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Escort SmartCord Live for Android™

Enjoy long-distance radar protection through your smartphone

7 Reviews | 1 question - 2 answers

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Smarter radar protection with the Escort SmartCord Live
If you've already got an Android smartphone, Escort's SmartCord Live can help turn your Beltronics or Escort windshield radar detector into an even more potent traveling tool. Through the Escort Live!™ service, you'll get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road, plus you'll see radar alerts and other helpful information on your phone's screen. Once you've downloaded the free Escort Live! app from the Android Market, you're ready to let the fun begin.

Smarter radar protection with the Escort SmartCord Live
If you've already got an Android smartphone, Escort's SmartCord Live can help turn your Beltronics or Escort windshield radar detector into an even more potent traveling tool. Through the Escort Live!™ service, you'll get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road, plus you'll see radar alerts and other helpful information on your phone's screen. Once you've downloaded the free Escort Live! app from the Android Market, you're ready to let the fun begin.

Here's how it works: you're cruising and another Escort Live! user ten miles ahead of you on the same road detects a laser or radar signal. Once they come across the source of the signal, they'll verify it to Escort Live! and it'll automatically become available to you. If you're running the app, you'll get an instant notification of the threat in your area and how recently it was reported. As you approach the source of the signal, you'll see its proximity on your phone's map screen so you can be on the lookout.

How the Escort Live! service works
Escort Live! uses your phone's GPS information to alert you to threats in your vicinity reported by other Escort users. The service also employs a database of red-light and fixed-position radar cameras for added security, giving you access to a real-time home for verified radar hotspots all over the country. You'll have to pay a subscription fee ($39.95 per year) for Escort Live! once your free trial with the Escort SmartCord Live purchase ends one year from the date of registration.

Crowd-sourced protection
Escort Live! gathers its data from compatible Escort and Beltronics radar detectors on the road — as soon as a threat is reported by a user, it goes into the Escort Live! database, notifying other users in the vicinity via the app. The newest threats reported to Escort Live! appear in red, then change to orange after a few minutes, then yellow before disappearing after an hour.

Using the Escort Live! app
The Escort Live! app lets your Android phone communicate with your compatible Escort or Beltronics radar detector through the SmartCord Live. You must pair your phone with the SmartCord Live through your phone's Bluetooth® connection. Once they're paired and you're running the app, you'll be able to see important radar warnings on your phone in the map mode. Or view it in dashboard mode to check your speed, the speed limit, radar sensitivity, and compass heading. You can even customize the app to complement your driving style.

You can also report your own radar encounters using the app to inform other Escort Live! users on the road. When your detector alerts you for a radar or laser signal ahead, you can use your phone to report a possible threat, then use the SmartCord Live's report button to confirm the source and type of the alert, so other drivers know what to look for.

The Escort Live! app also lets you mark potential radar locations for future reference, as well as lock out spots that consistently generate false alerts. The app also features traffic information for your current location to help you avoid potential delays.

SmartCord Live features
The SmartCord Live replaces your current detector's power cord and plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet. It features indicators for alerts and power/Bluetooth, as well as a mute button that can be used to lock out or unlock a false alert. A mini-USB input allows connection to your computer for downloadable software updates from Escort, while a USB 2.0 port lets you charge a portable electronic device while the SmartCord Live is in use.

Important note: Escort SmartCord Live is compatible with most Beltronics and Escort windshield detector models dating from 2003 and newer. A firmware update may be needed to utilize Escort Live! on certain models.

Product Highlights:

  • SmartCord for use with compatible Beltronics/Escort windshield radar detectors and Escort Live! app
  • connects to Escort Live! app on Android OS via Bluetooth
  • 12-volt power plug
  • USB port for charging portable electronics
  • mini-USB input for downloading software updates
  • mute button and Escort Live! report button
  • indicator lights for alerts and power/Bluetooth connection
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Escort Live! app available free through Android Market
  • connects to SmartCord Live and compatible Escort/Beltronics detector via Bluetooth
  • dashboard mode or map view on Android phone touch display
  • provides GPS warnings for speed and red-light cameras and reported radar hotspots

What's in the Box:

  • SmartCord Live (made for Android)
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • "Thank You" note

Escort SmartCord Live for Android™ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

escort Bluetooth power cord

Stulwig from Mooresville, NC on 5/8/2015

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The escort Bluetooth power cord for android greatly extends the capability and flexibility of my escort redline. Being able to quickly reconfigure the sensitivity of the detector has mad it more useful during those long trips. The conectivity with the escort app provides community sharing of detector finds as well as sightings without active radar. I use mine switching back and forth between the escort App and Waze navigation app.

Pros: Crutchfield ship order fast and accurate. Product fulfills all its claims.

Cons: None so far. I understand they may be releasing a new Bluetooth power cord that support both android and apple soon but that may be rumor

Escort Smartcord Live

Keith from Indiana on 1/25/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love It...

Pros: Easy to use....

Cons: None

Awesome device

WayneA from Cleveland, OH on 1/20/2015

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Awesome device. Syncs without issue and works famously. Combined with my 8500 x50, I've been saved from at least two tickets.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: None


Dekhr from Texas on 1/14/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

ESCORT's "Black" edition of the latest version of the Escort 8500 X50 can be paired (bluetooth) with a smartphone which utilizes GPS, etc. To make such interface, one has to acquire ESCORT's SmartCord "Live" and load ESCORT's APP (ESCORT "LIVE") onto one's smartphone. I have a Samsung Galaxy III which works beautifully with the detector via ESCORT's App (simply follow ESCORT's instructions). ESCORT's SmartCord provides a USB plug-in for one to keep the smartphone charged up (great idea). The whole system works fine and opens up a new world of traveling with GPS, radar/emergency detection, and the ubiquitous Google map. Right off the bat we were impressed and realized that ESCORT really hit a home run with this interface. It doesn't let anything get by without notifying. That's good and bad. Good because it does and bad because we are new users and haven't figured how to control the unit to "our" satisfaction ... yet. Time is on our side and we are excited about this new "perfect-fit" technology. Crutchfield helped in the decision process by providing good input on the system and by having a great buy on the ESCORT 8500 X50 and ESCORT SmartCord combination. Always pleased with Crutchfield's quick service.

