French Coyote Goes States Side
Whereas fixed cameras and radars can be fooled, as they can be detected by your on board gadgets (except for countries where radar detectors are forbidden) or simply by memorizing their location, not the same can be said about mobile fines-givers, which seldom escape the detectors.
To come to the rescue of the American speeding driver, French company Coyote plans to expand to the States next year. And what they are offering is quite appealing.
The Mini Coyote is a gadget the size of your cell phone. It is used to detect mobile radars, as would any other radar detector. What is special about is that is can be used by the driver who spotted the radar first to warn other drivers about the pocket hazard ahead.
The driver, upon detecting a radar, pushes a button and a signal is sent to a central computer. The computer detects the location of the car sending the signal, and then all the other cars fitted with Coyote on a 12.5 miles radius of the signal being sent.
After detecting them all, the computer sends a signal to all the Coyotes in the vicinity, warning them of the presence of the radar.
The system works on a subscription basis. For the US, the device itself will cost $225, while the monthly subscription is worth $15. According to Jean-Marc Van Laethem, Coyote CEO, the company has about 250,000 subscribers in France.