How Radar Detectors and Laser Detectors have Evolved

Laser Radar Detection Systems are designed for motorists to be alerted to the presence of speed traps before they reach them, giving them enough time to slow down to the required speed limit and avoid a hefty fine.

Although driving over the limit at ridiculous speeds is in no doubt dangerous, the increase in speeding fines for minute infringements is nothing but a government ploy to obtain more taxes. Therefore the appeal of these radar detectors is universal and the advancement in technology, along with the increase in demand, has brought the prices down to affordable levels. Nowadays anyone can afford a laser radar detection system and just like mobile cell phones, they scale from a cheap and basic model to a super-fancy, top-of-the-range, feature-packed system,  with many more to choose from in between.

Does your radar detector look like this?

Does your radar detector look like this?

Laser Radar Detectors are still illegal in many countries around the world, but in America the laws vary from state to state and in the UK laser detectors are completely legal.

The original Radar Detectors worked by detecting the Doppler range-frequency of law-enforcement radar equipment and were able to give warning to the driver as far as 6 miles away. Over time radar detection systems have evolved, but so have the radar guns and equipment used by law enforcement in a bid to combat each other in a form of electronic “warfare”.  With great advancements in technology, this has resulted in ever-superior radar detector designs as they each battle it out to defeat one another.

One of the features of a more sophisticated and pricey detector is the fact that it can jam the radio waves of the radar guns, scrambling the data that is returned to the police radar equipment. But in direct response to this, there is also counteractive technology available to detect the radar detector.

The most recent development is the ability for the radar detectors to sense laser technology, such as the laser guns commonly used by police officers, also known as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR detectors are never as accurate as radar detectors because the laser light beams are far more concentrated on their target and unlike radar, they don’t emit radio signals out to the sides, but they too are advancing in their designs and many laser radar detector models can now warn you of a police officer wielding a laser speed gun in ample time.

Prices for these systems range from just under $100. to over $2000  for a top-notch gadget, packed with lots of extra benefits.

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