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    GPS Speed detectors - Best option ?

    I am in uk and considering an Origin B2. Main criteria is that it does not perch on the dashboard and very neat to fit. In addition, for a new car will an OPC fit ?

    Any views ?

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    Yeah get a Roadpilot, its smaller,neater,retains a better reception and most important of all their database is by far the most accurate.

    If you want it hardwired ie plugged in all the time, an OPC will definitely do this for you. However it might be cheaper to get a car radio shop to do it for you for free if you buy the GPS detector off them.

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    What da heck is a GPS (Global Positioning System) Speed detector? Thanks.

    Something to check your speed? Any garden variety handheld GPS unit will do that, won't they?

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    I think these devices use GPS and a database of all the stationary photo radar speed cameras (aka "ticket machines") to help you avoid being caught "enjoying your vehicle."

    mcdelaug

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    In the UK there are 1000's of speed cameras fixed on various roads. These "saftey devices" have a Database of their locations and will warn when you are near, indicate speed you should be travelling etc.

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    Here is a CD for Europe:

    http://www.radarkarte.de/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=33

    But you need either a PDA running TomTom or a Becker radio-navigationsystem.

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    Just bought a tomtom GPS satnav and installed it with the mobile and static camera sites which you can get from: http://www.pocketgps.co.uk/modules.php?name=Downloads for free.

    Here's how to install it:
    http://www.expansys.com/forumthread.asp?code=TOMTOMGO&thread=41&man=TOMTO

    I considered a Origin B2 which fits well in a positionn in front of the gear lever and below the air con controls but went for the sat nav in the end as didnt have PCM.

    You have to pay charges yearly on the Origin and it has laser detection so it depends what you want really.

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    Dreamcar - normally resident on the Boxster board - has the Origin and swears by it. Some nice pics of his install over there too - very neat...

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    Isn't it possible to enter the informations about radar positions in the porsche nav system ? by a DVD or a CDrom, or another update ?

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    The GPS "detectors" are useful for the purpose of disclosing locations of fixed speed traps. A radar detector can detect them just as well, with the exception of the SPECS and Truvelo systems (there are more, but you get the point), which don't operate using radar. Very useful in the UK and counties where speedtraps such as these are widespread, but not really useful in other countries. Your best bet is to install a laser jammer and a radar detector, since these other devices are on well-known locations and can hardly surprise you.

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    Sorry but in Belgium, France and Germany, the radar and laser detectors are totally illegal and severely repressed. The GPS detectors (or better said locators) for stationary radars are legal and usefull since these stationary radars are more and more numerous here.
    so my question was : is it possible to update the porsche nav system to make it able to locate those radars as "places of interest" !

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    Crash said:
    The GPS "detectors" are useful for the purpose of disclosing locations of fixed speed traps. A radar detector can detect them just as well, with the exception of the SPECS and Truvelo systems (there are more, but you get the point), which don't operate using radar. Very useful in the UK and counties where speedtraps such as these are widespread, but not really useful in other countries. Your best bet is to install a laser jammer and a radar detector, since these other devices are on well-known locations and can hardly surprise you.



    The passive cameras are only in well known locations local to you. Also, as featured on Fifth Gear, the Tom Tom and similar PDA GPS devices, which you can download off the web for free, are no where near as comprehensive as the data used by the subscription Snooper and Origin databases. As with most things, you get what you pay for. I have a Snooper in my daily drive and Origin B2 in my Boxster and the Origin is superior in every respect. The database is far more up to date than Snooper - there is a Truvelo device in my village for 4 months now and it is STILL not on the Snooper database, but it is there on the Origin! The Snooper is bigger, bulkier and unreliable. The problem with laser detection is the beam of the laser is very narrow, and if it alerts you it is probably too late if you are over the speed limit. Radar has much more scatter, which can be picked up. If you want total piece of mind you need (an illegal) laser blocker, for which the Origin already has provision for attaching.

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    Do you have a perm install for the Origin - is it straight forward to get a power connection ?

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    I never said that the GPS devices weren't useful. I meant to add that they would be invaluable when taking intercity trips on unfamiliar roads, but that seems obvious. The fact is that if I had to choose between a radar and a GPS detector, I would take the former. A fixed speedtrap is still a lot easier to detect and avoid than a hidden radar or laser speedtrap inside some unmarked van. Jammers may be illegal but I'd rather take my chances with the law than being clocked at 240 km/h on the highway.

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    dambox said:
    Do you have a perm install for the Origin - is it straight forward to get a power connection ?



    This was a fixed installation carried out by a local firm of auto-electricians i've used for many years. Where they tapped the power source from I've no idea, I'm afraid.

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    Dreamcar - who did you use in southampton - I also live in the area. Post or send me a PM.

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    dambox said:
    Dreamcar - who did you use in southampton - I also live in the area. Post or send me a PM.



    Anglesea Car Radio, 23-27 Church Street, Shirley, Southampton Tel : 023 8077 9013. Proprietor : Peter Allen.

    I've used them for more years than I care to remember.

     
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