Dash cam

This next-gen dash cam is surprisingly sexy

The iQ is a rarity in the gadget world: a dash cam that doesn’t look obtrusive.

Used to record driving behavior inside and outside a car, the dash cams we’re used to seeing on Uber and Lyft rides are, in general, square. In fact, they’re often hidden behind – or built into – the rear view mirror. Out of sight, out of mind…until you need to see the footage again, that is.

Dash cam maker Nextbase has gone in a different direction by introducing a revamped aesthetic for the modern in-car camera, and they’ve packed it with next-gen features to match the look. At the CES tech convention on Tuesday, Nextbase showed off its updated creation with features similar to those found in more traditional versions. owlcam Where SmarterAI cam.

A more beautiful car accessory.
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With a new, more vertical and rounded design (the company’s previous cameras have that more traditional, square look), the iQ also has three integrated cameras, including a 4K resolution front-facing camera and two cabin and rear. at lower resolution. -see the cameras.

The latest version of Nextbase’s camera, the Series 2, was forward-facing only and had a completely different visual profile. Compared to the Series 2, the new camera has been flipped vertically and rounded with the traditional display removed. It still hangs from the front windshield, but with a less obtrusive support.

The iQ is more than just a camera. As Nextbase marketing and sales manager Richard Browning said on a call last month, the AI ​​overlays are meant to make the iQ future-proof. It monitors other cars on the road to track their paths and speeds, which are displayed on an associated phone app. Audio alerts will go off if your iQ thinks you’re going to hit someone.

Plus, with the smartphone app, you can control the camera in real time and receive notifications if something happens to your car while you’re away. You can also get a snapshot of the scene.

This lets you take advantage of what Browning calls “spatial awareness” around the car, so it can send an audible alert to drivers about cars and pedestrians in your blind spot or while speeding. When parked, the camera remains “aware”, sending alerts that provide the same sense of security as Tesla’s Sentinel Modebut without the Tesla.

Browning compared the iQ to “low-tech vehicle safety”. This is for when cars are parked, for road rage incidents, or for other situations that become dangerous.

The new iQ is expected to be released in September, with pricing information to be released later this year. The most feature-rich dash cam available right now is $400, so expect something closer to that for this new update – kinda sexy.