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Radar Detectors

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by vfx, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. vfx

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    Now that there are more owners, I thought that I'd revive this dead thread.

    1st off, vfx, your link is dead. Do you remember the gist of it?

    Specifically, I was wondering if anyone has found a good radar/laser detector solution for the Tesla. I've been driving my car very calmly, so I don't have any tickets, but I'd like to keep it that way. My previous car had a detector, and I miss knowing when the fuzz is around. I searched the forum and I know that cinergi and Dr. Taras have some sort of detector in their vehicles, but I couldn't find where they disclose the brand/make.

    Specifically, I don't like the ones you have to put in and take out all the time. I like the ones with the "concealed" installation. It's even better when my wife can't even see it. :wink: I was checking out some that have a bluetooth link with my iPhone (cobra and valentine1?) Does anyone have any experience with these or others?
     
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  4. benji4

    benji4 Roadster 2.5 #0476

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    #4 benji4, Apr 19, 2011
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    Unbelievable timing on reviving this thread kgb... I was just thinking of posting to it as well so here we go. In Japan a lot of the highways have 80km/h speed limits, and unfortunately they also have a lot of automated radar/camera devices called "Orvis" which record your speed, take a picture of your license plate and your face of course, and then send you a notice to show up at the police station (if you don't show up, the police just come to you but better not to test that theory for obvious reasons). Anything over 120km/h (40 km/h + over the limit) and you'll pay upwards of a $1000 fine, lose your license for one month, and have to attend a one day class (which if you pass a test afterwards the license suspension is dropped to one day). Anything over 130km/hr (50km/h + over the limit) and you lose your license for 6 months, pay a big fine, and must attend a 2 day class (which they also charge you $200 or something for).

    Anyway, since the Roadster accelerates so nicely without even know it really, and since I can't see the gauge, I passed a car the other day who obviously knew the Orvis was there because he slowed down, and I blew by it setting it off. This sets off a very bright infrared flash (it looks like the sun lighting up almost) and it takes accurate digital photos even at night. The newer ones are connected by ATM line to the police, and you get a notice in the mail normally in 2 or 3 days.

    I checked my log files that night and found out I hit 139km/hr when I was clocked (the flash and radar reading come almost at the exact same moment). I've been extremely lucky not to have go the notice yet (maybe because the roof of the Roadster hid my face??), but it's scary to say the least since it's just so easy to hit those kind of speeds or higher in this car. Only in 10% of cases if Orvis flashes does the notice not come, so I'm praying I don't end up in the 90% and have my license suspended. Reasons for not receiving a notice are that they could not see your face in the photo, rare but a possibility with the Roadster, or there are also 'dummy' Orivis' put out on the road just to warn people to slow down. Sometimes they also fire a 'warning shot' too.... but in most cases if it flashes you are busted. I'd really like to avoid this situation in the future. I doubt anybody has information about a good radar detector for Japan, but here is one I thought would be very nice -->

    Rakuten: Comtech ZERO 552M (COMTEC) GPS Mirror Radar Detector (ZERO552M)- Shopping Japanese products from Japan

    Although most of that page is in Japanese, notice the stunning screen shots showing all sorts of different speed traps. There is an English description at the bottom that looks like it was done with Google, but it is readable.

    If this fits the Roadster I'm definately a buyer.... Let me know if anyone has any ideas.
     
  5. benji4

    benji4 Roadster 2.5 #0476

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    I ended up installing the following radar detector:

    Vendor's website (Japanese)
    YUPITERU GWM-55sd Radar Detector Mirror type

    An outfit selling them to English speakers:
    Rakuten: Jupiter GPS Radar Detector Mirror type GWM-55sd [YUPITERU] [GWM55sd] [SuperCat] [Supakyatto] [Free Shipping]- Shopping Japanese products from Japan


    It just clips onto the rear view mirror and gives you a mirrow about twice the size the standard one. It's a very nice mirror with a wide, clear view, but it does vibrate quite a bit unfortunatly because of the added weight. I don't know if there is any way to tighten up the Roadsters mirror to avoid this..... I tested the unit today and it was pretty educational seeing where speed traps are set around the city.

