If you’re looking for a cloud-connected dash cam that combines 4K recording with Google Nest-style security features, the Nextbase iQ could be your next big car upgrade.
The iQ will be a three camera setup that can record both inside and outside your vehicle. The front view will be recorded in 4K, while the rear and cabin views will be in 1440p. But the special sauce for this all-seeing eye will be its new AI-powered features, including “Spatial Awareness” (to record incidents when you’re away from the car) and “Roadwatch AI”, which will be able to monitor. the speed and trajectories of other vehicles.
The only downside? The Nextbase iQ won’t be available until fall 2022, which for those in the southern hemisphere means somewhere between September and the end of November. That’s long enough for the dash cam, but Nextbase thinks the iQ will be worth the wait.
the Nextbase 622GW Currently at the top of our guide to the best dash cams, but the iQ will bring a slew of new features that aren’t available on this flagship model. In addition to these AI-powered features, the iQ will also offer real-time cloud downloads (via both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity) and a new dedicated app for real-time alerts and verification at distance of the video stream from your vehicle.
This means that the iQ will offer functionality similar to a home security camera like the Google Nest Cam, as well as real-time video analytics that can alert you to nearby threats and capture footage that might go wrong. be useful in the event of an accident.
Other features will include voice control, GPS tracking, and a “Vehicle Aware” system that will apparently warn you of dangers from other cars or pedestrians in front of your vehicle. These join existing features we’ve seen in previous Nextbase dash cameras, like the subscription-based ‘Emergency SOS’ feature to automatically alert emergency services to your location after an accident.
There’s no pricing yet for the Nextbase iQ, but given the range of features, we can expect it to cost more than the Nextbase 622GW (£ 249 / $ 319.99 / 549, AU $ 99) when it arrives in the third quarter of 2022.
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With many modern cars such as BMW, Tesla and Citreon now featuring integrated dash cameras, Nextbase clearly wants to take the technology of its third-party options to the next level – and that’s what it seems to have done with it. the IQ.
This was made possible by what Nextbase calls a new AI-enabled chipset, which should allow the iQ to receive updates via the cloud. The downside to this new chip, however, is that we’ll have to wait a bit to see if the iQ lives up to its claims. Hopefully, the fall 2022 release date won’t be pushed back further by the global chip shortage.
Yet on paper, the iQ certainly looks like a compelling combination of a Google Next-style security camera for your car and a smart assistant for capturing crash-based videos. We’ve already been impressed with the low-light video quality quality of Nextbase, which can help you choose license plates in tough times, and that’s been promised again on the iQ.
But it’s the iQ’s apparent ability to automatically anticipate incidents, whether you’re in the vehicle or outside, that seems like a particularly useful upgrade over simpler dash cameras. Combine that with voice-activated recording and a ‘live view’ mode to tune its cameras and you’ve got a potentially compelling accessory, especially for older vehicles that may lack on-board intelligence.
We can’t wait to find out if these features all work as well as the Nextbase claims when the iQ lands later this year.