I also ran your question by Mike and he may chime in here, soon, with a further explanation, as well as Steve (to get a GoL
Generally yes when your detector alerts to laser you are being hit with it.
One radar detector has shown me the ability to alert in advance to police laser, that is to say when another vehicle ahead or beside you is being targeted, and that is the Valentine One
. The level of performance Mr. Valentine's engineering team has achieved with laser on the V1 is mind-blowing
, especially when you consider that the V1 has been capable of exhibiting these extreme level of performance for more years than I can remember.
However, there is another possibility in your case. Something that I encounter on a regular basis and that is lidar/laser "falsing" from vehicles that employ lidar-based adaptive cruise control and/or lane departure systems, collectively referred to as accident avoidance systems
Next time it happens, try to observe your surroundings and see if you are closely approaching or passing another vehicle. You may find that certain higher-line models of vehicles tend to cause your detector to alert.
Whistler has already addressed these potential sources of false laser alerts with their advanced LSID filtering mechanisms. I trust the other manufacturers are working on something similar, because I sure know the sick feeling you get when it happens and the potential of creating a potentially
hazardous driving situation.
This may have been what you experienced.
Then again, it could have been a well hidden-cruiser.
Do you remember if you were passing any vehicle(s) at the time? What models they were?
With respect to KU-band.
A carefully crafted media circus was apparently created about the notion that Ku-band (an outmoded band that was once found on certain radar guns in certain former-Eastern-Bloc
countries, like Poland, I believe) perhaps by a company that was more concerned about increasing marketing fluff than increasing actual reception performance to the radar bands that actually count.
Unfortunately the fallout of that was that the top-flight radar detector manufacturers were "compelled" to "keep up" with the "fanfare" created over this PR stunt, at great expense, I might add.
That's why certain top manufacturers have the capability to detect Ku-band. Bottom line: Ku-band is not coming here (and probably never was).
Therefore, I recommend leaving Ku-band detection OFF
. It's one less pointless-chore
for your radar detector to do.
BTW, if you would like to read the "back-story," you can learn more about Ku band
I know it is from a source, that many of you may question, but I believe it to be authoritative, nonetheless.