    I've currently got it running from the 12V accessory outlet under the center consol which is not the best solution as a wire hangs down from the mirror at the moment! This device supports OBD II with an optional adapter and I was hoping just to plug it right into the Roadster's OBB port and get both power and of course real-time information from the car from there, but I called the support number and they said they only support Japanese vehicles for their OBD II option! That makes total sense now that I think about it though, so ODB not an option at the moment.

    Anyway, I wanted to ask if other drivers who are using radar detectors (and other devices as well) are using the 12V accessory outlet to power them, or is it better to piggy-back off a fuse in the fuse box? The device has power cord with a 1 Amp fuse for connecting directly into the fuse box, and then the other cord which I'm currently using with the cigar lighter plug..... I'll get a picture of this after I can figure out something about getting the dangling cord out of the way!
     
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    #6 stenkb, Apr 22, 2011
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    I went with the Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector (9500IX). Has the GPS built in for speed traps, red lights, etc. Works Great - no false alarms. I mounted my radar detector on the shelf behind the seats (touches the rear window) with sticky velcro tape. It fits great there - and I am able to hide the wire down between the seats plugged into the 12V acc outlet. You don't even realize it is there until it starts protecting you. :)

    Passport 9500ix - Radar Detectors | Laser Detectors | Radar Laser Experts ESCORT Radar

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    I've got the same model, and was trying to work out how to mount it in my new roadster. Near the rear window, does it still have good view forward? Not so interested in laser detection (too late, no point), but need good forward radar detection capability.
     
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    There are radar detectors now that interface with your smart phone to use GPS and the data connection to warn about speed traps and other features. Made a post on it here.
     
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    Can you take a picture so we can see exactly how you have it mounted? Thanks.
     
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    Next there will be a mandatory app that uses your smart phone and GPS to notify the authorities whenever it detects that you are speeding... :scared:
     
  11. stenkb

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    #11 stenkb, Apr 22, 2011
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    I would love to!!!!!!!!!!!! but my car is still in for repairs from my November hit n run :( :( :(

    when (if) I get it back I will surely post how my radar was installed.... :)
     
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    I have the cobra iradar (iPhone app integration). I've never had a detector and this one was a present so i have no idea how it compares. I must say, though, there have been a couple times where it didn't detect anything until I reached line of sight (around a corner or over the hump of a hill) so I haven't come to trust it. And given where the iPhone sits in the roadster I don't tend to use the app either ... I put Velcro on the bottom of it so I can just place it on the carpeting behind the seats which makes it easy to remove/replace.
     
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    They could already do that if they wanted, no app required.
     
  14. benji4

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    I got my rear view mirror-integrated YUPITERU GWM-55sd radar piggy-backed onto the accessory fuse last night, all the wires now hidden away. It's been pretty educational seeing all the places in Tokyo where speed traps are set up, much more than I'd have thought there were (obvious I guess because they are hidden mostly). The unit also warns if a police car is in your vicinity or about to pass you coming from the opposite direction as well as telling you when it's again out of range. It's proved to be pretty accurate as I look out after the warning and am noticing the patrol cars. I'll take it out on the freeway today and see how it does with the more sophisticated devices (stealth, loop coil, and some of the other Orvis devices waiting out there for me!).
     
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    Benji, please post some pictures. Does this mean you have a big rearview mirror? I just upgraded to the sector 111 micro-mirror... but I like the idea of mirror integrated radar detector.
     
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    stenkb Roadster 938 Model S 5957

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    Ok - I have my car back now - 6 months........ but at least I now have it again :)

    Here are a couple pics of my radar detector.
     

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    Congrats Kevin on getting your car back! :cool:
     

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