The number of drivers who use radar detectors continues to grow. Sales of about two million units are expected in 1986, a 30% increase over 1985. Several new companies have entered the field, or announced their intentions to do so, and it may be due in part to increased competition that detector technology has surged ahead in recent months. The most obvious trend has been to miniaturization. Performance shows improvement in sensitivity, audible alarm and filter functions. Most detectors can now be mounted on the sun visor. This poses a safety problem, however, since they are harder to read and divert the driver's attention. Also, they are in danger of falling or pulling the visor down unexpectedly, and the dangling cord can be distracting, and potentially hazardous. This article reports the results of laboratory and field tests of various radar detector models. Costs of the units tested ranged from $99 to $295.

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    DCI, Incorporated

    Road and Track, 1499 Monrovia Avenue
    Newport Beach, CA  United States  92663
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  • Publication Date: 1986-9

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.
  • Serial:
    • Road and Track
    • Volume: 38
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: DCI, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0035-7189

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 197
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM