For $25, BMW will use radar detectors to warn you about speed cameras

    Featured as part of BMW's ConnectedDrive digital service.

    For the American market, BMW recently released a new traffic camera detection feature built into BMW's ConnectedDrive suite, primarily used for updating drivers of upcoming speed and red-light cameras.

    Labelled the Traffic Camera Information service, the system not only reads from a network of publicly available data about fixed cameras - it's also capable of using radar and laser detectors to warn drivers of cameras around the area in real time though the digital dashboard.

    Traffic Camera Information will be offered as a free three month trial on selected BMW models from 2021, and owners of cars fitted with the service will be able to purchase 15 additional months for $25 USD.

    For decades, people have used radar detectors for the same purpose.

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    The technology draws data from HERE Technologies and Cedar Electronics.

    A spokesperson for HERE Technologies stated “it’s exciting to watch BMW deliver the next generation of Over The Air services to its customers. The driving experience is being re-shaped by the power of connected, fully embedded vehicle functions and services. HERE is proud to offer the global auto industry a flexible, one stop shop platform for all of its location data, services and technology needs.”

    From what we understand, this service is only available on American market cars and due to legal issues, it's unlikely we'll ever see this technology sold on Australian market cars.

    - AutoNews Australia

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    Comments (52)

    • Definitely will be illegal in the nanny state of the world 🌎 Victoria, Australia 🇦🇺

        3 days ago
      • I don't know and no point in asking good for nothing VicRoads. Probably yes, if it's stand-alone unit, but I was in a brand new Toyota Camry taxi. When I heard strange beeping, driver told me it is speed camera warning and it is built into car's...

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          3 days ago
      • Couldn’t of said it better!!

          3 days ago
    • Illegal in most states. But we still do it. 🥳

        4 days ago
    • BMW enabling irresponsible reckless driving behavior? 🤦🏻‍♂️

        4 days ago
      • It's good for not falling for speed traps

          3 days ago
      • If one does not engage in driving above the regulated speed limits, what trap is there to avoid? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

          3 days ago
    • Not permitted in most places. You could get heavily fined especially in France but being integrated they’re hidden.

        3 days ago
    • Not permitted in Virginia.

        4 days ago
      • I don't know if it's permitted in Australia, but I was in Toyota Camry taxi. When I heard strange beeping, driver told me it is speed camera warning and it is built into car's GPS.

          3 days ago
      • They wouldn't allow it to be sold in VA nor would it pass inspection. It would have to be deactivated.

        If you have a radar detector the state police will pull you over and remove it from your car and politely crush it under their wheel for you. I...

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          3 days ago


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