Pros: An ESCORT Product

Cons: None

Software could be beter

Nosferatu from Michigan on 7/29/2012

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I understand the software is in it's infant stages but on Android it needs some work. First off, how about integrating it into the stock navigation program so if I'm using it I can see the overlay of Escort Live instead of having two maps running at once. Secondly, it's hit & miss with updating the speed limits in the area. Sometimes, it's dead accurate and then the next day same place it'll randomly just freeze on a set speed limit.

Pros: Works as advertises, adds extra functionality to the radar detector.

Cons: It's in it's infant stages so alerts are sparse. Also, read my review.

Works good after some snags

Bram from Bay Area, CA on 4/6/2012

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Ran into some snags in the beginning trying to update via PC but worked eventually worked. Pairing with my EVO phone didn't go as smooth. Seemed to work good when you pair first via the phone vs the Escort App. Once it's paired it's good to go. I have only been using it a few days but it is fun to use so far. Haven't got any radar alerts from other users yet. I wish everyone had one. For the most part, I'm happy with it. Still some bugs though.

Pros: GPS map works great, shows MPH, speed limit and google map. My phone lets me pair to the smart cord and audio of my stereo the same time. Lets you update the firmware of you detector Fun to use once you get it working. has extra usb jack so you can charge your phone while using it. Finally something cool for the Android

Cons: pairing and updating smartcord didn't go to smoothly Speed limits are way off sometimes. Usually in the highway. Not enough other users yet.

driving is a visual act

thawyzard from Miami on 2/26/2012

Good idea, but taking my eyes off of the road to use the smart cord is plain stupid!!!!! In Miami i will be killed quickly. Please tweak this technology so it becomes auditory. Otherwis it appears to work adequatelyl




Hands-on research

Product Research



Overview: The SmartCord Live (for Android) is a revolutionary cord that provides easy access, via Bluetooth, to the ultimate real-time ticket protection network, Escort Live, from your Android smartphone. By adding the SmartCord Live (for Android) to your Escort or Beltronics detector, you'll be connected to other detector owners on the road from your Android smartphone. Imagine millions of scouts giving you miles of advanced warning for speed traps and other traffic related threats. Simply add SmartCord Live, download the app to your Android, and get instant access to the most powerful ticket protection network.

Note: The SmartCord Live (for Android) requires a compatible Escort or Beltronics radar detector, and Android smartphone with installed Escort Live app.

Detector Compatibility: The SmartCord Live (for Android) is compatible with select Escort and Beltronics Radar Detectors. including the Passport 9500ix, Redline, and most Passport 8500 X50 models.

Note: Passport 8500 X50 owners (before 2008), please call Escort customer service at 1-800-543-1608 (8am-6pm, M-F).

Android Compatibility: The SmartCord Live (for Android) is compatible with select Android smartphones (running Android OS 2.2 or later). Your Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

Escort Live App: The Escort Live app uses your Android smartphone to create the ultimate display and control panel for your Escort or Beltronics detector. It presents all of the information in two driving modes; dashboard mode and map mode. In both modes you get speed limit data for major roads and interstates, plus heading and quick access to live traffic in your area. An over speed limit feature keeps you alert to speed limit changes, plus you get easy access to your detector and application settings. In map mode, you can easily see your relevant position to live alerts and fixed position (cameras) ticket threats, so you can be alert and drive ticket-free.

Note: The Escort Live app (for Android) is available from the Android Market.

Escort Live: Escort Live is social networking for the road. It connects the community of Escort radar detector owners (known as "Escort Nation") together to bring you the most accurate network of live speed traps, speed cameras, and red light cameras which are updated in real time. Unlike other apps that rely strictly on users to spot police cars, Escort Live alerts you to real radar and laser alerts received from your Escort or Beltronics detectors; and broadcasts the real threats while filtering out false alarms.

Note: The SmartCord Live (for Android) comes with a free subscription for one year from time of registration. After that, you will need to pay a $39.95 per year subscription fee.


Report Button: Push this button to manually report to other uses a verified X or K-band alert, or a police officer observing traffic.

Mute Button: Push the Mute button to silence an alert. Push this button three times to lock out or unlock a false alert.

Alert Light: The Alert light blinks read when receiving an alert and remains solid orange when receiving a locked-out alert.

Power/Bluetooth Light: The Power/Bluetooth light is solid green when the power is On, blinking blue when connected to your phone, or solid blue when connected to Escort Live.


Lighter Adapter: The cigarette lighter adapter connects to your vehicle's lighter/accessory 12-volt socket.

Mini USB Jack: The miniUSB (type-B) jack connects to your computer via Mini-B/USB-A cable (sold separately) for downloading software updates.

USB Jack: This USB (type-A) jack charges your connected phone via optional cable (sold separately).

Modular Connector: The modular connector (RJ-11) plugs into your Escort or Beltronics radar detector.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

The smart cord is a stretchy 1.5 feet. Stretches longer, probably close to double the length. I don't know if another cord would work as the blue tooth capabilities are built into the cord itself. I had a problem with my cord and the blue tooth connectivity wouldn't work. Had to have it replaced under warranty by Escort. Hope this helps. [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Smart cord is same lengh..Sorry don't know the answer about the warranty.. [ DAVID  Dec 01, 2014 ]