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

Featured as part of BMW's ConnectedDrive digital service.

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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 (53)

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

      6 months 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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        6 months ago
    • Couldn’t of said it better!!

        6 months ago
  • BMW enabling irresponsible reckless driving behavior? 🤦🏻‍♂️

      6 months ago
    • It's good for not falling for speed traps

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

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

      6 months ago
  • Not permitted in Virginia.

      6 months 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.

        6 months 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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        6 months ago
  • Jeeps have this for FREE so annoying as all the speed cameras are turnt off and there no way to turn off the irritating noise. It doesn't find mobile speed cameras, only fixed ones.

      6 months ago
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