The home security company Ring "rang” in the new year (2023) with an innovative way to keep a close eye on your vehicle at all times. The company’s latest product, the Ring Car Cam, is a dual-facing dashboard security camera that comes equipped with night vision and the ability to detect motion.
With the number of vehicle thefts and break-ins climbing at alarming rates, now has never been a better time to launch a device that lets you monitor your vehicle 24/7. If the device has sparked your interest, keep reading to find out more about how much the Ring Car Cam costs and when the first batch is scheduled to ship out.
How much does the Ring car dash cam cost?
The Ring Car Cam takes video surveillance to a whole new level. The camera, which is similar to the Ring device you may already have installed in your home, is designed to sit atop your dashboard and capture any movement both inside and outside of your vehicle.
Some of the Ring Car Cam’s unique features include:
- A privacy cover (for the times you’d prefer not to record inside your vehicle)
- GPS location
- Real-time motion notifications
- Live view
- Record traffic stops (and save the video to your Ring cloud)
When your vehicle is parked outside of your home, it will connect to your home’s WiFi, allowing you to receive real-time alerts if something or someone is detected. If you want to utilize your Ring Car Cam away from your home, you’ll need to purchase a Ring Protect Go subscription, which we’ll get into down below.
Now, if you’re someone who has had issues with vehicle break-ins or is simply eager to protect your property, you probably want to know how much the Ring Car Cam costs. The Ring Car Cam currently retails for $249.99, though it was selling for only $199.99 on Amazon and Ring.com prior to Jan. 31, 2023.
Some of the incentives Ring is offering to customers who purchase the Car Cam include:
- Free expedited shipping on purchases over $49
- Free returns
- A free 30-day trial of Ring Protect Go
Also, Ring has partnered with Affirm to help customers spread out the cost of the Car Cam over 12 months (or less) with no interest or late fees, given you are approved.
How much does the Ring Car Cam subscription cost?
Although it isn’t required, Ring does recommend that you purchase a Ring Protect Go subscription (once your free 30-day trial ends) so that you get the most out of your device. The subscription allows the device to connect to an LTE cellular network when WiFi isn’t available so that you can continue to see live video feeds and download and share recordings.
Without the Ring Protect Go subscription, certain features such as live view and GPS location may not work. In terms of pricing, the Ring Protect Go subscription costs $6 a month or $60 per device beginning on Feb. 15, 2023.
When is the Ring Car Cam coming out?
Ring was accepting pre-orders for the car dash cam in January 2023. The Amazon-owned company was expected to ship out the pre-orders on Feb. 15, 2023, which was also the official launch date of the product.
If you buy a Ring Car Cam on Amazon, you'll likely have to wait until October 2023 to receive it. For those who shop on Ring.com, the car dash cam isn't expected to ship until September.
Which vehicles aren't compatible with the Ring Car Cam?
There are more than a dozen vehicle models that aren't compatible with the Ring Car Cam. Some of these include:
- 2017-present Tesla Model Y vehicles
- 2020-present Tesla Model 3 vehicles
- 2022 Mercedes GLC 300
- 2020 Ford Explorer
- 2018 Honda CRV
- 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport
- 2021 Mercedes GLE 450
- Porsche 911
- Kia Cadenza
Because the camera does require that your vehicle be equipped with an OBD-II port among other features, it’s a good idea to visit Ring’s website to see if your vehicle is compatible with it before ordering.