Escort's New Passport IQ a New Star is Born
December 2, 2010
12Volt News, Mike Van Horn
Escort's new Passport IQ is definitely the "Ultimate Driving Companion". The Passport IQ combines the latest radar/laser detection with the convenience of GPS based navigation. The easy to read 3D maps are powered by NavTeq.
The Passport IQ debuted at SEMA 2010 and received rave reviews as the first unit to combine radar/laser protection and navigation in a single chassis. "The Escort booth was one of the busiest booths at the SEMA Show and the Passport IQ was a major buzz on the show floor in the North Hall" Escort's Ron Gividen told 12voltnews.com.
Just prior to SEMA 12voltnews.com was a member of the media selected to "test drive" the new Passport IQ. "We knew Escort was breaking new ground with the Passport IQ that combines the latest detection and navigation technology in a single unit. Holding one of the first production units in our hand was exciting. The weight of the Passport IQ in-hand had the immediate feeling of quality," Mike Van Horn said for 12voltnews.com.
The 12voltnews.com facility in Shreveport is located almost directly underneath the intersection of two major interstates in Louisiana. I-49 runs north/south and I-20 that runs east/west. This location confuses most navigation devices. "Historically this has been a difficult location for GPS units to 'find themselves'. When the Passport IQ powered up in the navigation mode it immediately knew where is was located. I knew then that the Passport IQ was special and would exemplify the world class performance Escort has earned through the years” Van Horn observed. GPS systems can be hit and miss but this unit would be a fantastic standalone GPS. The maps were all up to date, it was quick and easy to operate and the directions it supplied were perfect.
The navigation mode of the Passport IQ is new territory for Escort - territory the unit handled flawlessly. From the 12voltnews.com facility’s parking lot it is exactly 850 miles to Escort’s headquarters in West Chester. Travel time of 12 hours and 18 minutes, at posted speeds, was quickly calculated. The Passport IQ is also loaded with very useful convenience features. Push the "Go Home" icon and your route home will quickly be mapped from any point in the US.
Adding a new address or route was a snap using the Passport IQ's large keyboard. Destinations can be saved quickly and are added to the Passport IQ's memory. Users can also browse points of interest. On the road voice commands directing turn-by-turn travel were timely and precise.
The radar/laser detection functions of the Passport IQ rival Escort's top of the line 9500. The front firing laser is located on the rear of the unit and the rear firing lasers are located on the front of the unit. Red light camera locations, speed camera locations and speed trap data are stored in the Passport IQ to keep drivers informed on the road. Speed trap locations west of Ruston, LA on I-20 were known to the Passport IQ out of the box. Speed alert interval notifications keep drivers informed and alerted to local speed enforcement activities.
"We were totally impressed with all the navigation and radar/laser detection aspects of the Passport IQ. Several business associates, who travel the area, indicated the convenience of having high performance navigation and radar/laser protection in a single chassis was a real advantage," Van Horn concluded.
With the introduction of the Passport IQ a new star in the 12volt arena was born.