user guide - Electrocomponents
USER GUIDE
Blackspot Interactive Limited
Unit 5, New Rookery Farm, Little London
Silverstone, Northants NN12 8UP
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.blackspot.com
Please register your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT and
update its database of danger zones as soon as
possible.
Thank you for buying your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
As our roads become busier, more congested and more regulated, staying
alert to road and traffic conditions is a challenge to everyone. Even the
most conscientious driver can have a momentary lapse of concentration
that could easily lead to an accident or a fine and points.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT is specially designed to be a simple-to-use
addition to any vehicle, to alert and warn you in advance of known danger
areas. In the comprehensive ROAD ANGEL COMPACT database are
stored Police, Local Authority and Ministry of Transport designated danger
spots, including accident black spots and safety camera locations.
Using the latest Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology, ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT compares your position with the known danger spot
locations and gives you an audible and visual warning as you approach
them. An accurate GPS speedometer in the display gives you time to
adjust your driving to the approaching danger.
The safety of you and your passengers is our prime consideration, and we
trust that for all the miles you drive, your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT will
enhance the safety and enjoyment of your journey. Join other ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT users in guarding your life and livelihood.
We are pleased to have you as a valued customer and hope you will be
delighted with your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT. Having listened to our
customers we think the new features will make this product your perfect
driving companion.
Dave Clark, Managing Director
Blackspot Interactive Ltd.
The directors of Blackspot Interactive Ltd. sell ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT as a road safety enhancement device. Driving within
the speed limits at all times and within the limitations of the
road condition and your abilities is paramount. The directors of
Blackspot Interactive Ltd. take no responsibility for the use of
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT for other purposes than those
stipulated.
Table of Contents
1.
Introduction....................................................................3
ROAD ANGEL's main features ........................................................3
Front View...........................................................................................4
Back View .........................................................................................v5
ROAD ANGEL's Database .................................................................6
Register Now! ...................................................................................7
Subscriptions....................................................................................8
Warranty ............................................................................................8
Security..............................................................................................8
2.
Installation......................................................................9
Unpacking .........................................................................................9
Mounting the Unit .............................................................................9
Assembling the windscreen mounting bracket ...............................x10
Using the dashboard pad .................................................................11
Choosing the location .......................................................................12
Providing power .............................................................................13
Hardwiring.........................................................................................14
Getting Started................................................................................15
3.
Operation......................................................................16
Understanding the Display ............................................................16
Standby Mode ..................................................................................16
Alert Mode ........................................................................................17
Muting Audio and Speech Warnings ................................................18
Alert Types........................................................................................19
Customizing ROAD ANGEL...........................................................20
Changing Settings ............................................................................21
Menu Settings .................................................................................24
Adding and Deleting Danger Zones .............................................27
Deleting zones ..................................................................................27
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Adding new locations........................................................................27
Adding an Average Speed monitoring section (SPECS zone).........28
Protecting and Cleaning ................................................................28
Cleaning the case and screen ..........................................................28
General precautions .................................................................xxviii28
4.
Updating the Database ................................................29
System requirements........................................................................29
Updating ...........................................................................................30
5.
Troubleshooting ..........................................................31
6.
Background Information .............................................34
About Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) ..................................34
Speed Cameras and Blackspots...................................................34
7.
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Accessories .................................................................38
1.
Introduction
Road Angel Compact uses the latest global positioning satellite (GPS – see
page 34) technology to give you audible and visible alerts as you approach
hazardous sections of road:
•
Accident black spots (as designated by the Police and Local Authorities)
•
Safety cameras
•
Mobile roadwork cameras
•
Average speed measurement areas
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT also displays a constantly updated and accurate
speed reading with your compass heading. Should you break down, ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT allows you to pinpoint your location and direct rescue
services to your vehicle.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT's main features
•
Simple windscreen mount with 'plug & go' installation
•
Easy to position in any vehicle
•
High visibility speed, time/compass display
•
Built in Visor
•
User programmable locations
•
Full range of hazardous sites
•
Audible and visual warnings
•
Instant distance-to-danger reading
•
Speech alerts
•
Database updates (via Windows PC over the Internet)
•
Designed and manufactured in the UK
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Simple to adjust settings
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Front View
Store Button
Press to enter new
zones (see page 27)
and confirm new
settings (see page 21)
Menu Button
Press to enter and
navigate ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT's settings
(see page 21) or to mute
unit (see page 18).
