Garmin has introduced a new radar for cycling with a built-in camera

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Many bikers always have a concern that the car is knocking you behind. This is where Garmin rear-view radars come into play, warning of approaching cars. Garmin is now adding a video element to the new one Variation RCT715 ($ 400), which has both a built-in taillight and a camera with 1080p shooting capabilities.

RCT715 is the third model in Garmin Varia line cycling radar, which includes the two models we considered a couple of years ago: equipped with a taillight RTL515 ($ 200) and only radar RVR315 ($ 150) for those who already have a taillight.

All rear-view radar models are designed to combine and send visual information to Garmin’s Edge cycling computers (and other cycling computers from companies like Wahoo), smart watches and Garmin smartphones using the Varia app for iOS or Android. Meanwhile, Garmin says the RCT715’s built-in camera continuously records your surroundings and “provides video evidence of the incident” if you need it.

No, the RCT715 is not cheap and is $ 400, but it should give you extra peace of mind while driving, and hopefully we’ll see discounts on it that will lower its cost a bit.

Key Features of the Varia RCT715 by Garmin

  • The built-in camera shoots at up to 1080p / 30 frames per second while traveling
  • When an incident is detected, videos before, during and after the event will be automatically saved.
  • Easily access videos, stream videos, or adjust camera settings, such as overlays from the Varia app.
  • Visual and audible alerts warn of vehicles approaching from behind at a distance of up to 153 meters.
  • The taillight is visible at a distance of up to a mile, which can make it easier for drivers to see the cyclist before the radar sees the vehicle.
  • Compatible with Garmin Edge cycling computers, Garmin smart watches or Varia smart device applications.
  • Battery life: up to 4 hours of battery life with radar and taillight in solid high or night flash and up to 6 hours with radar and taillight in daytime flash – all with continuous 1080p camera recording.
  • Cost: $ 400

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