Want to Track Bats, Bugs, and Tornado Debris? Use Weather Radar.

Doppler weather radar is one of the most useful tools available to track the weather in almost real time. Since the technology came into regular use in the 1950s, researchers have made incredible advances in the abilities of basic weather radar. Not only does weather radar track precipitation, but it can also detect… » 3/25/14 2:05pm 3/25/14 2:05pm

Weather Radar Picks Up Car Doing 130 MPH

An atmospheric phenomenon this morning allowed the Doppler weather radar in the Chicago area to pick up cars driving down a pair of interstate highways, including one vehicle that appears to be doing 130 mph. Weather radar isn't that dissimilar from what cops use to bust speeders, as both project beams to gauge the… » 8/12/08 4:00pm 8/12/08 4:00pm

Latest Technologies Help Rebirth the Radar Detector

While some may think of the radar detector as no more than thrift shop junk, many companies out there are keeping the products flowing — and those of us with a lead foot happy thanks to the latest technologies making it easier than ever to avoid speed traps. The Valentine One, Escort Passport 9500i, Cobra XRS-R9G and… » 1/10/08 4:15pm 1/10/08 4:15pm

World's Greatest PR Goofs: Mercedes-Benz Fog System


The new S-Class has more technology in it than the Space Shuttle*. So for the introduction of their new flagship, zee Germans decided to show off an impressive demonstration of the radar system, which can actually bring the car to a full stop. It's a great idea, especially in low-visibility conditions like fog. The… » 4/25/06 12:15pm 4/25/06 12:15pm

Cut the Crap, Hal: Nissan Enters the Radar Range

Nissan's throwing its electronic hat into the radar-guided ring, with a new driver-assistance function that uses radar to keep cars' distance. By way of a sensor fitted in a car's front bumper, Nissan's Distance Control Assist System calculates the distance from a car directly in front, and determines the cars'… » 3/15/06 12:24pm 3/15/06 12:24pm