Display
Shows speed,
time/heading, satellite
reception and indicates
type of hazard (see
page 16).
Delete Button
Press to change ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT settings
(see page 21) or remove
alert zone from database
(see page 27).
Magnetic Base
Magnet in base of unit
secures ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT to rubberised
metallic disk on mounting
bracket or dash pad.
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Back View
External Antenna
Required for certain
vehicles (see page 12).
Auxiliary Port (AUX)
Connection for additional
laser sensors.
USB Port / Power
PC connection – use to obtain
database updates (see page 29)
and to connect to the vehicles
cigar socket
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ROAD ANGEL COMPACT's Database
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT uses a database of Police, Local Authority and
Ministry of Transport designated danger spots, including accident black
spots and safety camera locations, primary schools and congestion
charging zones. Your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT can store up to 50,000
unique danger locations. Using the latest Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
technology, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT compares your position with known
danger spot locations and gives you an audible and visual warning as you
approach them.
It is critical to the accurate operation of your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT that
you update your unit regularly to maintain the very latest data. With up to
100 new hazard locations added each month, we suggest that you update
your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT monthly (see Updating the Database on
page 29). If you are a high mileage driver, using unfamiliar roads, we
recommend weekly updates.
To qualify for database updates:
1. Register your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT with Blackspot Interactive
Ltd. You cannot update the database until you have registered (see
page 7).
2. Purchase a valid subscription package (see page 8). Your new
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT comes with an initial, free, 6-month
subscription.
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Register Now!
Register your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT immediately after purchase. This
is important for two reasons:
•
You cannot update the unit until it has been registered. Database
information will be significantly out-of-date at the time of purchase and
should be updated as soon as possible (see page 29).
•
Without registration, we cannot resolve warranty issues, log queries or
solve problems with your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT.
REGISTER your unit in one of the following ways:
1. Register online:
a) Go to www.blackspot.com
b) Click on the Product Registration link. The Product Registration form
is displayed.
c) Enter your ROAD ANGEL COMPACTS's serial number. You can find
this on the back of the unit.
d) Click on the Next button. Once your details have been entered, you
will be prompted to download the update software directly to your
PC. The registration process normally takes one full working day –
you can then use the software to update your ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT(see page 29).
2. If online registration is not possible, please call the Registration helpline
(recorded) on: 0870 084 7439. Leave your name, address and
telephone number and we will forward a registration form to you the
same working day (Mon – Fri).
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Subscriptions
Your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT comes with a free subscription for six
months of database updates and product support. It is critical to the
operation of your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT that you update the unit
regularly and so continued subscription is essential. With constant
additions to the Road Angel database (1000+ sites per year), the benefit of
your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT and the protection it provides will be
dramatically reduced if you fail to maintain your database.
You can also subscribe online at http://www.blackspot.com/subscriptions/.
Warranty
Your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT is guaranteed for one year from the date
of purchase from all defects that occur with normal use. If your unit fails to
perform as specified in these instructions, please visit:
http://www.blackspot.com/warranty
Security
Owing to the high number of thefts, we strongly suggest you remove your
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT and its bracket from view when you leave your
vehicle.
Please contact Blackspot Interactive Ltd if your unit is stolen or lost. Each
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT is identified by a unique serial number on the
back. We can disable a unit through our security systems and detect any
attempt to re-register it. This has frequently resulted in the safe return of a
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT to its rightful owner.
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2.
Installation
This section shows you how to install ROAD ANGEL COMPACT in your
vehicle.
Unpacking
Empty all the parts out of the box and familiarise yourself with each item.
