How Radar Detectors Work

The XR-1050 alerts you to conventional police radar as well as laser speed guns. See more car gadget pictures.
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­For many people, speeding is a normal part of daily life. This law-bending is so prevalent and commonly accepted that there is even specialized electronic equipment to help drivers get away with it. Since their introduction in 1970s, radar detectors have become a must-have accessory for would-be Andrettis everywhere.

In this article, we'll find out what radar detectors do and how they do it. We'll also look at more advanced speed guns and detectors and see what police departments are doing to combat detection technology.