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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:44 PM
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:08 PM
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In for more details, very cool

I'm seriously considering getting myself an Escort Live. I wonder if an Escort Live system can be used in conjunction with this
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:20 PM
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^^ Escort live isn't compatible yet. I'm in Canuckistan where RDs are illegal, so there aren't many people who will be running escort live. My old detector, an STi driver with the magnum firmware flash was escort live compatible, but running with a windshield mounted detector is risking a $1000 fine, points on your license, and insurance surcharges.

I'll tell you one thing, there isn't a helluva lot of room in the E70 compass mirror, there is a lot of circuitry in there. I decided to do it myself, but you don't mind spending $500, Scott Wheeler at http://www.radar-mirror.com will install the display into your mirror for you.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:36 PM
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In for more details, very cool

I'm seriously considering getting myself an Escort Live. I wonder if an Escort Live system can be used in conjunction with this

I have been running Escort Live for about 3 weeks now, seems like the bugs are finally worked out on the Android side, received my first Ka Alert reported by another user on Friday ,seems to be a great concept if enough people get on board.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:45 PM
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^^ the big "if" is if enough people get on board. I like the idea, but I have some reservations. Your phone is paired via BT to the smart cord, how do you receive calls through the car? So you are paying for the dataplan for your phone, the RD, and you are reporting, but you still have to pay for the Escort live service?
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:03 PM
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I have the Escort Live service.

I report sightings, etc. It seems to be smarter than the built-in GPS since it has access to Google Maps which has roads, etc., but overall I have never received any alerts from other drivers…. and I'm in NY where you figured there would be at least a few more than just me that uses this? Anyways it works, but I don't see the advantages of it until more people use it (a lot more!).
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^ I don't see anywhere on the Escort website about paying for the months live subscription? Am I just looking at it wrong?

I've been watching videos on this and if this turns out to work, it will be amazing. They need to work together with the guys form Trapster too. There's quite a large database of hotspots thru them too.

and on the topic of BT devices, it should be able to handle two devices at once. Data for the Escort system and handsfree profile to the BMW system

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Old 01-14-2012, 07:15 PM
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^ I don't see anywhere on the Escort website about paying for the months live subscription? Am I just looking at it wrong?

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and on the topic of BT devices, it should be able to handle two devices at once. Data for the Escort system and handsfree profile to the BMW system
Right now the "SmartCord Live" is $79 and includes first year of service free (which I would think implies there will be an annual charge afterwards). The pamphlet that came with the cord may have listed how much it will be after this first year, but I forgot and it's not accessible for me check at the moment.

I'm not sure what you mean by handling two profiles at once… but I can connect my iPhone to the detector and still connect to my Bluetooth headset at the same time.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:06 AM
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^ I don't see anywhere on the Escort website about paying for the months live subscription? Am I just looking at it wrong?

I've been watching videos on this and if this turns out to work, it will be amazing. They need to work together with the guys form Trapster too. There's quite a large database of hotspots thru them too.

and on the topic of BT devices, it should be able to handle two devices at once. Data for the Escort system and handsfree profile to the BMW system

The bluetooth will handle two devices, I can be on the phone and have the escort live connected at the same time, I have already seen red light cameras that I never knew existed, the price of the cord is 79.95 which includes a 1 year subscription to the service, the cord is only compatible with newer Escort detectors ,I purchased a new RD since my original escort was about 12 years old, when bundling a purchase with a new detector the price of the cord is 39.95, after one year the cost for the subscription is only 19.95 per year, at that time I would expect to see many more users.
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[QUOTE=AutoUnion;6562736
I've been watching videos on this and if this turns out to work, it will be amazing. [/QUOTE]

Can you post links to these videos please??
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:06 AM
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Can you post links to these videos please??
Well if you go to the product page for this product there are a couple videos listed. I'm sure you'll find more in the "related videos" section.

http://www.escortradar.com/escort-live/
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