Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Setting a New Dash Cam Benchmark

Surely, we have proven ourselves to be good at a host of different things, but to be completely honest, the one area where are best at is growing on a consistent basis. This unwavering commitment towards improving, no matter the situation, has brought the world some huge milestones, with technology emerging as quite a major member of the stated group. The reason why we hold technology in such a high regard is, by and large, predicated upon its skill-set, which guided us towards a reality that nobody could have ever imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, if we look beyond the surface for one hot second, it will become abundantly clear how the whole runner was also very much inspired from the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component, in fact, did a lot to give the creation a spectrum-wide presence, and as result, initiated a full-blown tech revolution. Of course, the next thing this revolution did was to scale up the human experience through some outright unique avenues, but even after achieving a feat so notable, technology will somehow continue to bring forth the right goods. The same has turned more and more evident in recent times, and assuming one new discovery ends up with the desired impact, it will only put that trend on a higher pedestal moving forward.

Nextbase, the global leader in dash cam technology, has officially introduced its latest product in Nextbase IQ, which is one smart and fully connected dash cam designed for all vehicles. Understood to be the only cam offering up to 4K resolution and a built-in interior cabin camera together, Nextbase IQ comes decked up with AI-powered technology and 4G IoT connectivity for real-time access from anywhere at any time. Having both these technologies in play should also help customers when it comes to anticipating, preventing, and defending against incidents on the road and while their vehicle is parked. Talk about Nextbase IQ on a slightly deeper, we referred to its use case in parking, the dash cam builds upon that by leveraging its proximity sensing Spatial Awareness and G-Force Sensors to scan the area surrounding your vehicle. In case they detect any potential danger, the sensors immediately send to your smartphone a real-time notification that will include imagery and video relating to the source of concern. Complimenting the same is the cam’s Witness Mode, which can be activated using voice to instantly save a 30-minute block of video to the cloud and then push a notification to an emergency contact in real-time, The idea here is make sure that you don’t have to face a stressful situation alone, or at least, without evidence. Not just one emergency contact, the product also automatically alerts emergency services, in the event of an accident, with location and other potentially life-saving details. The dash cam even has the means to actively determine, on its own, the current status of a vehicle, meaning whether it is on the move or just happens to be parked. Boasting separate and dedicated responses for both the events, Nextbase IQ is able to scan for threats effectively, while simultaneously preserving battery for extended use.

“Nextbase iQ is unlike anything on the market today,” said Richard Browning, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Nextbase. “It sets a new benchmark for dash cams. But more than that, it creates a whole new category by extending high-end smart home-style connectivity into the car and making advanced connected-car technology – on par or even better than that offered on the most expensive, tech-forward new cars – available to everyone, regardless of the age, type or value of their vehicle.”

Despite the product still being new, Nextbase has already penciled in a set of features that will be integrated into its dash cam over the coming months. Among the upcoming features, there is a Guardian Mode. Guardian Mode will notify vehicle owners/parents based on specific customizable driving behavior triggers, such as speeding, erratic driving, and GPS boundaries, to keep you alerted when your vehicle is left with a valet, mechanic or family member. Next up., we must dig into a Push to Talk feature, which is meant to let you speak directly with occupants in the vehicle, as well as alert intruders to your presence. Moving on, Nextbase will be bringing a Roadwatch AI function that is going to bank upon Computer Vision (CV) chipset and better vision to track the speeds and trajectories of other vehicles around you, including cyclists, e-scooters, and pedestrians. Hold on, we are still not done. Nextbase has also partnered with T-Mobile to generate   IoT, real time footage and reports before seamlessly sharing them with authorities or insurance companies following any incident, thus protecting drivers and their vehicles. These encrypted reports will have synchronized data covering speed, G-Force, GPS and video.  Rounding up the highlights are AI-powered DMS and ADAS capabilities. The former will be responsible for monitoring and improving drivers’ situational awareness so to cut back on distracted driving, whereas the latter will focus on enhancing safe operation of the vehicle and enabling drivers to respond accordingly.

At launch, Nextbase has made available three different iterations of Nextbase IQ. Firstly, there is 1k, a model with 1080p resolution available at $499.99. The second model, 2K, will hold 1440p worth resolution while costing $599.99. The last model, 4k, will be the one offering 4k resolution for $699.99.

All these models are also supported by a versatile set of subscription packages, where the free package will get you an access to the iQ app, voice control, and real time notifications. The next plan, priced at $9.99 monthly, will be given everything the previous package had, alongside smart sense parking, witness mode, Roadwatch AI, guardian mode, remote alarm, and a cloud storage good for 30 days. The last plan, of course, has all the stated features, but it set itself apart by offering cloud storage that is good for 180 days, an option to have multiple user accounts, emergency SOS, automated incident back-up, and extended warranty.