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Cobra Road Scout

Elite Series radar detector and HD dash cam with Bluetooth®

Item # 079ROADSCO

The Cobra Road Scout combines two great technologies — radar detection and high-definition video...

The Cobra Road Scout combines two great technologies — radar detection and high-definition video...

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About the Cobra Road Scout

A pair of road-friendly devices in one

The Cobra Road Scout combines two great technologies — radar detection and high-definition video recording — in one compact device to help keep you aware of your surroundings and on top of incoming threats. This radar detector/dash cam provides instant updates on radar bands near your vehicle and its unique display offers all the info you need at a glance, so you'll have evidence at the ready in case you're involved in an accident or other incident on the road.

A pair of road-friendly devices in one

The Cobra Road Scout combines two great technologies — radar detection and high-definition video recording — in one compact device to help keep you aware of your surroundings and on top of incoming threats. This radar detector/dash cam provides instant updates on radar bands near your vehicle and its unique display offers all the info you need at a glance, so you'll have evidence at the ready in case you're involved in an accident or other incident on the road.

Advance warning

The Road Scout shields you against X-, K-, and Ka-band radar signals, plus multiple laser threats. Digital signal processing lets this detector sniff out potential issues quickly. Cobra's advanced sensors look for the signature of each signal the Road Scout encounters, weeding out false alerts and getting the information to you more quickly. It also features Cobra's Traffic Signal Rejection and In-Vehicle Technology filters to keep false alerts triggered by roadside monitors and collision warning systems from nearby cars to a minimum.

Unique design

The Road Scout's futuristic design features two large circular keypads with a circular display between them. The dash camera sits at the end of the device, next to the radar antenna array. The full-color LED display is customizable and easy to read. The easy-to-recognize icons and graphics really stand out on the detector's screen, allowing you to see the functionality of the detector and dash cam at the same time.

You'll also get voice alerts in English or Spanish so you can make timely decisions while keeping your eyes on the road. A rotary dial around the "Mark" button allows for quick adjustments to the Road Scout's volume.

HD dash camera

Cobra outfitted the Road Scout with a 1080p dash camera, boasting a Sony Exmor image sensor and an Ambarella A12 processor. It offers a 154º field of view to capture all the action nearby, along with enhanced night vision to keep the images from getting too dark. You can program the camera to record in continuous loops of 1-, 3-, or 5-minute lengths. It'll even let you add date, time, and location info to the videos, and you can capture the audio with the Road Scout's microphone. A built-in G-sensor locks the most recent video footage in case you're in an accident.

Cobra includes a 16GB microSD card with the Road Scout, and it's compatible with cards up to 64GB. An included micro-USB cable lets you transfer video content to your computer, where you can edit using Cobra's Drive HD software for computers.

Built-in Wi-Fi® capability

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to make wireless software updates, so you can keep your Cobra up-to-date without having to plug your detector into a computer. These updates occur automatically as warranted. You can also transfer dash cam video wirelessly to your phone via the Cobra Drive HD app. You need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot to take advantage of these features.

Cobra Drive HD app for video stuff

Cobra's free Drive HD app lets you get the most out of the Road Scout's dash cam. With the app on your phone, you can instantly access the Road Scout's dash cam content via a Wi-Fi connection. You can see what the camera's recording in real time, or transfer stored videos from the Road Scout to your phone for editing and sharing, whether it's with friends, the police, or your insurance company. You can also adjust the Road Scout's dash cam settings through the app.

Cobra also offers a free version of Drive HD for computers (Mac and Windows® operating systems only) via their website.

Roadside camera database

The Road Scout comes with a preloaded database of safety, red-light, and radar camera locations across North America, allowing the detector to warn you when you get near. You'll need a subscription and a Wi-Fi connection to update the Road Scout's database — update subscriptions are available through Cobra's website. There's no way to update the detector's database through a wired data transfer.

Mark locations

Just tap the large "Mark" button to tag locations along the road where the speed limit drops quickly, or where you might encounter heavy enforcement. The Road Scout will warn you when you approach them in the future. Or press the mute button at the location of a known false signal — the detector will remember the signal, muting the alert the next time you pass by. You'll hear an alert if another type of signal comes from the same location. The AutoLearn feature can even lock out false alarms after three encounters with them in the same location without you having to do anything at all.

