May 23, 2024

Corner Manor Leura

Tech For A Smarter Planet

Escort’s Smart Mirror

I came across something unlike in the automotive innovations area and this idea is continuing to grow worldwide. A car Rear-View Mirror With Built-In GPS? What a great thought! The Smart Mirror replaces your rear view mirror with an all-in-one mirror, GPS navigation and hands-free cellular phone. The mirror functions without the hassle of suction cups, mounting brackets and wires.

The Smart mirror offers good turn-by-turn directions that will talk to you and announce street names and turn-by-turn directions. There are built-in maps of the U S and North America. The GPS is touch screen enabled. This extremely cool driving gadget does come with a pretty high cost, but with all of the features right there in front of your face, it might be worth it.

The GPS software is by Navigon, so you’ve got a fairly well-respected navigation device makers know-how in the product. Like other Navigon units and most navigation devices, there is a touchscreen for easy input. It also features an SD card for maps and point-of-interest data.

Along with the feature of the GPS, comes the speed limits that this unit will make you aware of. This is handy since some of the speed limit signs can be concealed enough where you wont observe them.

The Smart Mirror also comes with Blue tooth hands-free cellular connectivity. This is good as more bills and legislation are requiring the use of hands-free devices while in the car. Some people use the blue tooth headsets which can become uncomfortable, so this is a handy feature for the automobile. There is an incoming caller ID display, on screen Call history log, and you adjust the call answering to either manual or automatic.

There are two camera inputs with the Smart Mirror. One is a backup camera unit that installs as a license plate frame. This is handy to really view what is in back of you and be able to display the blind spot created by the high back-end. The other input can be used to help you park, or to allow for an additional viewing spot where children may hide. This is an optional feature of the system.

The Smart Mirror comes in kit form which includes, Mirror with attached GPS antenna, Windshield mounting bracket, Microphone, External GPS antenna (Not required for most installations), and Power Supply. The unit features a Rear view mirror, Full-function GPS navigation system, Blue tooth phone capability, Input for back-up camera (sold separately), Integrated loudspeaker, and Maps of 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and all Canadian provinces.

You can pre-pay for installation by a professional installer. This includes removing your former mirror, installing the SmartMirror and wiring it to your cars electrical system. The professional installer will try out the system and sync up with the GPS satellites and with your Blue Tooth device.