USING global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, the Cyclops system compares the vehicle's position against an internal database of accident hotspots and speed camera locations.
Plugging into a cigarette lighter, the unit sits on the dashboard and alerts drivers 800 metres before approaching a speed camera or accident hotspot without the need for wiring.
Cyclops is upgrading the system in a re-launch next month featuring an automatic range function that provides alerts depending on the speed at which drivers approach a camera. An overspeed function offers added warnings near hazard areas and a speed limiter ensures drivers do not exceed a pre-set speed limit.
SPEEDGENIE enables drivers to maintain a safe speed at all times, as opposed to highlighting speed cameras or accident hotspots.
The system is installed in the vehicle, leaving just a switch to activate the limiter. It can be positioned anywhere on the dashboard.
Drivers press the switch when the desired speed is reached and are then alerted if they exceed a pre-set limit.
The system includes a radio mute option and can be used on both urban roads and motorways.
ROAD Angel uses GPS technology to monitor a vehicle's location and the speed at which it is travelling.
It cross-refers this data to the system's in-built database, which contains locations of the most serious accident blackspots, fixed speed cameras, mobile roadwork cameras and the new SPECS digital cameras.
Road Angel provides a warning that can be customised to include varying volume, sound and range, when a vehicle approaches a camera site or accident blackspot. Fleets are able to alter the standard settings by adding new locations or deleting current ones. The system can also be updated through a PC internet connection.
THE Origin b2 Driver Safety and Information System provides drivers with a host of additional features on top of the usual speed camera and hazard spot detecting.
The system includes a school proximity warning mode that alerts drivers during school hours and term times and a congestion charging camera mode that warns drivers when they approach a congestion charging zone.
Drivers are alerted to speed camera locations and accident hotspots, with the monitor displaying the direction in which the vehicle is travelling, vehicle speed, speed limit, type of hazard and road number.
Drivers can also calculate information such as distance covered, average speed and journey times.
Morpheus micro RoadPilot
Morpheous' micro RoadPilot safety device alerts drivers to speed camera sites and accident blackspots.
The micro RoadPilot consists of a small screen that fits to a dashboard-mounted arm that can be transferred between cars and dismounted when not in use. Using GPS, the vehicle's position is tracked down to five metres, indicating hazardous areas and speed camera locations. Vehicle speed and direction are indicated between hazard warnings.
Drivers are able to access various displays, including distance to camera, compass, GPS location data, date/time, total mileage and setting adjustments. The system is updated through a PC internet connection.
Snooper S6R NEO
THE Snooper system is backed by GPS technology, warning drivers of speed camera locations and accident hotspots through a database which is constantly updated.
The system can be dashboard-mounted or fitted to the inside of the windscreen, detecting all speed monitor systems, including fixed, laser and radar cameras. Drivers can programme the system to remain dormant in low risk areas.
A speed limiter is also available, enabling drivers to choose a pre-set speed that will trigger the system if it is exceeded. Road numbers or names are also shown on the monitor.