The iRadar app keeps you in the loop

The Cobra iRadar app is a simple way to get your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone involved in reducing your stress while driving. The app combines your GPS location information with real-time reports from other Cobra and Escort radar users to keep you abreast of potential threats in your vicinity. You can also use the app to report your own sightings of enforcement or other potential travel hazards, which will then be instantly available to other Cobra and Escort users. The app also alerts you to major changes in the posted speed limit, so you can stay on top of the situation.

With built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can simply pair the detector with your phone for instant wireless communication between the detector and the app — no additional hardware or cords needed. The Cobra iRadar app is free to download, but a subscription fee is required to use some aspects of the iRadar service — Cobra includes a 1-year trial of the iRadar Premium service with purchase of the Road Scout detector.

Fully loaded

In addition to the 16GB SD card, Cobra includes a travel case, an EZ Mag windshield mount, and a 12-volt SmartCord in this package. The SmartCord features smart and coiled sections and allows you to see alerts when the detector's in fully dark mode, or to mute the detector without touching it.

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Product highlights:

  • radar/laser detector and HD dash camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS protection, and preloaded database of red-light and radar cameras
  • EZ Mag windshield mount
  • also includes 16GB microSD card, padded case, micro-USB cable and straight/coiled SmartCord cord with mute button and alert LED
  • micro-USB input
  • color LED graphic display
1080p HD Dash Camera:
  • works with the free Cobra Drive HD smartphone app (also available for computers) for transfer to smartphone, editing, and sharing
  • precision Sony Exmor image sensor
  • 154° field of view
  • enhanced night vision
  • continuous loop recording (1, 3, or 5 minutes)
  • built-in G-sensor detects accidents and impacts and automatically saves recordings
  • allows date, time, and location stamps on videos
  • detects 3 radar bands (selectable) and Ka-POP
  • laser protection
  • digital voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and Ka-POP
  • Traffic Sensor Rejection software eliminates false alerts from roadside traffic flow sensors
  • In-Vehicle Technology filtering eliminates false alerts from collision warning systems
  • sensitivity modes: highway, Auto (speed-based), and Auto No X
  • 8 programmable features
  • Mute, AutoMute, and SmartMute modes
GPS Features:
  • camera database updates requires connection to a Wi-Fi network (wired updates not available)
  • "Mark Location" feature remembers points for future warnings
  • AutoLearn feature remembers sources of false signals and mutes alerts
  • over-speed alert
Bluetooth Features:
  • wireless compatibility with Cobra iRadar real-time service through smartphone app (1-year free trial subscription included)
Wi-Fi Features:
  • wireless compatibility with Cobra Drive HD smartphone app for video transfer and editing
  • wireless software updates when connected to a Wi-Fi network or in-vehicle hotspot

What's in the box:

  • Radar detector/dash camera
  • Suction cup windshield mount
  • 16GB Micro-SD card (installed in dash cam)
  • 40" USB cable (Micro-B on one end / Type-A on other end)
  • Smart Cord USB lighter adapter w/ 28" coiled cord
  • Micro-SD card case
  • Zippered hard-shell carry-case
  • Quick start guide
  • Service&Support information
  • BILT App download information
  • Product registration

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Radar Detector
Dash Camera


Overview: The Cobra Road Scout 2-in-1 driver alert system combines a high-definition front-looking camera with a long-range radar detector, into a single compact module that easily mounts to any windshield.

Radar Detector

Radar/Laser Detection: The Cobra Road Scout detects X, K, Ka band radar signals, including those from "instant on" radar guns, as well as laser detection. For best results, the unit must have a clear view out the windshield and back window. The Road Scout monitors the following frequencies:

  • Radar Operating Bands: The display shows the following radar bands along with a multi-segment LED meter indicating signal strength.
    • X Band: 10.525 GHz
    • K Band: 24.150 GHz
    • Ka Band: 34.700
    • Laser: 904nm / 33MHz bandwidth

Display: The Road Scout is equipped with a 1.25", easy-to-read full color display with bright band identification icons and a 12-segment signal strength indicator. The display will show your current speed along with the Speed Alert MPH. This will give you a voice prompt when the set speed is exceeded. You can adjust the intensity of the display using the BRT (Brightness) button with 5 brightness levels including Full Dark Mode.

Visual Alerts: The display includes the type of signals detected, as well as a numeric indication of the signal strength. Laser detection is indicated with a glowing "L".

Tone & Voice Alerts: The unit will sound alerts and confirm user settings with an audible tone alert as well as an audible voice announcement that can be activated/deactivated in the setup menu.

Auto Mute: Auto Mute automatically reduces the volume of all alerts after a few seconds after the beginning of an alert. A dedicated Mute button lets you manually select Mute.

IVT Filter: The unit has an In-Vehicle Technology (IVT) Filter that reduces false alerts caused by modern safety devices found in recent vehicles. Blind spot systems and collision-avoidance system use radar-like signals to alert you of oncoming traffic or vehicles trailing in your blind spot. Adaptive cruise controls can monitor the distance between your vehicle and one you're following. The IVT Filter can distinguish between these signals and real radar signals, and will keep your detector from emitting a false alert.

Windshield Mount: The supplied windshield mount adheres the detector magnetically, and attaches to the windshield using a suction cup mount. The angle can be adjusted for best visibility.

Smart Cord: The Cobra Road Scout gets powered via the provided Smart Cord 12-volt DC power adapter ("cigarette lighter adapter") with a 28" coiled-cord. Along with powering the Road Scout, this features an Alert LED, indicating Laser detection, a Power LED, and a Mute button for muting an audible alert. The Smart Cord also features a USB charging port (Type-A, 2.0A output) for powering/charging portable devices.

Cobra iRadar App: The award-winning Cobra iRadar app, available from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, gives you access to the world's largest community-based radar, laser, and camera detection system. You can receive alerts in real time from millions or other iRadar users, plus you can share your alerts as well. You get warnings of upcoming speed cameras, red light cameras, known speed traps, and dangerous intersections from other iRadar users or through Defender®, the industry's largest database of red light, speed, and mobile cameras. The iRadar app is compatible with Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.0 or later, and Android devices running version 5.0 and up.

Dash Camera

Camera Overview: The Cobra Road Scout's built-in dash-camera provides a continuous recording of the road ahead and can even warn you of upcoming red light cameras, speed cameras, and police enforcement locations via the Cobra iRadar app. A built-in G-sensor can detect impacts and will automatically protect the footage around that time. The iRadar app will also embed location, time and date information into the recorded video, protecting your side of the story in the event of an accident.

HD Video: The Road Scout's built-in dash camera features a Sony Exmor sensor and can record video at 1080P resolution for crystal clear recordings in both day and night conditions. Designed for set-and-forget operation, the unit will turn on and start recording each time power is applied to it, after the initial setup is completed. When power is removed, the dash-cam will safely stop recording and shut down.

Continuous Loop Recording: Video footage is recorded to the included 16GB micro-SD card (expandable to 32GB) in a continuous loop fashion, with the oldest footage getting overwritten when the card becomes full. Footage is stored in 3, 5, or 10 minute clips, making it easier for reviewing and transferring to a computer for editing. An Emergency Record button on the rear-panel of the camera allows the currently captured video to be saved and won't be overwritten.

Wide View: The Cobra dash-camera provides a 154˚ wide-angle view of the road and peripherals while minimizing edge distortion.

G-Sensor: The Road Scout features a built-in 3-axis accelerometer that can sense sudden accelerations, stops, and collisions, and will automatically protect video footage around the time of the impact. The G-sensor features 3 sensitivity settings, with 1 being the most sensitive and 3 the least, or can be turned off completely.

Microphone & Speaker: The Cobra dash-cam features a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing audio to be recorded along with video. This feature can be turned off if desired.

Micro-B USB: A micro-B USB port lets you connect the Road Scout to your computer for downloading captured video clips.

Cobra Drive HD App: The Cobra Drive HD App, available from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, lets you view and edit captured video footage on your smartphone.

Wi-Fi: The Cobra Road Scout can connect to your vehicle's Wi-Fi (if applicable) for convenient software and database updates. It's compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n).

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Why wont my road scout power on and the smart cord has a green and red light showing green and red light showing on smart cord?
[ Paul  Apr 05, 2021 ]
2 answers
Sounds like a connection issue. Try your radar detector in another automobile. Does it show green and red. If so, the problem may lie in the radar detector it self. My Roadscout wil flash green then to red if I have an alert. Otherwise it is green.
[ MARK  Apr 06, 2021 ]
You have to hold down the power button for 2-4 seconds.The green light indicates that the cord is plugged into a power source. The flashing red light indicates that the radar detector is picking up frequency signals such as Laser detectors red light cameras and etc...
[ Shane  Apr 06, 2021 ]
Can this product output video through a wired connection to a media player infotainment receiver system from Pioneer for example?
[ Jerry  Oct 18, 2020 ]
1 answer
I don't think so the live camera and the replay videos pop up in the app to see the videos
[ Shane  Oct 18, 2020 ]

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