Speed-camera detector? We wish

U.K. gadget works only with public information on speed traps

It's war out there on the open highway. And we're not talking about road rage, either. The true enemy's most feared weapon of choice (to some people, we hear) is the radar gun.


Highway patrol officers still get a good laugh at those puny radar detectors people pathetically tried to use in the '80s. But there's a new toy in town, and it's called the Inforad GPS V3. Available in Europe, as reported by Shiny Shiny, this gadget starts flashing and beeping like a banshee whenever your car approaches a speed camera.

There's just one problem: The V3's system is based on a public database of camera locations--which, the last time we looked, is not something readily available in the United States. That, after all, would take the fun out of the state-trooper ambush, a hallowed American tradition for generations.

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