2008 CES Unveiled
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Josh Maronde
Date: 01-05-2008
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Cobra Electronics

Radar Detection - XRS 9950 and 9940

CES Unveiled was the first place to see Cobra's new XRS 9950 and 9940 radar detectors. Both models feature the new ExtremeBright DataGrafix™ full-color display and are powered by Super-Xtreme Range Superheterodyne maximum performance or S-XRS for short. Depending on the model this 1.5 inch or 1 inch screen will display radar signal strength, compass and voltage of the vehicle's battery.

An optional GPS locater can be attached to the XRS 9950 which notifies the driver of approaching red light and speed camera locations in North America. Cobra's Voice Alert, IntelliMute, Safety Alert, Strobe Alert and SmartPower features are all included. Expect the XRS 9950 and 9940 to be available beginning April 2008 with price tags of $259.95 and $229.95 respectively.

Navigation - NAV ONE 5000

The NAV ONE 5000 GPS Navigation system by Cobra Electronics was also on display for the first time at CES Unveiled. This 5-inch touch screen features OptiView ultra-bright technology and allows you to see 20 percent more of the virtual road ahead when compared to competing wide screen navigation units. On-screen text has also been made 50 percent larger when compared to competitors. Cobra's proprietary database of red light and speed camera locations is included with the NAV ONE 5000 giving you up to one mile of advanced warning.

For the daily commuters, the 5000 has an optional traffic receiver and subscription which provides traffic data for 69 major cities. Bluetooth, turn-by-turn voice navigation and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery come standard. The MSRP for the NAV ONE 5000 is $509.95 and the optional traffic data subscription is $159.95 for 15-months.

Active Radar + Navigation = MIA

With the surge in GPS Navigation adoption I was really hoping Cobra would be unveiling some type of all-in-one active radar detector and navigation unit. I was told that an all-in-one device with these features would be too bulky because of the design requirements needed for an active radar detector. I would be happy with a non-all-in-one device like Cobra's XRS R9G but the price would exceed a $499 price point that Cobra would rather not exceed. I guess for now most of us will have to deal with two devices attached to our windshield.

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