A longtime client of Ralph’s Radio recently visited our Vancouver location to talk about installing a radar detector and laser defense system in his 2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV. We had previously installed an Escort 9500CI system in the client’s Ferrari. Having sold that car to buy this Urus, he wanted a system that would provide warnings about police radar and laser speed measurement systems. Here’s how we outfitted one of the very first Urus’ in the province.
Lamborghini Urus Radar Detector System
The client wanted a system that delivered impressive performance while looking as though it was part of the vehicle and not an afterthought. We suggested the Escort MAX CI 360 system because of its performance and reliability. We started by integrating the OLED display and control panel into the interior of the vehicle. The display is mounted in a custom acrylic plastic pod that sits just above the rearview mirror. The pod is painted with an automotive-grade satin black finish to ensure that it blends with the interior.
Next, we built a custom trim plate for the MAX Ci 360 control panel so that it would fit into the key-holder location in the center console. We designed the trim to mimic the flat black and silver accent design of the factory trim to create a truly integrated look.
Front and Rear Laser Detector Installation
Next on the list was to create mounts for the front and rear ShifterMax LIDAR sensors. After taking a series of measurements to find the optimal location for the laser receivers, the fabrication team set to work making a pair of mirrored pods for the front sensors that fit cleanly into the front of the vehicle, just below the front grille. Ensuring that these sensors are located and aimed properly is paramount to ensuring that the laser defense system will work properly. Another pair of custom-fabricated acrylic plastic pods mounted on either side of the rear license plate hold the second set of ShifterMax sensors that protect the rear of the vehicle.
The Max CI 360 includes dedicated front and rear radar receiver modules. The front radar antenna uses digital signal processing (DSP) technology along with a pair of tuned waveguides to provide excellent long-range sensitivity for X, K and Ka-band radar. The rear antenna uses conventional filtering but continues the use of the X and K/Ka waveguides. Because microwave-frequency radar signals pass through plastics with almost no attenuation, our installation team was able to mount the radar receivers behind the front and rear bumper covers.
How Laser Detection and Defense Works
Unlike a portable laser detector that only alerts the driver to use of LIDAR, the defense system integrated into the MAX CI and MAX CI 360 prevents a police officer from obtaining a speed reading until the targeted vehicle has slowed down and its driver cancels the scrambled signal transmission. If executed smoothly, the police officer won’t know what happened and, most importantly, won’t be able to issue a speeding ticket.
State-of-the-Art False Alert Protection
The adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist technologies found on many new cars, trucks and SUVs can wreak havoc with outdated laser defense systems. Escort’s updateable In-Vehicle Technology (IVT) filter database recognizes these safety and convenience systems to prevent false alarms. The inclusion of a high-sensitivity GPS receiver allows the owner to mark locations of known false-alarm locations so the system will ignore them the next time he passes through. Likewise, real-time access to Escort’s Defender database provides information about red light camera and speed trap information.
Vancouver’s Radar Detector Experts
With wiring run neatly through the vehicle and the system thoroughly tested with our DragonEye Compact LIDAR gun, it was time to return this amazing vehicle to the client. We showed the client where we had installed the radar detection equipment in his Urus and provided him with a thorough explanation of how to use the system. He was thrilled with the installation and excited to get out on the road. If you live in Vancouver or Victoria and are interested in a radar detector and laser defense system for your vehicle, drop by or call either Ralph’s Radio location or use our contact form to send us an e-mail.