I'm curious to gather some reactions here regarding a "what if" question about detector design...
Certainly a fully integrated, custom installed design like the Escort 9500ci offers some wonderful advantages - potentially higher performance, stealthy, aesthetics, anti-theft, etc.
Likewise, a windshield mounted detector has some of its own advantages - portability from vehicle to vehicle, ease of installation, a minimum of wires, ease of repair, etc.
But I wonder, why not combine the better aspects of each of these approaches with some of the newest technologies in wireless communication and integration? It would seem to me that it would be easy to have a " forward antenna unit" that mounted on the windshield... Low on the dash, high behind the mirror, whichever you prefer, and that this unit be powered, either by a cigarette lighter plug or hard-wired. Then you could have a "rear antenna unit" that communicated with this unit wirelessly, and it could be small and semi-permanently mounted in the rear window. The display and control unit could be small, separate, and come with a number of mounting possibilities to allow you to mount it in various ways and places.
GPS would be a snap for a system like this, too. You could even add side antennas if anybody felt it was necessary.
This could be the basis of an even more expandable unit - i.e. add wirelessly linked and controlled laser jamming units, etc.
And with today's bluetooth capabilities, etc. it would easily be possible to have the unit link with the car's sound system so audio and voice alerts could come over the car's speakers.
Anybody else see this as the way detectors should go?
What are your ideas?