Forums

Police Radar Detector

Police Radar Detector

Wondering if anyone has installed one in their TM3 and wants to give some feedback? I had one 10+ years ago in an Audi and loved it. Worked great. I mentioned getting one and some friends of mine said cops of lasers now and fuzz busters don't work. Thoughts?

I find myself having much fun driving but often I am over the speed limit.....

Lorenzryanc | January 11, 2019

Maybe it'll be an over-the-air update :) I too drive faster than I should, I'm hoping to blame my first ticket on AP. I don't want anything messing up my sleek interior though, so I'll have to slow it down I suppose.

Mike UpNorth | January 11, 2019

Yeah, hard wiring it would make me nervous.

ialsoagree | January 12, 2019

I had one a few years back (obviously not in a model 3), never detected cops - I would seem them visually set up for speed trap, but detector would never go off.

The problem is, most police now use LIDAR, and can sit with their LIDAR off until they're ready to detect a vehicle. That means your detector won't go off until your speed is being read - if it goes off at all. You might be lucky enough to pick up LIDAR use on a vehicle in front of you, but LIDAR uses a narrow beam and your detector may not detect the signal hitting another car (the entire point of narrow beam LIDAR is to eliminate any confusion over which cars speed is being read - the beam only hits one car, and if the car isn't yours, there's nothing for your radar detector to pick up).

This is what I've read up on since owning one, so my information may be a little incorrect, but at this point I just don't think detectors are worth the cost - you'd need an expensive model, and even then there's no guarantees it will give you any advanced warning of a speed trap. Also check your local state laws, even if detectors aren't banned, there may be rules about mounting them that may make it prohibitive to use in a model 3.

T35L4 | January 12, 2019

Just use Waze.

AMAZEU | January 12, 2019

I use radar detectors and binoculars all the time when I drive. EAP helps a lot with the binoculars if you don't have a shotgun. You have to buy a top rated detector and keep the firm ware up. There are many options and you need to pick the one that is right for you. Some of them use WAZE to inform you of speed traps and Escort has there own crowd sourced service that they implement. Lots of good info on Youtube.. WAZE works if there are other WAZERS but if you are half way to nowhere there are no WAZERS. I you want to go really fast, like over 120 use everything. I have my detector mounted on the back side of the display monitor and ran the power cord under the driver side trim on the center console. It looks like a telephone cord not curly and slips right under the trim.

Mike UpNorth | January 12, 2019

Binoculars?! You crazy. Lol

charged1 | January 12, 2019

FWIW - Over the years my radar detectors have saved me a ton of money so I'll be doing whatever is necessary to get one installed in my Tesla when it arrives.

tatz | January 12, 2019

i hardwired a uniden r3 with a blendmount right under my rear view. works and looks great.

Robert | January 12, 2019

I am using a Escort Pasport 9500IX and it is mounted behind the back seat just above the middle seat head rest. It is plugged into a “Small Anker Battery Pack with 12Voutlet” that sits in the trunk. I was to concerned about trying to hardwire it. From this location it works perfectly! I have to take the battery pack out once a a week and charge it up. Having the radar detector is a must in Utah.

drbob | January 12, 2019

Anyone install a laser jammer in their Model 3 - radar is relatively easy to spot. Laser is the one to fear - they can pick you off a mile away

ODWms | January 12, 2019

Waze integration in an upcoming update would be an awesome addition to the on screen navigation system. I’d welcome it!

Chicken Parm | January 12, 2019

@tatz Can you post a link that describes the steps to hard wire.

@ODWms type teslawaze in the web browser. it doesn't have audio alerts yet, but works reasonably well in some circumstances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAE1_re5wCs

gadget63 | January 12, 2019

I rely on waze, and staying just 5 miles above the speed limit. Haven't been stopped yet after years of doing it this way

raghavan.natarajan | January 12, 2019

Google owns WAZE. Not sure they will integrate with TESLA.

drbob | January 12, 2019

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto would solve the Waze issue

Chicken Parm | January 12, 2019

@raghaven You can get Waze on the web browser. Check the youtube link posted above

ODWms | January 12, 2019

@Chicken Parm, thanks for the tip. Will definitely try it out!