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    Default How to upgrade your detector?

    I've read how certain of the high-end models of detectors can be "software upgraded" (which I assume means reprogramming an EPROM) but no one has ever explained how this is done.

    As en engineer and programmer I am comfortable doing things like this, and I am wondering if it is as simple as downloading a firmware patch from the BEL/Escort/Valentine website and burning it on an EPROM and popping it in the unit? It really could and should be that simple. In fact, I would like to see detectors with firewire or USB ports so that you can plug them in your computer and upload the firmware, much like flashing your computer BIOS to a later version.

    ALSO, I would like to see detectors start to maintain a history of alerts with date/time stamps, and be able to download that to my computer so I can produce reports relating to where the traps are and where the false alerts occur. And, if there was a standard format then all owners could upload their reports to a central website that would be much more accurate and timely for radar speed traps!

    THESE are the types of ideas that the radar detector manufacturers need to hear, and they need to start implementing them in order to jump-start the aging detector genre of consumer electronics. Everything is now computer-based....my radar detector ought to be as well.

    Thoughts?

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    I dont see how the radar detector is going to remember the location of the speed traps...

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    They exist. They are mostly in the UK, as there is extensive use of fixed Gatso cameras.

    Here, we had the Gatso's first in the early 1970's, there was a huge public outcry, the goverment changed and they were gone for good

    Mobile speedtraps are common, but it's pretty dumb to hit the brakes everywhere someone had saw a speedtrap, it would mean you'd always be under alert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    I dont see how the radar detector is going to remember the location of the speed traps...
    No..._I_ would remember, thus the time stamp. When the detector goes off I would look at the dash clock and later that night would annotate my downloaded data.

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    Anyone remember the Uniden GPSRD?

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    High end radar detectors are software upgradable to a degree. I don't understand why they make a big deal about software changes. The 8500 cannot be upgraded to a 8500X50 because it has a different antenna. You can only upgrade the 8500 for pop detection :roll: The V1 upgrade to pop2 is also not a software upgrade, but a hardware upgrade.

    I am not sure how the software upgrade could be done to the 8500 or V1; but it might be through the jack since it's linked to a bus (I assume a serial; 2 power pins, 2 signal).


    There's problems with your wish system. You can't take "normal" peoples data, because it could be incorrect. Too much incorrect data and people would not trust it. You would have to pay a professional to drive the whole USA and map out all the automatic door openers. It would be impossible to update the database because new stores are being built every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joop1987
    I don't understand why they make a big deal about software changes.
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    I remember that Uniden GPSRD I think mushu would love it its close to what he is looking for but discontinued. Can probably find one used although it did not detect radar very well I hear.

    As far as the laser detector goes I don't think they really care because as soon as they pull the trigger you are toast anyway rarely an early warning.

    As far as the jammer and the detector goes its just a simple retrofit.

    As far as laser I have only been hit twice in my whole life its a real pain to use laser.

    As far as my next long road trip I am using Veil, no front plate and what's the name of that radar detector that consistently picks up a trailing vehicle being hit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by V1 Dave
    I remember that Uniden GPSRD I think mushu would love it its close to what he is looking for but discontinued. Can probably find one used although it did not detect radar very well I hear.

    As far as the laser detector goes I don't think they really care because as soon as they pull the trigger you are toast anyway rarely an early warning.

    As far as the jammer and the detector goes its just a simple retrofit.

    As far as laser I have only been hit twice in my whole life its a real pain to use laser.

    As far as my next long road trip I am using Veil, no front plate and what's the name of that radar detector that consistently picks up a trailing vehicle being hit?
    I believe it is a letter followed by one number.......could it be........

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