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    Maximum Bitrate buurin's Avatar
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    Control Traffic Lights

    Anyone got one of these?

    I was thinking, hook it up to the carPC and integrate it with GPS for your common routes... End user scenario: automatically triggers the device on your way to work/home/etc

    This guy got off pretty easy
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    Variable Bitrate nkotch's Avatar
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    Wow..... $50 fine?? He did get off easy. Do a google search, saw plans on one site to build one fairly easily. As tempting as it sounds it's pretty illegal here and I'm not gonna test it. Plus if there are traffic cameras at the intersection where you use it then the cameras will pick up the infrared strobe coming from your car.
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    go here for the plans:

    Even thought its IR and you can't see it with the naked eye, you can see IR signals with a digital camera(try it with you tv remote and your camera phone) and most traffic lights with the IR sensor also have camera setups right next to it, so they can monitor emergency vehicles in action, so if you do have this device you will stick out like a sore thumb, But when I read this back in july I thought about maybe installing the IR transmitter in my headlights and when I need to use it, turn my headlights on (daytime running lights) first, then switch the device on, unfortunitly before I decided to make this unit I drove around town to see if I could find actual traffic lights in my arear that this could work on. Well, there are none plus its a federal offense now! So is it really worth it? Just leave the house 5-10 mins earlier! Still would be fun to mess with traffic though

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    Are you going to hack the Gibson, too?

    This has been around a while. Doesnt work everywhere, and where it does work the police are generally aware of the issue and watch for it.
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