April 11, 2005 — A new speed-measuring system that its inventors say is fully undetectable may someday render radar detectors useless.
The inventors, from the University of Florida, will outline the research in a paper in an upcoming issue of the journal Transactions on Robotics and Automation.
The technology is so new that police are not yet equipped with it.
However, the device's inventors say that could change at any time, since it would take minimal effort to outfit officers with the system.
The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research also is interested in the research, which it plans to apply to robotic airplanes and ground vehicles for surveillance purposes.
"It (the new system) will be forever undetectable since it does not emit any form of energy that gives itself away, like radar and laser systems," said Warren Dixon, a university assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who was part of the research team.
Radar and laser guns transmit beams to a moving object. Upon hitting the object, the beam changes frequency. When the beam returns back to the gun, the frequency change is deciphered to determine speed.
Detectors can pick up a gun's bands of energy and alert speeding motorists that someone is watching. As a result, many speeders avoid getting tickets.
Dixon told Discovery News that the new device, inspired by human vision, eliminates radar and laser beams altogether.
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