For many people, speeding is a normal part of daily life. This law-bending is so prevalent and commonly accepted that there is even specialized electronic equipment to help drivers get away with it. Since their introduction in 1970s, radar detectors have become a must-have accessory for would-be Andrettis everywhere.


Photo courtesy Cobra Electronics
The XR-1050, a radar detector from Cobra Electronics that alerts you to conventional police radar as well as newer laser speed guns.

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll find out what radar detectors do and how they do it. We'll also look at more advanced speed guns and detectors and see what police departments are doing to combat detection technology.