector & Dashcam
- Full 1080p30 HD Video Recording
- Dashcam Automatically Records while Driving
- High Performance & Very Good Sensitivity
- Loop Recording in 1, 3, and 5 Minute Times
- GPS Photo Enforcement Database
- WIFI Support Video Playback & Download
- Built-in Bluetooth
- Integrates with the Cobra iRadar App
- Automatic Firmware Updates via WIFI
- Quick-release Single-Cup Magnetic Mount
- 4-band Detection (X, K, Ka, Laser)
- Very Good BSM K-band IVT Filtering
- Bright OLED Display
- Band Frequency Display
- Speed Display
- Clear digital voice alerts
- 1-Year Cobra Manufacturer's Warranty
The Cobra Road Scout's digital signal processing brings a high level of detection performance and very good filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems.
The new innovative Cobra Road Scout detector and dash cam enables drivers to have protection from traffic enforcement as well as a continuously running dash cam all in one unit for seamless operation.
Cobra has created a brand new product segment and we believe the Road Scout represents the biggest innovation since the incorporation of GPS into a detector. We're certain this new detector is going to develop a sizable following.
Long Range Detection
The Road Scout offers very good alerting range to police radar.
Cobra's IVT (in-vehicle technology) filter does a good job of filtering out K-band collision-avoidance systems found in many vehicles.
Easy Advanced Programming
You can easily program the Road Scout via the Cobra iRadar smartphone app.
A full-color OLED display provides a wealth of driver information including, radar frequency, signal strength, speed traveled, and posted speed limit.
Clear Digital Voice Alerts
Clear audible alerts will provide you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.
There are three connectivity options:
- Bluetooth is used for controlling the radar detector portion using Cobra’s iRadar app. A video tutorial can be found below.
- WIFI CAMERA MODE, allows control of the dash cam configuration by way of Cobra’s Drive HD app
- WIFI RADAR MODE, allows the detector to pair with an existing hotspot in the vehicle to access updates and Defender/Aura data without the need of the iRadar app
Supports wireless firmware updates via WIFI.
Warranty and Support
Your Cobra comes with a 1-year manufacture's warranty.
Comes shipped to your door with everything you need including windshield mount, 12-volt accessory power cable, and instruction manual.
Do I need a professional installer?No. The detector was designed to make your driving experience enjoyable, so installation is simple. Refer to the app or use the quick start guide inside the package to set-up your new driver awareness device.
Is the detector illegal to use?With the exception of Virginia and Washington D.C., radar detectors are legal in passenger cars throughout the United States
Is the detector 50% Radar and 50% Dash Cam?The detector is designed with the most accurate radar/laser detection technology integrated with a HD dash cam to capture the unexpected. This intelligent and high performance driver awareness system detects red light camera, speed camera and live law enforcement locations in real time and records the road ahead, which can be used for insurance claims or accidents.
Do I need the app to work with the it?No, you do not need to open the iRadar and Drive HD apps to operate the detector or the dash cam.
Can I just drive with the radar detector and not use the dash cam or vice versa?This compact threat detection system was designed to give you layers of protection. Combining both radar/laser technology with the dash cam video allows drivers to drive with confidence. However, drivers can mute the dash cam portion of the system.
What is the Dash Cam's field of View?
The field of view has a 154° diagonal viewing angle.
What is the image quality of the Dash Cam?
The Dash Cam delivers high definition FHD 1920x1080p and 30fps with an enhanced resolution for day or night driving.
What is the detection range?The detector's proprietary and radar/laser detection reach will keep you protected from red light cameras, speed cameras, live law enforcement locations and crash avoidance from relevant distances. You’ll also know in advance of threats ahead of you.
How do I finance this device?
All purchases of $99 or more can pay over time with PayPal Credit. No interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more. Just use the PayPal Credit in PayPal check out. See terms and conditions for more details.
How often will I receive software updates?Updates occur when warranted.
Is it Wi-Fi enabled?
Yes.It is Wi-Fi compatible for software updates.
How often is the alert database updated for red light camera, speed camera and live law enforcement locations?
The Defender Database is typically updated weekly. When connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, it will automatically notify you when a database is available.
What is the size of this detector?
The compact design is for the minimalist. This stylish and sophisticated device complements any dashboard and is powerful enough to proactively scout road threats ahead. Dimensions: 4.38” L x 4.35” W x 1.63” H. Unit Weight: 8.0 oz.
Does the dash cam portion have continuous looping?Yes. It is both a radar detector and dash cam which continuously records the road ahead and easily plays back any event that occurs in front of your vehicle.
What is the difference between the two apps - iRadar and Drive HD?The Drive HD app allows you to view, edit and download your videos wirelessly. It incorporates its own Wi-Fi source to stream video directly to your phone, save, edit and share right from your car.
When it's connected to the the iRadar app, drivers can share and receive alerts - red light cameras, speed cameras, live law enforcement and other threats - in real time.
X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth
Radar Receiver / Type
Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
Scanning Frequency Discriminator
Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes
Graphic Multi-Color OLED
5 Levels of Brightness with Full Dark Mode
Clearly spoken alerts
Max Video Resolution: 1080p Full HD
Sensor: Sony Exmor
Processor: Ambarella A12
microSD Card Size: 16GB
(Expandable to 64GB)
Field of View: 154°
Video Format: .MOV
12VDC, Negative Ground
SmartCord USB Included