Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Southern Oregon
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The V1 seems to be quite sensitive. I believe it is just looking for IR light in a specific frequency range, or maybe the beam carries other info, like pulses. So, obviously, it will trigger if the detector is looking right at the cop's laser beam.
But I have gotten other indirect readings. Laser does poorly in fog, but if they try to use it when it is a bit hazy, it seems the beam scatters a bit, sort of lighting up the sky in the immediate vicinity. At least that's what I conjecture, because I have gotten readings under these conditions where I'm not directly in the beam's path. Also, the beam can get reflected in convoluted ways. For example, maybe the beam hits the chrome bumper of a truck. It is then reflected to a nearby sign, and then back to me. A number of my warnings seem to arrive in this way, as when I get them, the source (cop car) is not at all visible to me.
As for around corners, over crest of hill, etc. it normally will not pick up such emissions. But occasionally, there is some object (sign, fence, whatever) that may/might give a reflection adequate enough to trigger the detector. But even if not, remember that he has to see you, then "shoot" you, and try to target you well enough to get a usable bounce off of your car. If your reactions are quick enough, you can often hammer the brakes hard enough to slow down before he gets a usable reading off of you.
The V1 has a rather harsh laser alarm. All LEDS on the face flash brightly, and it emits a very loud obnoxious noise not unlike the fire alarm in my house. When I hear this, my immediate reaction is to stomp on the brake hard into full ABS mode. It's an instinctive response. After you re-start your heart, you should find that you're speed is down to legal levels.
The police laser is infrared (thus not visible). But if you take an ordinary red laser pointer and play around with it, you can get an idea of how it works. Like shine it into some fog or rain. Try illuminating the front of your car and see what really lights up, etc. Dark colors - and blue - don't reflect well. Chrome obviously does. Oregon has several options of license plate designs, and I chose the Crater Lake plates because they are blue. The lettering is white, but I figured that if I could get as much of the surface non-reflective it is better than the luminescent white plate that is standard issue. Of course, currently this is a bit of a moot issue, as I haven't mounted the front plate to the QP.