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So I just noticed today if I have the V1 near the shifter the Laser alert is pegged. Took me a few moments to figure out what was going on. It appears the MKIV NAV display triggers the Laser portion of my detector if the V1 is held inside the cabin low near the shifter or armrest.

Turn the detector 90 degree from the MKIV display the detectors shuts down, if the detector is on the dash or hanging from the sun visor it is fine, or if you turn the car off and the MKIV shuts off, everything is fine.

I am just trying to determine is there a problem with my V1 or is this a valid way to test the Laser portion of the detector??

I need to compare this with the NAV screen in my GMC as well.

Thanks in advance for feedback.
 

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LEDs will false alert the V1 laser detector. Examples would include construction signs, brake lights. And more obviously: laser cruise control systems will too. The V1 manual explains how to shut off laser (and x-band) alerts if they bother you.
 

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I experienced the same thing with the Escort 9500ix. I attributed it to either LEDs or the sensor on the head unit that controls dimming.
 

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That is normal

LCD screen will set off the laser alert on the V1 all the time. What is more troubling is that there are certain curise controls (lexus suvs I think) that will also set it off from time to time. Very annoying.
 

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LCD screen will set off the laser alert on the V1 all the time. What is more troubling is that there are certain curise controls (lexus suvs I think) that will also set it off from time to time. Very annoying.
not Lexus, Infiniti's have the laser cruise control.
 

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Yeah, a lot of things can set them off. One strange thing I've been noticing, is it seems that trucks (like semi's) are sometimes setting off my KA, probably with some kind of advanced cruise control. It's rarely an issue with cars, but it goes off like crazy if I have a lot of trucks behind me.
 

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Yeah, a lot of things can set them off. One strange thing I've been noticing, is it seems that trucks (like semi's) are sometimes setting off my KA, probably with some kind of advanced cruise control. It's rarely an issue with cars, but it goes off like crazy if I have a lot of trucks behind me.

accident avoidance systems and cruise controls. some newer Audi's, MB's and others have them as well. they use K and Ka bands for either system. some of the systems get filtered out some don't. they get real annoying.
 

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accident avoidance systems and cruise controls. some newer Audi's, MB's and others have them as well. they use K and Ka bands for either system. some of the systems get filtered out some don't. they get real annoying.
I've experienced this with some minivans, surprisingly.
 

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False positives are part of the game, just as long as it doesn't miss the real thing!!!
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

I will compare this to my other car and see if it is the NAV screen or the climate control head unit.

I will keep in mind the other possibilities that will trigger the detector. I know about falses, but interesting issue with the cruise control radar and accident avoidance radars.

I have a Stealth One I have not installed yet, so I know I can program a minimum speed when the detector will sound. As I reside in VA and I am also only 2 miles to DC and travel there at times, I need to conceal the unit so I can have full time protection.

I knew some of the fellow board members would be a wealth of information.

On a slight side note that many reading and responding to this post might be interested in, I recently purchased update NAV discs with Speed Camera data. So far this new NAV disc works well. Even if you do not have the NAV functional (programmed with a route) the NAV will announce camera locations. Now a small caveat is there is some camera database that was used for these NAV discs. The announcement indicates "Speed Camera" however, it should state "Traffic Camera", as many of these cameras are red light cameras or traffic monitoring cameras. I can say overall the database is pretty complete and seems fairly accurate! You even will have a camera icon pop up on the NAV map. The other day I had an alert and was unsure what was up. While stopped at the intersection and looking around, I see the red light camera mounted on a green painted post so blend in with the trees and brush!!

As with anything, this NAV disc is only as good and current as the database used, but so far I have no complaints. I would rather be safe than sorry and I have no complaints if I receive a "Speed Camera" warning when nothing is actually there, kind of keeps you in check in the areas you probably need to behave yourself.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

I will compare this to my other car and see if it is the NAV screen or the climate control head unit.

I will keep in mind the other possibilities that will trigger the detector. I know about falses, but interesting issue with the cruise control radar and accident avoidance radars.

I have a Stealth One I have not installed yet, so I know I can program a minimum speed when the detector will sound. As I reside in VA and I am also only 2 miles to DC and travel there at times, I need to conceal the unit so I can have full time protection.

I knew some of the fellow board members would be a wealth of information.
the NAV will set it off if held up to it. there are vids online showing this look on youtube you will find some.

if you're in VA you may want to look into a STi or Redline both are undetectable. there's a nice visor pouch that conceals the detector I have seen on the net that would conceal your V1 or any other detector.
 

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So I just noticed today if I have the V1 near the shifter the Laser alert is pegged. Took me a few moments to figure out what was going on. It appears the MKIV NAV display triggers the Laser portion of my detector if the V1 is held inside the cabin low near the shifter or armrest.

Turn the detector 90 degree from the MKIV display the detectors shuts down, if the detector is on the dash or hanging from the sun visor it is fine, or if you turn the car off and the MKIV shuts off, everything is fine.

I am just trying to determine is there a problem with my V1 or is this a valid way to test the Laser portion of the detector??

I need to compare this with the NAV screen in my GMC as well.

Thanks in advance for feedback.
It's from the red LED lights that are near the reading lamps or the one in the shifter. Nothing to do with the nav screen really.
 

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It's from the red LED lights that are near the reading lamps or the one in the shifter. Nothing to do with the nav screen really.
yes it is from the Nav screen and its not just the V1:


Weird radar detector false signals coming from NAV display

Help Escort 9500ix Radar Detector Lasar False Alerts at Mirror - MyG37

straight from V1's website:

<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="b">
</td> <td class="b">False laser alerts, either continuous or random intervals.
See page 13.
</td> <td class="blr">Laser cruise control;
in-dash navigation screen; rain-sensing wipers.
</td> <td> <table cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="b" valign="top" width="12">1.</td> <td class="b">Switch to normal cruise control instead of laser.</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="b" valign="top">2.</td> <td class="b">Relocate V1 so laser sensor is not pointed toward navigation screen, or rain-sensing wipers</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>
Valentine One Radar Detector Troubleshooting
 

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It's from the red LED lights that are near the reading lamps or the one in the shifter. Nothing to do with the nav screen really.
There's red led lights all over and mine never goes off; ambient and garage door illuminators. All it takes is a little bit to be in the spectrum of laser to set it off. The backlight for the nav screen is likely to throw all sorts of scatter.

OP, jus hang on your windscreen, V1 is known to be the most sensitive and therfore is more susceptible to falsing. Mine gives me no issues when its doing its job next to the rearview.
 

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If you are trying to figure it out for intellectual purposes then knock yourself out, otherwise a LIDAR detector is worthless since all it tells you is that you are getting a ticket.

Best mounting location for a V1 is high on the windshield for RADAR detection; this maximizes reception from scatter and when cresting hills. If you chose to use it for LIDAR detection then it should be mounted as low as possible on the windshield; this maximizes detection since the headlights/front plate are the likely target area for the LIDAR and the scatter is minimal.

Best option: turn off LIDAR detection, mount the V1 high on your windshield, and get a LIDAR jammer.

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My reason for inquiring was mainly to determine if my detector was defective as I picked it up 2nd hand. So far no issue with "normal" mounting position(s). I just had never run into this issue previously so I had no idea if this was normal. I thought this may even be a valid test in some instances?

I think I read somewhere on the web someone had an issue where their V1 triggered when the NAV screen changed from Day to Night mode.

Thanks for everyone's feedback on this issue.
 
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