Right now I’m sitting at the gate of the Buffalo NY Airport, waiting on my flight back to Phoenix. Had a wonderful experience at the Bel/Escort factory yesterday and in the coming weeks I’ll be preparing my write up for a full report.
Last night I went to Niagara Falls and toasted my BlackBerry on the boat trip that takes you to the bottom of the Canadian side of the falls. The little plastic raincoat that they provided wasn’t enough to keep out the streams of water that soaked me to the bone. When I got off the boat and started the trek back up the hill, my phone made one little last chirp for an incoming call and the screen died…
Anyway, Had an opportunity to pass on several questions to from forum members directly to Escort/Bel’s main management team, here is an overview of a few of them while waiting for my plane:
New product announcements: Yes Escort/Beltronics is working on several new products, none of which they wanted to discuss publicly. If there is a new filing with the FCC for a new radar detector product, the FCC has a 90 day window to maintain confidentiality on that filing, unless an extension is filed. So basically watch the “90 day window” for any announcements regarding radar detectors from any manufacture…
Mark/UnMark Feature: They do understand that there is some confusion and incorrect information being passed regarding the Truelock feature and they did say that they were currently working on a new video to address this.
The detector is frequency specific when locking out a frequency and that the detector will continue to record all radar frequencies encountered once the sequence is started, until the GPS records that it had left the general area (Escort was hesitant to disclose the distance it continues to record for proprietary reasons)
Escort offered this explanation. The driver is in a shopping center parking lot, there are numerous door openers in the immediate area. The driver marks out the area with truelock. The 9500 will continue recording the exact frequency of devices it detects and mark them in their database. Once the detector detects through GPS that is has left this area, the detector will stop recording alerts into the Truelock database.
I think that this will explain some of my past experiences with the 9500 that contradicts the GOL tests that were done at the same location, earlier this year.
9500i Database/Software: Yes they are working on the software, when will it become available, they did not want to commit at this time to any time frame. I got the sense that they are close but have some other obstacles to clear up prior to making the software public.
Second AutoScan mode for STi (and other detectors): This was a feature that their product development team(s) were discussed in adding to their detectors in the past. They said that most of their great ideas come from the public and now that they are hearing that this is a feature that is being asked for, they may consider adding this in the future.
Radar Detector Updates: Yes, they do make updates to both the firmware and the hardware of the various radar detectors. Do they make comments on these updates and/or announce them, no.
More to follow in the coming weeks....