Garmin has launched a new safety device that serves as a rear light, horn and camera, to be installed on its electric or mechanical bicycle.
If the Garmin brand is mainly known for its connected watches, the most informed among you will also have noticed its positioning on bicycle accessories. Its catalog is notably composed of a few radars and taillights, which hosts a brand new, even more sophisticated device.
The Garmin Varia RCT176 is a triple system in one: it acts as a rear light, which allows you to signal to other road users up to 1.6 kilometers away, ensures the product sheet. The press release mentions a different and lower figure, however, of 1 kilometer in total.
Video in 1080p
This device also turns into a warning device, via sound and visual alerts. When a vehicle approaches you within a perimeter of less than 140 meters, then said alerts are triggered. Hopefully this feature can be easily disabled, as it is not suited to the city and its traffic density.
But where Garmin Varia RCT176 stands out is in its ability to start a video recording as soon as you start a journey. Thanks to a camera, the system captures your entire trip and stores several sequences of images in a secure file: before, during and after an incident.
The captured feed can then be viewed directly from your smartphone via the Varia mobile app. This can be used in particular in the event of a dispute. The built-in camera is able to shoot 1080p at 30 IPS, for more than decent image quality on paper. Filming in 720p allows you to gain autonomy.
Autonomy, precisely, oscillates between 4 and 6 hours depending on the activation of the rear light, with the graphic parameters of the camera pushed to the bottom. Which is more than enough for urban and suburban journeys, or even longer outings on some beaten tracks.
Price and availability
However, the Varia RCT715 has a small limit: if it is installed at the back of your two-wheeler, it will not be able to capture the dangers and other accidents occurring in front of your vehicle, in your field of vision. If a car cuts you off and causes an incident, then it would be difficult to prove it on video.
The Varia RCT715 is already available on the official Garmin website at the recommended price of 399.99 euros.
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