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    Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    So I just installed my Escort 8500 x50 in my ATS with the Driver Assist Package and the K-band false alarms are out of control. I had a feeling this was going to happen... was kind of dreading addressing it though. It really goes crazy in the garage and when I pull up behind a vehicle at a red light. It seems to be okay at a regular following distance. Sometimes when stopped at an intersection and a car passes in front of me on the cross street it will go crazy for a few seconds.

    I doubt there is a solution for this (unfortunately). Just figured I'd put a feeler out there and see if anyone else has had this issue. I'm just assuming its one of the additional sensors included in the Driver Assist Package that must be using K band and causing it. Side blind zone? Adaptive Cruise Control? Rear Cross Traffic?

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    Crap. I hate when an Infiniti is behind me with his adaptive cruise on. Looks like I'll hate when an ATS is behind me, too...

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Same with Audi's with the Adaptive Cruise.

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    Well, I'm not 100% on this but most of the legit alarms I get on the highway are for KA band. K band I believe are mainly used on the traffic signs, that tell you your speed. So if this is true some radar detectors will let you ignore certain bands, or can be programmed to do so. Mine is about 5 yrs old and it has a highway feature were it will ignore most alarms at low speed, which i guess, can help when in the driveway.

    Have you tried placing them in different locations?

    Has any one noticed this on the non-driver assist model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caddy809
    Well, I'm not 100% on this but most of the legit alarms I get on the highway are for KA band. K band I believe are mainly used on the traffic signs, that tell you your speed. So if this is true some radar detectors will let you ignore certain bands, or can be programmed to do so. Mine is about 5 yrs old and it has a highway feature were it will ignore most alarms at low speed, which i guess, can help when in the driveway.

    Have you tried placing them in different locations?

    Has any one noticed this on the non-driver assist model?
    Not necessarily true. While it is true that Ka band is always legit police radar, and K and the old X band are used for door openers, there are still many radar guns in use today using K band.

    If you're interested in learning more, go over to Radar Detectors & Jammers forums.

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    My escort does the same thing. I just push the ignore button. That's the only reason I'm not going to hard wire my detector...

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Mine does have the ability to turn of select bands so I might have to just disable the K Band. I've been driving with it on to see if I pick up any non false alarms on the K band. So far nothing but Ka so I might be safe.

    We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jreihsen View Post
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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Quote Originally Posted by jreihsen View Post
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    Different manufacturers & models of detectors may have better rejection of the offending frequencies. I encourage members to post their experiences by make & model of detector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3

    Different manufacturers & models of detectors may have better rejection of the offending frequencies. I encourage members to post their experiences by make & model of detector.
    I have an Escort 9500ix and have no issues with falsing. Awesome radar detector and while I don't have an ATS, I don't catch garbage from other cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danscrim
    Mine does have the ability to turn of select bands so I might have to just disable the K Band. I've been driving with it on to see if I pick up any non false alarms on the K band. So far nothing but Ka so I might be safe.

    We'll see.
    I would never disable K band as many of the local municipalities around here, even the state police have cruisers with K band radar guns.

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Quote Originally Posted by gohawks63 View Post
    I would never disable K band as many of the local municipalities around here, even the state police have cruisers with K band radar guns.
    Yup. Just passed a local cop today using K Band so I guess that answers that question.

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    Wow, so far in about 4 years with my detector all cops, sheriffs, and hiway patrol have all been Ka. Luckily I still scan K and one other freq.

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Supposedly there are some X band guns still in use around the country. As I said, I have a 9500ix that over time learns where the false sources are (X & K bands) and will mute them when encountered. As a result I haven't disabled any of the bands.

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    Re: Radar Detector False Alarms (w/ Driver Assist Package)

    Quote Originally Posted by gohawks63 View Post
    Supposedly there are some X band guns still in use around the country. As I said, I have a 9500ix that over time learns where the false sources are (X & K bands) and will mute them when encountered. As a result I haven't disabled any of the bands.
    This won't really work though right? Because the false alarms are occurring at random places... like wherever you stop at a stop light. Essentially the source of the false alarms is moving with you. So the fact that it's "learning" where these locations are is irrelevant.

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