Now this is where the Nextbase IQ has a lot in store this time. Nextbase didn’t name the IQ as the smartest AI dash cam to date for nothing.
Aside from Smart Sense Parking, the Nextbase IQ also boasts Witness Mode that allows for voice-activated, instant cloud video storage of a 30-minute block, along with notifications sent to an emergency contact. In the event of a serious accident, the IQ’s Emergency SOS feature automatically alerts emergency services, providing crucial location and life-saving information. With voice activation, you can effortlessly command privacy features, mute functions, and activate Witness Mode for convenience.
We’re also impressed to know that Nextbase IQ has the Cloud Connectivity features. This is compatible with devices using T-Mobile, particularly those in the USA and Canada. You can access files and more through the IQ app, including the Live View function for real-time monitoring of your vehicle's interior and surroundings. It also features live streaming, audible alarms, two-way communication, video history access, and more. Finally, the Driving/Security Mode seamlessly switches between driving and parking modes, actively scanning for threats while preserving your car's battery life.
Aside from the built-in GPS antenna in the Thinkware U3000, it also boasts the Thinkware core Advanced Driver Assist System features that no other dash cam brand has offered to date. With its Safety Camera Alert feature, you will receive audio warnings from your U3000 when approaching a wide variety of road safety cameras, including Red Light Warning system, Speed Camera Warning system, Red Light and Speed Camera Warning system, Average Speed Warning system, and a Mobile Zone warning system.
Another reason to get the Thinkware U3000 is its fresh connectivity features. Previous Thinkware models, and other dash cams solely depend on Wi-Fi for connectivity. Now, the Thinkware U3000 makes connecting easier with built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Thinkware has improved their Bluetooth connection so that it alone can be used to perform simple in-app actions like changing settings, overviewing parking mode events, and other basic functions. Still, Wi-Fi is used for heavier tasks like streaming that 4k footage to your phone. It’s equipped with 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi capabilities.
Like the IQ dash cam, Thinkware also offers Cloud features. All you need is an account for Thinkware Connected, which is free to use forever. It used to have a limited 3-month free trial, but now, we’re happy to say that Thinkware Connected is now free to use, unlimitedly.
Going over Thinkware Connected features, the U3000 lets you enjoy Impact Notifications when Parked and driving, Send Emergency Messages, Remote Live-View, Vehicle Status and Geo-Fencing. Some recent add-ons that we think are particularly impressive are the ability to monitor the live voltage of the vehicle, and remotely turn off the camera through the app as needed. Beyond that, they now have a full driving history map too, which can provide multiple months worth of driving data, if needed.
Though to be clear, the U3000 will still need an internet connection for the camera if you want to use the Thinkware Connected Cloud features. You’ll also need to have the unit in one of the more standard parking modes, as using the energy-saving mode with the radar will disable the cloud while parked, to conserve power.