When paired with a compatible Garmin Varia™ device¹, the Varia™ app has the tools you need to ride with confidence. Using the Varia™ app, you can: • Be alerted right on your phone when approaching vehicles are within 140 meters behind your bicycle. • View color-coded alerts based on surrounding traffic: Green means you’re all clear, yellow means a vehicle is approaching, and red means a vehicle is coming at you quickly and you should take caution. • Receive tone and vibration alerts for approaching vehicles even when you’re not looking at your phone. Easy to Use Pairing your Garmin Varia™ device with the app is quick and easy. Once you set it up, the Varia™ app will automatically recognize your device. Even if you already have a Varia™ device paired with a compatible Garmin device or head unit, the Varia™ app provides additional awareness and peace of mind while riding. ¹ Compatible devices are the Varia™ RVR315 Rearview Radar and Varia™ RTL515 Radar Tail Light.
I’ve been riding with the Varia RTL515 for a couple of weeks now and I’m amazed at how easy to use and how reliable it is.This device has proven helpful to me in navigating urban traffic on my daily commute. I ride with a mirror attached to my helmet so I can see what’s behind me but it’s possible to miss a car behind me since my primary focus is on what’s ahead. The Varia RTL515 covers the gap in concentration and watches my back. It has an amazing range, picking up cars 100 yards back, and provides good visual and auditory cues when paired with the iPhone app. I have yet to discern a false positive or missed car.
I got this for Father’s Day but I downloaded the app a long time ago waiting for someone to get the hint. It works exactly as advertised. I can put it in my under seat pouch and still hear it easily and I can’t hear very well. Only a couple of things could be improved. One of them is the distance it picks up a car which is 153 yards. Sounds pretty far but when that car is coming 75 or 80 mph it’s just a few seconds before he is on top of you. Another 50 yards would be perfect. The other thing is when the alarm goes off there could be 3 or 4 cars coming with only one signal, which is fine but you better look at your monitor before you dart back in traffic lane. Anyway the fact is I love it. Wish I had one a year ago. I’m 75 years old and do all my riding on highways and my neck won’t turn enough to see behind me. I stare into my mirror constantly which makes my neck worse. Now I just check my mirror when the alert goes off.
This burned a road pattern into my phones screen!
Thanks garmin. I love this thing!
Used to be great. Now nothing can form a network and this app just errors out now. So much for the “upgrade “. This app is now useless to me. 😩😩
This radar definitely makes me more visible and aware of traffic on my rides. Very reliable. My main wish is some app improvements. Most import the need to be able to adjust the alert volume independently of the phone volume. I ride with music and I would like to make the alerts louder without blasting the music. When the is any wind noise the alert sounds can get drowned out. It would also be great to have some basic music controls since the screen is always on anyway. One additional recommendation is that the unit should remember the last setting for the flash pattern of the light. It’s a minor annoyance but my $20 LED light cans do this.
I’m disappointed that I can’t change the light mode on my Varia device via the app. It looks like it’s possible via one of the Edge computers but I don’t own one of those devices.
We bought the RTL510 and learned that this app would not work with the 510. I was able to return the 510 and replaced it with the RTL515. We ride a tandem bicycle and the nice loud alert that the app emits draws our attention to the fact that we have a vehicle or vehicles approaching from the rear. The app works great with the RTL515. It connected immediately with no hassle.
Too bad this doesn’t work with the RTL510. I just got my 510 and while I’m waiting for my Edge 520+ to arrive (another week +), this app would have been a great way to get using the radar unit. Can’t really rate it fairly but it looks like it might be cool.