Nextbase IQ: dashcams get smart

Published: 05 January 2022

► A dashcam with a difference
► Combines monitoring with security and AI
► Revealed at CES

Nextbase is best known for its range of dashcams, but now it’s released a far more interesting, all-round piece of tech. Called the Nextbase IQ and unveiled at CES, the company’s latest device intelligently records driving incidents, but it also packs in everything from driver awareness to ADAS tech – so it’ll provide any car with cutting-edge safety. 

How does it work?

As you’d expect, the Nextbase IQ begins with a 4K tri-cam video system, so footage should be clear and usable in the event of an accident. In addition to recording outside like every other dashcam, the IQ also records inside as well; hence the three cameras instead of two. A front and rear facing camera live on the main module, while a rear facing camera can be purchased for looking behind your car. By giving a front, rear and internal picture of events, the IQ is the most thorough dashcam yet. 

As you’d expect, the footage is able to provide enough detail for numberplates and street signs even in low-light. And because it’s 2022, this dashcam uploads to the cloud, and also throws in a bunch of AI-powered functions.

What’s the IQ?

In this case AI translates to everything from spatial awareness tech, to voice activation. For example, a built-in ADAS system means the Nextbase can predict accidents, while the internal camera means it can detect driver drowsiness – and potentially prevent an accident. Something Nextbase is calling Roadwatch AI also works to determine the speeds and trajectory of other cars, in another type or pre-warning system.

 

Security

In addition to the usual dashcam stuff, the IQ adds an extra layer of vehicle security and personal security functions. The IQ can act as a GPS tracker when you’re not driving, and it can also act like a proximity sensor, sending you alerts when someone is too close to your car – along with footage of the incident. 

Finally, the IQ also features a witness mode. Designed to record incidents inside the car, it can be triggered discreetly and may provide evidence of everything from road-rage to domestic violence.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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