Each pack contains:
•
The ROAD ANGEL COMPACT unit
•
A windscreen mounting bracket with:
• 2 x Suction cups
• 4 x Anti-vibration dampers
•
Dashboard mounting pad
•
Cables:
• 1 x Cigar Power Plug
• 1 x USB cable/Power Cable
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Quick Start Guide
Mounting the Unit
We recommend that you install your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT on the
dashboard of your vehicle. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has an internal high
sensitivity GPS antenna and requires a clear view of the sky to
communicate with GPS satellites.
If you want to install ROAD ANGEL COMPACT anywhere else within your
vehicle, you will require an external GPS antenna. Please contact
Blackspot Interactive Ltd or visit www.blackspot.com for details.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has a quick release magnetic base and is
supplied with:
•
•
A bracket for mounting ROAD ANGEL COMPACT on the front
windscreen.
A mounting pad for fixing ROAD ANGEL COMPACT directly onto the
dashboard.
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Assembling the windscreen mounting bracket
1. Locate the seven anti-vibration dampers; there
are three pairs of round dampers and a long
rectangular bar.
2. Select a pair of dampers according to the pitch of your vehicle's
windscreen:
Windscreen pitch
Damper type
Low, streamlined e.g. Sports car style
short
Standard e.g. Saloon style
medium
Upright e.g. 4X4 style
long
3. Insert the selected pair of dampers into the
two holes towards the back of the bracket,
and slide towards the back. These dampers
hold the bracket at the correct angle and
stop it from touching the windscreen.
You may need to experiment with
different combinations of the dampers
to get the best fit.
4. Press the rectangular damper into the
three holes along the front edge of the
bracket. This damper stabilises the
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT in the
mounting bracket.
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5. Push the two clear suction cups into the large holes on the top of the
bracket. Slide across to the smaller holes towards the outside edge of
the bracket.
6. Attach the bracket to your vehicle's windscreen. Read the guidelines in
the next section (see Mounting ROAD ANGEL COMPACT in a Car, on
page 12).
Do not leave the bracket on the front windscreen without the
product attached, for security issues (see page 8).
Using the dashboard pad
You can mount ROAD ANGEL COMPACT directly onto the dashboard
using the supplied rubber pad.
Remove the backing from the bottom of the pad and fix to the dashboard
(see Choosing the location on page 12). ROAD ANGEL COMPACT can be
placed onto the rubber pad where it will be held firmly.
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Choosing the location
Mounting ROAD ANGEL COMPACT in a Car
NO ROAD ANGEL COMPACT OR ASSOCIATED ITEMS SHOULD
BE ATTACHED TO OR PLACED ACROSS THE PADDED
SURFACE OF THE AIRBAG MODULE ON THE PASSENGER SIDE
OF THE DASH PANEL. ALL WIRING MUST BE TUCKED AWAY SO
AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH ANY OF THE VEHICLE'S
CONTROLS.
Use with UV and Heated screens
UV screens block GPS signals from entering the vehicle, stopping ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT from acquiring its position. This can be a problem with
certain models of vehicle, i.e. BMW, Mercedes, Renault, Peugeot &
Citroen.
Heated screens can also affect GPS signal strength.
If your vehicle has a UV or heated screen, you may need an additional
antennae to support ROAD ANGEL COMPACT (please contact Blackspot
Interactive Ltd or visit www.blackspot.com for details). Most vehicles fitted
with a UV screen have a defined section behind the rear view mirror where
the antennae can be fitted.
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Providing power
ROAD ANGELBack view
Power socket
(PWR)
1. Locate the USB/Power Cable and the Cigar power plug.
2. Connect the cable to the socket labelled USB on the back of your ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT.
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3. Route the power cable to the cigar socket. Do not connect it yet.
4. Plug the other end of the USB/Power cable into the Cigar Power Plug
5. When routing the cable, ensure that it does not interfere with any of the
vehicle's controls or airbag modules. If you use your cigar socket for any
other devices, a dual adaptor may be used.
Hardwiring
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has a 5V regulator built into the Power Plug. If
the cable is used to hardwire the unit into the vehicle, you will damage the
device.
To hardwire the ROAD ANGEL COMPACT into your vehicle, purchase a
cigar socket, wire this into the power system and use with the supplied
cable.
Consult an auto electrician if you are unsure how to carry out
this procedure as incorrect hardwiring may affect the validity of
vehicle and product warranty. Consult vehicle manufacturer if
in doubt.
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Getting Started
1. Place ROAD ANGEL COMPACT onto the mounting bracket or
dashboard pad.
When located correctly on the rubberised pad, ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT is held firmly in position because of a magnet within its
base.
2. Park your vehicle outside with a clear view of the sky through your
windscreen (clear of obstacles such as tall buildings and over-hanging
trees – these may delay or prevent satellite acquisition).
3. Plug the power plug lead into the cigar lighter socket. If your socket is
ignition-switched you will need the ignition to be on.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT flashes its blue and red backlights.
If you have not updated your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT, the display
illuminates red and prompts you to ‘Please register your Road Angel
and execute an update. Any key to continue’. Press any button to clear
this screen. When you have updated ROAD ANGEL COMPACT, this
message will not appear again.
4. The display illuminates blue and show.
The first time the unit is switched on, it must acquire data from a
minimum of 4 satellites to establish its position. THIS MAY TAKE UP TO
45 MINS. After approximately 4 hours use, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT 's
internal battery will be charged sufficiently for it to be able to memorise
its position. Subsequent starts will acquire satellites within 1-2 minutes.
5. When ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has established its position, the
display shows your speed (0 if you are stationary). Your unit is now
ready for use.
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3.
Operation
Understanding the Display
Standby Mode
In its normal standby mode, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT’s display shows
your speed and compass heading or time, satellite reception (indicated by
a five-bar column – the more bars displayed, the greater the satellite
reception) and the status of audio output:
Time/Heading
Speed
Satellite reception
Speed Measurement
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT calculates your vehicle speed from GPS data.
The speed is updated every second and, at a constant speed, is highly
accurate. If you are accelerating or decelerating, the displayed value will
lag behind the actual speed by a small margin.
You may find a difference between the reading on your vehicle's
speedometer and ROAD ANGEL COMPACT. This is because all vehicles
are manufactured with a tolerance on the speedometer to allow for tread
depth, tyre size and pressure changes.
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Alert Mode
When you are approaching a known danger zone, the LCD display turns
from blue to red and the type of danger is shown on the left side of the
display. The table on page 19 shows the types of alerts issued by ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT:
Proximity-tohazard counter
Speed Of
Vehicle
Alert type icon
Proximity-to-hazard
counter
Advisory Speed at
Camera
Speed Of
Vehicle
Please Note Advisory speed limit does not show on Blackspots, Schools or
Congestion warnings.
In addition:
•
The Proximity-to-hazard counter increases from 1 to 5 bars as you get
closer to the danger zone.
•
If the Warning has an Advisory speed limit then the alert type icon and
advisory speed limit will alternate.
•
Speech warnings will tell you the type of zone followed by an audible
tone that increases with your proximity to the hazard.
USE THE ADVISORY SPEED LIMIT FOR GUIDANCE ONLY.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW THE SPEED LIMIT AND TAKE
ACCOUNT OF DRIVING CONDITIONS
When you have passed the danger, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT returns to
standby mode.
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Muting Audio and Speech Warnings
You can stop audio and speech warnings temporarily when you are in a
danger zone, or permanently from Standby mode:
•
To temporarily mute audio and speech warnings when in a danger zone,
press the MENU or STORE buttons. When you have passed out of the
danger zone, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT restores audio and speech
alerts to your current menu settings.
•
To stop all audio output, press and hold down the MENU button for
about two seconds from Standby mode. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
displays the Alerts menu icon briefly and then returns to standby mode.
The audio icon is overlaid with a cross. Repeat the procedure to restore
audio output.
To customise audio and speech alerts for each type of danger zone, adjust
the appropriate settings in the Alerts menu (see page 20).
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Alert Types
Alert Type
Icon
Location Type
Fixed
You are approaching a fixed Speed Camera
ahead. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT only alerts
you if you are travelling in the direction that the
camera enforces.
