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post #1 of 26 Old 03-12-2017, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Revving engine at traffic light to engage red light sensors?

Edit: these are referring to ground based electromagnetic magnetic sensors. No shit it won't work for the other types. Read the whole post.

So I had a buddy the other day, I consider him to be pretty smart, tell me that you can engage traffic light sensors by spooling your engine up. Does something with the electro magnetic field and engages the sensor to switch the traffic light.

Anybody every heard of this or tried it? I tried it for the first time today and it seemed to work (The pedestrian light turned immediately after followed by the light that was otherwise not changing) but who knows, maybe just coincidental timing.

I'd like to get anybodies experience on this before I start getting "What a douche" glares from people. But if it works, fuck em.

I'm usually pretty good at lining up the bike over the sensors but as they start to pave over these roads, you loose those sensor lines from when they were first installed. So I got two lights right by my house that seem pretty hit or miss for me after they repaved the road and the reference lines are gone.
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As far as I am concerned, the kind of sensors used in traffic lights in order to allow emergency vehicles pass quickly are infrared, so revving the engine has nothing to do with it. There have been some guys try to build a jammer device to confuse the sensors and engage them, though it's illegal to mess with this systems. Again, engines do not create strong RF signals except for the high voltage spark, which may affect only some radios.
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As far as I am concerned, the kind of sensors used in traffic lights in order to allow emergency vehicles pass quickly are infrared, so revving the engine has nothing to do with it. There have been some guys try to build a jammer device to confuse the sensors and engage them, though it's illegal to mess with this systems. Again, engines do not create strong RF signals except for the high voltage spark, which may affect only some radios.
I think hes talkin bout the traffic sensors on the ground. Not the ones for emergency vehicles.

And yes, it might actually work. The sensors in the ground are an inductive loop system. Any metal object with some mass will trip it. The bike alone is enough metal to activate it. But in a case where the sensor wire is too weak, I guess revving the motor should emit some kinda electromagnetic signal and help it get picked up.
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The loop in the ground works the same way a metal detector does.

The people who set it up, set the sensitivity. Revving the motor doesn't matter. Putting the side stand out, might. Iron, in close proximity has the best chance.

Aligning the side stand with the gap in the pavement gets it as close to the loop as possible.

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As much as I would love to say yes to have you sit at a traffic light rev bombing everyone around you.... I don't see this working. The lights change for the emergency vehicles around here based on the siren tone and pattern. But try it anyways. Film it to so we can see everyone's pissed off face around you.

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Ok perhaps this wasn't obvious enough in the thread. These are for ground based electromagnetic sensors.

Anybody actually try this or have any expertise to share that this would work? I'm genuinely curious.

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Ok perhaps this wasn't obvious enough in the thread. These are for ground based electromagnetic sensors.

Anybody actually try this or have any expertise to share that this would work? I'm genuinely curious.
I am being serious. Our bikes specifically come with shielded coils, resistor plugs, and all sorts of other nifty gadgets to prevent EM emissions. I am no rocket scientist but I did stay at a holiday inn once so I am telling you that spooling up the engine will not create a significant increase in EM emissions.
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