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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2005, 3:15 pm Thread Starter
 
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Speed Camera Warning GPS for Motorcycles !

Found this at blogs.motorbiker....

Yes, the very first speed camera warning system that's perfectly legal to use in Europe, and that's based on GPS technology, finally makes the transition to motorcycles. An innovative GPS that holds a downloadable database of all fixed radars and potential areas where mobile radars operate. When you ride close to an area where there's a radar, the system starts beeping and flashing a diode to warn you to slow down.

Well, the folks at Inforad have launched a MOTORCYCLE specific warning system! The new system consists of:
@ A fixed unit, bolted on to your motorcycle (probably under the seat)
@ A removable cartridge holder (the cartridge plugs into your computers USB port)
@ A small antenna



@ A diode on a 20 cm long tube



@ A powerblock wired to your battery

The central unit is connected to the removable cartridge. If new radar positions are available on the internet, you connect the cartridge to the USB port of your computer and download them. The cartridge has enough memory to hold 10,000 radar positions.

Operation:



Currently, not all of Europe is covered.

When you ride in one of the countries that is covered, within 20 seconds of reaching a radar, the system will start flashing its diode, warning you of the upcoming speed trap.

It's that simple !

Legality

Believe it or not, but this system is totally legal in Europe. It's not a radar detector. You can do similar with almost any current GPS system, but programming in waypoints/markers.

Cost/Availability

The unit costs 135 ? (first year updates are free, after that 36 ?/year).
Availability (in France): 25th of July 2005

.. a little PS! we got a cousine of this avail in Norway too.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 2005, 7:29 am
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I run one of these. The reason they are legal is because the concept of speed cameras believe it or not is to improve road safety not entrap drivers. So we now paint all our cameras bright yellow so they can be seen better and put up warning signs in advance. Camera sites require formal planning applications so their locations are documented, in the public domain and there's no legal difference between a map of the locations and an electronic database linking your position by gps.

Don't think it's all good though. There may be less troopers on the roads, but these things can use number plate recognition and several cameras along a route monitoring your average speeds. The tickets just come unexpectedly in the mail depending on the quality of your rear plate and the type of visor you use! Some sites are all signed up but they are time shared by mobile trooper units.

We still have nasty crimes which don't get solved, so throwing money and time at speeding drivers is easy picking and looks good in the crime statistics.



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Speed/Red light Camera Warning system

We have something available here in Canada called "otto". It's a gps receiver with tha appropriate data base. Current data base includes Winnipeg, Edmonton, Red Deer, & Ottawa. Rural Manitoba will be coming next year. Cost is under $300 cdn. I talked with them this week to ask if the software is/would be availble to integrate into a gps unit and they said it is on their to look into list. Just over two tickets from these cameras would pay for the otto unit here in Winnipeg. Dave
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Does anyone know of a free downloadable database of red-light camera locations in the U.S.? I have seen some companies trying to sell similar US databases on the internet, but was wondering if anyone knows of a free version. I believe the commercial vendors claim they track over 3,000 red light cameras. Anyone out there using this type of information on a TomTom?
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