If you’re worried about losing your driving license through one of the many speed cameras tucked away at the side of the road, you may want to invest in a GPS speed camera detector.
Working in a similar way to satellite navigation systems, GPS speed camera detectors use a database of known camera positions to tell you when you are about to approach a camera. Using GPS technology the detector knows where you are and, in most detectors, in which direction you’re travelling and will then work out whether you are about to encounter a known speed camera.
The camera detector will work out the speed at which you are travelling and then compare that with the speed limit recorded in the database for that camera. If you are exceeding the speed limit the detector will warn you with a combination of audio and/or visual alerts until your speed drops back within the limit.
GPS speed camera detectors can warn you of all known fixed and mobile speed cameras, and include the digital SPECS systems and infrared Truvelo cameras, both of which cannot be detected by radar or laser-based detectors.
The disadvantage of a GPS speed camera detactor is that it is only as good as the data it is using. This means you have to constantly keep your detector up to date by downloading the latest GPS data, and you’ll have to pay a fee (usually a monthly subscription) to access those updates.
Prices for GPS speed camera detectors vary wildly, starting as low as £40 for a very basic system with no display up to around £300 for the most sophisticated systems, usually included with a navigation system. Popular brand names include Road Angel, Talex, Snooper and Inforad.
Shopping For GPS Speed Camera Detectors
If you’re looking for a cheap GPS speed camera detector then you can shop online at somewhere like Amazon for a healthy discount, or try second-hand on Ebay. Alternatively you could try buy from a high-street store like Halfords, who will allow you to reserve the item online and then have a look at it in-store. If you like it you can buy it, if not just walk away without paying a penny.
To give you an idea what to look for, you could consider one of the following camera detectors: