Along with the announcement of new security cameras designed for vehicles, Ring announced that Tesla will be first to build support for its “Car Connect” system.
Ring announced the launch of products designed for cars: Car Cam, Car Alarm, and Car Connect systems. They will integrate into the same Ring app that supports home security alarm, video doorbells, and security cameras—and will provide owners with alerts for attempted break-ins, The Verge reports.
Ring is now entering the automotive market in response to customers who showed interest in protecting their cars in a similar way to their homes with Ring products.
The principle of operation is quite simple: Car Alarm plugs into your car’s OBD-II diagnostic port and sends alerts to your phone when it detects a break-in, someone trying to tow the vehicle, or if another vehicle hits your car. The Car Alarm has a built-in siren that can be triggered remotely, and it can be linked to other Ring or Alexa devices to sound audible alerts when an event is detected.
For connectivity, the Car Alarm utilizes its parent company Amazon’s new Sidewalk network, which was announced last year and is starting to see some real products and development on it now. Amazon says Sidewalk will officially launch later this year.
Car Cam, which can film both inside and outside the car, can also send alerts when an event such as a burglary, towing or accident is detected, and owners can tap into camera feeds to see what's going on.
Since many vehicles already have built-in cameras, Ring has developed the Car Connect platform to integrate these existing cameras into their system.
Ring said it is working with many car manufacturers to build support for the system—Tesla being the first for its “Car Connect.” Now owners of the company's cars with Sentry Mode enabled will be able to install a device in their cars that will allow them to connect to existing car cameras, and view footage.
Hey there, Ring Car Connect is an API for car manufacturers & is available for any car manufacturer. The first vehicles compatible with the Ring Car Connect are Tesla models 3, X, S, and Y.— Ring (@ring) September 24, 2020
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