Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tom asks: Modern police cars have all kinds of electronic crap emitting all kinds of radiation. Can’t some clever IT person devise a detector that can tell when a cop car is near?
My reply: Radar detectors, of course, are designed to do exactly that. The problem, of course, is that they only detect if the radar unit is emitting radar. I’m not sure whether the radio gear, ALPRS (automated plate readers) and other such emit detectable signals; perhaps a device could be designed to separate out AGW-specific “noise” from the general background but I am unaware of any such in existence.
The WAZE app, however, does exist. Also our eyes. Most AGW vehicles are marked and almost all of them are of a few specific types (e.g., the Ford Taurus/Explorer, Chevy Impala/Malibu and – more commonly – the Dodge Charger) and usually have visual tell-tales such as opaque-tint windows and additional antennas on the roof. I find that by using this, best of all detectors, one can spot an AGW in time to avoid trouble 95-plus percent of the time.
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