Another R3 laser falsing

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  1. michaelrw

    michaelrw Learning to Drive General User

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    jujst got my R3 on monday and this morning was the second day of using it during my long morning commute. Today, as I was approaching a toll booth (probably about 0.2 miles away), my R3 went ballistic with a laser detection. Naturally my heart dropped into my stomach, and quickly decelerated, and continued approaching the booth. About 200 or so feet from the booth, the laser alert went away just as quickly as it came, I did an area scan to check for LEOs; nothing. at about 50 feet from the booth, it started to pick up a weak K-band signal, and everything seemed back to normal. Initially I thought it must have been something with the toll booth, but then when it went away before I even got to it, I changed my mind. I really had no clue. Now after reading this, Im thinking it may have been my iPhone X (iPX) which is mounted just below and in front of (closer to me) my RD. Right around the time this happened, the weather went from overcast to significantly darker, on the edge of what would be heavy rain in the coming minutes. So, now Im wondering if this wasn't the light sensor on the iPX. Or maybe it was some other sensor. The iPX has a ton of new sensors that previos models didnt have because of its facial recognition features, etc.

    Sorry for necropost, didnt feel worthy of a new thread
     
  2. thebravo

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    Very possible it's the phone sensor, and there are some sensors around toll booths that can trigger laser alerts as well if it happens again in that same area its safe to assume it's the toll booth
     
  3. Got Jeep

    Got Jeep Be Prepared Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Toll booths have all sorts of things going on. Its definitely possible the Laser source is coming from there. You said it dropped right before your approach. Look for pole mounted devices next time your through there. Phones can also cause falsing as well as environmental conditions. Keep gathering data.
     
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  4. michaelrw

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    now that i think a little more about it, on this section of I-90 in buffalo, right before you approach the toll booth, the Buffalo airport runway is just a 50 yards to your left. As you pass by, you can see a series of poles that run perpendicular to the highway (parallel to the runway) that I know to be the ILS, or instrument landing system, for guiding aircraft approach. However, these typically only use radio waves, not light. That said, maybe there is some component of the system that uses laser.
    Yeah, I'll keep an eye on the areas leading up to the tollbooth. Yesterday morning, however, it did not trigger. Like you said, I'll keep collecting data.
     
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