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Ring Car Cam and Car Alarm: Everything we know so far

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What we know so far about Amazon’s new line of Ring automobile security solutions

Amazon is investing heavily in auto security. At its event on September 24, 2020, the firm unveiled three Ring-branded automobile products: an alarm, a dash camera, and an aftermarket product called Ring Car Connect that will incorporate some of these monitoring functions into the actual vehicles. Furthermore, Ring Car Connect has a software API.

Despite the fact that these items are still unavailable, Amazon reports that demand from car owners is extremely high. Who wouldn’t want to incorporate the same Ring security feature suite into their cars, after all? To keep everything secure, some people have even installed Ring doorbells in their cars.

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What is known thus far about the Ring Car Cam and Car Alarm is listed below.

Ring Car Alarm

We’ll start with the Ring Car Alarm, an OBD-II gadget that alerts the driver when an accident, towing, or break-in is taking place. If any of those things happen, you’ll be alerted via another Alexa-compatible device, and you can even manually set off the alarm from a distance if you’d like.

You might be curious in how the Ring Car Alarm can connect to other gadgets. As it turns out, the OBD-II dongle relies on Amazon’s yet-to-be-launched Sidewalk network of Bluetooth Low Energy devices rather than a data connection or even Wi-Fi. Future versions of Amazon’s Ring and Echo hardware are likely to include Sidewalk as a core component. Although it was first promised that it would go live before the end of 2020, the device is yet to materialize in 2022.

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Because of this, there are no monthly fees associated with the Ring Car Alarm. Customers will only be required to pay the device’s $59 price, according to this.

Ring Car Cam

The Ring Car Cam, a $199 dash cam that does rely on Wi-Fi and LTE, is the next step up. (And you’ll have to pay extra for data with this device.) Two HD cameras are included with Ring Car Cam, one of which faces the windshield and the other toward the interior of the vehicle. Similar to the Ring Car Alarm, it will alert owners if anything goes wrong, but because it is a full dash cam with a real data connection and a link to the cloud, it is capable of much more.

For instance, the Ring Car Cam will start capturing a feed of the inside if you say “Alexa, I’m being pulled over” after being stopped. All footage, according to Amazon, will be “securely saved,” and you can choose to have a loved one be notified when you issue that command.

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Additionally, the Emergency Crash Assist feature of the Ring Car Cam will alert emergency personnel right away in the event of an accident. Although it must be noted that similar functionality is also finding its way into phones, such as Google’s Personal Safety app for Android, it is still a much-appreciated feature.

Ring Car Connect

Consider Ring Car Connect as a means to incorporate the software for Ring Car Alarm and Ring Car Cam into a car that already has interior or around-view cameras. However, until that time, interested car owners can buy a separate, aftermarket $199 gadget that essentially enables similar functionalities within cars. Car manufactures are free to implement Ring Car Connect in their vehicles as they wish.

For instance, all four of Tesla’s current model-range vehicles can be equipped with Ring Car Connect in addition to Sentry Mode. Owners will be able to view the feed through Ring apps when Sentry Mode is activated. On other devices, they will also be able to view the recorded driving footage, but it’s important to note that, similar to the Ring Car Cam, you will need to pay a monthly charge to upload your data to the cloud over LTE.

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Ring Car Cam and Car Alarm outlook

It was just a matter of time until Amazon launched a push like this, using the strength of the Alexa software and footprint for auto security, given the increasing popularity of Ring and the top dash cams. It’s also heartening to see that the business has decided to give clients two options, one with a more reasonable price and another with a fully comprehensive feature set.

It’s true that a dash cam costs $199, as can be shown by a quick look at the top contenders on Amazon. Despite this, many of the businesses in this industry are relatively unknown, and the more expensive solutions from well-known brands like Garmin and Vava end up costing at least as much as Amazon’s suggestion.

As soon as Amazon releases their lineup of automotive products, we intend to try them out.

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