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Escort SmartRadar

Radar detector with separate display and iPhone® compatibility

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Item # 036SMRTRDI

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Our take on the Escort SmartRadar™

Escort's SmartRadar radar detector does more than just give you rapid updates on threats — it also lets you keep your detector out of your field of view by hiding it behind your rear-view mirror. And it works with Escort's exclusive Escort Live!™ smartphone app to let you get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road. You'll also see radar alerts and other helpful information on your iPhone's screen.

Out-of-sight protection that works with your smartphone

Escort's SmartRadar radar detector does more than just give you rapid updates on threats — it also lets you keep your detector out of your field of view by hiding it behind your rear-view mirror. And it works with Escort's exclusive Escort Live!™ smartphone app to let you get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road. You'll also see radar alerts and other helpful information on your iPhone's screen.

Escort SmartRadar radar detector behind rear-view mirror
Escort SmartRadar radar detector standard display controller on rear-view mirror

Three-piece system

The SmartRadar's compact control module fits behind your rear-view mirror, out of your line of sight for safer driving — it connects directly to your vehicle's fuse box for power. The system's display controller mounts on the front of your rear-view mirror, giving you alerts, signal strength readings, and text messages for programming user preferences. Finally, the Escort Live! app (available free from the Apple® App Store™) allows your iPhone to display a wealth of real-time information right on your phone, including instant updates from other drivers on the road.

The display controller gives you a 280-character alphanumeric LED display, with on/off capabilities and adjustments for mute, brightness, and sensitivity. You can choose from three different types of meter displays to help you keep track of threats, including up to eight radar signals at the same time.

Full Escort protection

The SmartRadar gives you the trademark Escort protection you're used to, including long-distance warnings for X, K, and Ka bands. Multiple laser sensors offer additional security. The detector's SmartShield VG-2 immunity makes it invisible to most radar detector detectors.

Escort's proprietary Traffic Signal Rejection software goes even further to reduce false alerts. It weeds out strong K-band signals emitted by common highway traffic flow sensors, eliminating meaningless alarms so you can stay focused on the real threats.

Plenty of features

The SmartRadar offers seven programmable features and three sensitivity modes, including AutoSensitivity that lowers sensitivity as your speed decreases. You can also adjust mute and brightness settings, voice and audio alert tones, and go into fully dark mode when the need arises.

Escort SmartRadar radar detector Escort Live! iPhone app

Using the Escort Live! app

The Escort Live! app lets your iPhone communicate with the SmartRadar detector. You must pair your phone with the SmartRadar 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.

The Escort Live! app lets you mark potential radar locations for future reference, as well as lock out spots that consistently generate false alerts. You can get traffic information for your current location to help you avoid potential delays. The app also adds several features to SmartRadar, including multiple user displays, elimination of false alerts, and notifications for speed limit changes.

You'll have to pay a subscription fee for Escort Live! services to work within the app after the included free 12-month subscription ends — rates are $4.99/month or $49.99/year, and are subject to change without warning.

Sorry, but we cannot ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia.

Product Highlights:

  • radar/laser detector with Bluetooth connectivity
  • compact mirror-mounted display controller with 280 LED alphanumeric display
  • suction-cup windshield mounting bracket and self-adhesive velcro mounts
  • direct-wire kits for detector and display controller
  • 7 programmable features
  • detects 3 radar bands and laser
  • Traffic Sensor Rejection software eliminates false alerts from roadside traffic flow sensors
  • digital voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and POP
  • 3 sensitivity modes, including AutoSensitivity
  • SmartShield VG-2 immunity (invisible to radar detector detectors)
  • Mute, AutoMute, and SmartMute modes
  • display includes band and signal strength meter or actual radar frequency
Escort Live! app available free through Apple App Store
  • 1 year free subscription to Escort Live! service with detector purchase (subscription fees apply after end of free trial)
  • connects to SmartRadar via Bluetooth
  • dashboard mode or map view on iPhone touch display
  • provides GPS warnings for speed and red-light cameras and reported radar hotspots

What's in the Box:

  • SmartRadar receiver unit
  • Mini Display/Controller with attached 8" cable (RJ-14 modular plug)
  • 9.5' Direct-wire power cord with in-line fuse
  • 9" Power cord (rearview mirror power connection)
  • Suction cup mount for receiver unit
  • 2 Spare suction cups
  • Self-adhesive mount for receiver unit
  • Self-adhesive Velcro mount for receiver unit
  • Self-adhesive mount for Mini Display
  • Two 4" wire ties
  • Wire tap
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Reference Manual
  • Letter from Escort CEO

Escort SmartRadar™ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

range not very good

ajb from Keene, NH on 7/28/2012

I have had the detector about a week. It was very easy to install and wire into my mirror. The escort live app does not compare to trapster which really isn't that great in Northern New England to begin with I just completed over a 1000 miles of daytime driving and recieved not one alert. If I am listening to the radio but not through my iphone I cant hear the alerts as the speaker on the unit turns off and only uses the weak iphone speaker. The speaker on the unit is loud enough to hear over the radio with the volume up. I really like that it displays the frequency of the radar being transmitted.

Pros: everything needed to mount the radar is included hard wire or mirror power as well as a nice suction cup and permanent mount. The display is clean and easy to read. when listening to pandora on my iphone through the car speakers alerts cut in seemlessly to warn me. Allows my to use my bluetooth for hands free calling while connected. iphone 4s I havent had an alert while on the phone and connected to escort live so not sure how that will work.

Cons: Range. Went past many traps in VT and also they have radar mounted to the portable road traffic warning signs. I would not get a warning until I was about a 1/4 to half mile away. If I don't know about the radar until I am that close its not going to help me slow down in time. will probably return and try another detector and if no improvement in range just not use one.


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Features and Specs

X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Yes
Laser Front/Rear
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection No
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts Display
Audible Alerts Vox/Tone
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack No
Visor Clip No
Straight Cord Yes
Coiled Cord No
Case Included No
Battery Powered No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Escort SmartRadar radar and laser detector can be used as a stand-alone unit or integrated with your iPhone via Bluetooth. It is fully compatible with Escort Live! which allows you to receive live radar and laser alerts from other drivers in your area. The package includes a receiver unit that is designed to be mounted unobtrusively behind your rear view mirror and a Mini Display that can be mounted on your windshield or clipped to your mirror.

Escort Live! The SmartRadar is fully compatible with Escort Live!, which allows you to receive live radar and laser alerts from other nearby drivers. Escort Live! works with your iPhone (iOS 4.1 or higher) through an app available for download from iTunes. Once your phone is paired with the SmartRadar unit, the app provides several intuitive displays and access to all user settings. You'll get instant access to other drivers on the road who provide real-time protection and advanced warning for active speed traps.

Radar/Laser Detection: SmartRadar includes full X, K, and Superwide Ka radar detection capability. In addition, multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning with superior off-axis protection. You can set the unit for Tone or Voice Alerts, as well as visual alerts on the Mini Display or your iPhone.

Shifter Z4 Laser Shifting System: The optional Shifter Z4 laser-shifting system includes three highly sensitive laser transceivers that detect laser signals and transmit back a pulsed signal to "shift" or confuse the targeting laser gun. Once you have corrected your speed, you can manually turn off the transceivers to avoid undue attention from the officer

Display Options: SmartRadar's Mini Display contains 280 individual LEDs to provide an ultra-bright display. You can choose from three types of meter displays:

  • Standard Bar Graph: When radar is detected, the band of the radar (X, K, or Ka) is displayed, along with a precise bar graph of the signal's strength.
  • ExpertMeter Display: Up to 8 radar signals (two Ka-band, two K-band, and four X-band) are simultaneously tracked. This mode can help you spot a change in your normal driving environment.
  • SpecDisplay: Displays the actual numeric radar frequency being received.

EZ-Programming: SmartRadar is ready to use right out of the box. However, you can program the unit to reflect your unique driving preferences. You can set the Power-On Indication, Meter Type, AutoMute, Display Brightness (including Full Dark Mode), Voice or Audio Tones, and selectable Radar and Laser bands.

Installation: The unit comes with two straight power cords: one short and one long. The short one is for obtaining power from a powered rear view mirror. The long one is a direct wire cord that obtains power from the vehicle's fuse box. The receiver unit can be windshield mounted using the supplied suction cup mount, or dash mounted using the supplied self-adhesive Velcro strips.

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