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In September of 2020, Ring announced a new line of security products: Ring Security For Cars. One of the most anticipated developments in the announcement is the Ring Car Alarm. Ring describes this new product as “a new way to guard your car.” Our experts keep a close eye on what this product offers and give you all the details available before its release.
Though other home security companies have added car protection features, like the Vivint Car Guard, this is Ring’s first attempt at car security. Ring’s new device will detect activity on your car, such as bumps, attempted break-ins, and towing. The Ring Car Alarm will send alerts through the Ring app to alert you when any of this type of activity occurs.
A variety of sensors work to alert you through the Ring app when activity occurs. It can also work in conjunction with other Ring devices and can activate them when activity is detected. The device connects to WiFi or Amazon Sidewalk. Sidewalk is a shared network operated by Amazon that helps devices stay connected outside of their network connection.
Though this device does not have a dashcam, Ring also plans to release the Ring Car Cam this year (our researchers are currently exploring this new product and we will have a review of the Car Cam published by February 9th).
- Compatible with other Ring devices, like cameras and video doorbells
- Built-in siren
- Alexa compatible
- Doesn’t require a subscription
- Easy to install
Here are a few questions we think our readers will inquire about most.
How Is It Powered?
The Ring Car Alarm plugs into a car’s On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) port and draws its energy from the car battery. It can continue to work for up to 30 days without the car starting up, and if the battery is low, the alarm will shut off.
Do I Need A Subscription Or Monitoring Plan?
There is no need for a monitoring or subscription plan. However, it’ll rely on using Amazon Sidewalk for connection.
Will This Device Track My Car?
The Car Alarm doesn’t exactly track the car, but you can detect the alarm’s location when using the Ring app. You can also add shared users in the app, and they’ll be able to see the device’s location.
Does It Work With Any Car?
The Ring Car Alarm works with cars built after 1996, so it will be compatible with 99% of cars on the road.
Is It Compatible With Alexa?
You’ll be able to receive device updates from Alexa, but you won’t be able to use it for voice recognition or voice commands.
Can It Detect Carbon Monoxide?
Unfortunately, you won’t get an alert if carbon monoxide (CO) levels in your car become dangerous. You’ll still need to have a separate CO detector for your vehicle.
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