LIDAR is an acronym for LIght
A police laser emits a highly focused beam of invisible light, in
the near infrared region of light, that is centered at 904nm of
wavelength and is only about 22 inches (56cm) in diameter at
1000 feet (300m). Unlike police RADAR which directly determines a
vehicle's speed by measuring its doppler shift, police laser-lidar
calculates speed by observing the changing amount of time is
takes to "see" reflected pulses of light over a discreet amount
Older Generation I & II police laser guns (ie; LTI 20/20 Marksman, KS Prolaser I/II) - which have long been
out of production - today pose little or no threat to drivers as they are no longer used - and were fairly easy to defeat.
Generation III (Gen 3) police lasers such as the Laser Technology (LTI) Ultralyte 100/200LRB,
Kustom Signals Pro Laser III, and Stalker LZ-1 account for the majority of guns
currently in operation in the US with Laser Atlanta attempting
to gain market share with the new S-model. The Riegl LR90 and
Jenoptik Laveg/LaserPatrol are European police laser guns for use
in their respective markets.
For 2006, two new ultralight (~1lb) guns have been introduced into the traffic enforcement market by Kustom Signals - the binocular-styled
Pro-Lite and Pro-Lite+ - that should prove to be quite popular and are much more
price competitive with their RADAR gun counterparts - meaning that police laser is
only going to become even more popular!
In 2007, there are several new police laser guns being introduced into the European market which appear to be unjammable, at least for the moment!
While we haven't experienced these police laser's first hand, we fully expect Veil to continue to have a positive impact (for the driver) on their
ability to target would-be speeders—Veil's mechanism for defeating police laser is different from laser jammers and should provide a level
of protection to concerned drivers until the laser jammer manufacturers can devise an effective active/electronic countermeasure to these new-fangled
For 2008, expect smaller, lighter, and less expensive newer generation police lasers (Gen IV), such as the Laser Technology (LTI) TruSpeed™, the first police
laser gun to retail for less than $2000USD making them a cost competitive alternative to mobile hand-held police radar guns, while at the same time promising lower back-end "conviction" costs
to traffic control departments which deploy them.
These latest generation police laser-lidar guns are much more difficult to defeat than their earlier Gen II or I predecessors.
After many hours of testing this product with different cars
and different speed police laser guns, we have determined five primary
contributors to police laser's effectiveness. They are (in order of
decreasing importance): whether or not a license or vanity plate
is mounted on the front of a vehicle; the surface-area of
headlights, fog lights, and parking/running lights that are
positioned in the front; the amount of large sections of chrome
that is perpendicular to the road facing the front; the shape of
the vehicle - specifically how much of the vehicle is vertical
or perpendicular to the road; and finally the color of the
vehicle (white being the easiest to detect) and type of
automotive paint (metallic being the easiest to detect.)
Let's examine each one of these factors which contribute to a
vehicle's "visibility" to police laser/lidar.
Most states and
countries require the use of a front license plate (as of this
writing, only seventeen states do not.) These plates are mounted
perpendicular to the road surface, thereby acting as a strong
reflector of light energy. Furthermore, most current state
plates are retro-reflective which, in effect, magnifies or
intensifies the amount of reflected light. We have found that
even on black cars that have hidden head lights, such as
Corvettes, when they have a front-mounted license plate,
effective targeting range increases as much as four times!
Head/fog lights and parking/running lamps are also strong reflectors however they
are typically spaced farther apart and since the LIDAR beam only
strikes a portion of them at any one time, they are the
secondary contributing factor.
Vehicles that have large sections of chrome are easier to target than do vehicles
that do not or have complex thin chrome grills with a lot of
space in between them.
The frontal shape of a vehicles plays a large role in effecting the targeting range
of laser. Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, and many import sports
cars have steeply raked front-ends that have fewer surfaces that
are perpendicular to the road. Therefore, cars which are
aerodynamic looking are likely harder to target with laser as
these kinds of vehicles reflect laser light away from the gun
source. These types of vehicles stand to benefit the most when
The color and type of paint contributes to a vehicle's stealth nature. Metallic and/or
light cars are easier to target at greater range than darker
non-metallic cars. You may be surprised to see that color is not
higher on the list of importance, however, we have found that
all laser guns have improved, since their debut, to the point
that the other factors play a more important role in
contributing to the overall visual signature to laser. However,
darker vehicles will tend to benefit the most with
VEIL, because once the reflected portions are obscured
with VEIL, the car's color will be the source of any remaining
How can I Avoid a Laser Speeding Tickets?
Drive a darker car!
Seriously, if you happen to own a light-colored car or
truck, consider putting a protective bra on the front. These
bras are generally black and will reduce the effective
targeting range and maximize you chances to avoid/beat police laser speeding tickets.
Remove any front vanity plate and/or cover the area with
clear plate cover that has been coated on both sides with
VEIL. Paint all reflective objects (lights).
essential device to use is a good
radar detector in
combination with Veil; there are a number of very good
units on the market. Whatever you do, do not skimp on one of
these as the cost of just one ticket, the subsequent point
assessments and insurance premium surcharges can run in the
many hundreds of dollars.
For the ultimate protection against
police laser, consider using VEIL in conjunction with a
reliable and proven
The performance of these electronics varies markedly and
could mean the difference from a "close call" to a healthy
fine. Do your research.
Trustworthy sources of information are
available on-line at
Motor Trend, RadarTest.com, Speed Measurement Labs,
Radar Roy, and our very own real-world
radar detector reviews and
laser detectors comparison.
One of the most effective things you can
do to reduce your chances of getting LIDAR speeding tickets
is to be conscious of your surroundings. As of this writing,
LIDAR must be operated from a stationary point (although
that will likely change soon.)
Additionally, the officer will likely operate the gun from a
vantage point of the side of the road ahead, albeit at a
greater distance than RADAR. Therefore, be an attentive
driver; get to know where traffic enforcement generally
occurs and what technology is being deployed such as LIDAR,
RADAR, VASCAR, etc.
Observe the behavior of other vehicles in front of you. For
example, as cars in front of you drive around a curve or
travel under an overpass, do they brake from no apparent
reason? Their drivers may be reacting to a speed trap.
Finally (and this will sound trite), do not drive too
excessively for the conditions. I have from time to time
blundered in a speed trap, being inattentive to my speed,
and have had time to slow down to a point that the officer
won't bother pulling me over. I have found that, for the
most part troopers are just doing their job and will likely
cut you some
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