Mobile
Temporary speed camera ahead, often seen in
road works, or at a Speedmaster location.
Average
You are entering an average speed detection
zone. The icon remains on screen whilst you are
inside the enforcement zone.
Blackspot
You are approaching an accident black spot –
an area identified by the police and local
authorities.
School
Optional setting:
You are near a Primary school (see Alerts on
page xxiv).
Congestion
Optional setting:
You are approaching a congestion-charging
zone (see Alerts on page 24).
Overspeed
Optional setting:
You are exceeding the speed limit you have set
in the Alerts menu (see Alerts on page24).
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Customizing ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
You can change the way ROAD ANGEL COMPACT works by adjusting its
menu settings. Press the MENU button to view the menus and cycle
through them.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACTS's properties are categorised in the following
menus:
Alerts
How ROAD ANGEL COMPACT alerts you to road
dangers with audio and visual prompts.
Distances
Set the distance at which ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
commences its alerts.
GPS
GPS information including RescueLoc (see GPS on
page 34).
Unit Data
Technical information about your ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT: its serial number and firmware version.
Display
Screen contrast, speed units, Heading and time setting.
After several seconds of inactivity on a menu screen, the display will return
to normal mode.
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Changing Settings
Locate the property you want to change, and make a note of:
• The menu it is in, for example: Alerts.
•
The position of the property within the menu. Each menu and property
has an associated number; ROAD ANGEL COMPACT displays the
menu and property numbers in the lower left corner of the screen. For
example, Alerts is menu 1 and Camera alert single beep is property 2
within the menu. For this property, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT displays
1-2.
You can use this notation to find a setting quickly. For example,
RescueLoc is setting 3-2. To view RescueLoc quickly, press MENU
three times, then DELETE, and then MENU twice more.
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Illustration of the procedure for changing ROAD ANGEL COMPACTS's
settings: how to view and change the Camera Alert Volume Setting.
1. Press MENU to enter
ROAD ANGEL
COMPACTS's menu
mode. The Alerts menu
icon is displayed.
7. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT’S confirms
the change and then
returns to its Standby
display mode.
6. When the screen
displays the setting you
require, press STORE.
The property is updated
with the new value.
5. Press DELETE to
cycle through the
available values for the
property. With multiple
options, this may require
many presses of the
DELETE button.
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PLEASE ONLY CHANGE MENU SETTINGS
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.
If you want to
access another
menu, keep pressing
MENU to cycle
around the other
menus.
2. To open a menu, press DELETE. The
first property in the menu is displayed. In
the Alerts menu, this is Voice Alert.
3. Press MENU to cycle through the
properties in the menu.
4. When the property you
want to change is displayed,
press DELETE. The screen
shows the options available
for the property.
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Menu Settings
The following sections list all the editable properties in each of the menu
categories.
Alerts
Settings in the Alerts menu determine how ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
warns you about road hazards.
No
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting in bold)
1-0
Voice Alert
Switch voice alerts on or off.
1-1
Camera Alert
volume
Change the sound level of safety
camera related warnings.
1-2
Camera alert
single beep
Switch alert on or off, as each proximity
bar counts up it will emit a single beep.
1-3
Safety Alert
Volume
Change the sound level for Blackspot,
School and Congestion related
warnings.
1-4
Safety Alert
single beep
Switch alert on or off, as each proximity
bar counts up it will emit a single beep.
Off...On
1-5
Blackspot
alert
Switch Blackspot alerts on or off.
Off...On
1-6
School zone
alert
Switch School alerts on or off.
Off...On
1-7
Congestion
zone alert
Switch Congestion zone entry warnings
on or off.
Off...On
1-8
Overspeed
alert
Set a speed at which the unit will warn if
you exceed the speed.
Off...25 - 165
1-9
Slow speed
automute
When travelling less than 15MPH the
unit will not give an audible warning. If
you enter a zone below 15MPH you will
hear a single beep, followed by the
proximity count up.
Off...On
Adjust the warning volumes depending
on how fast the vehicle is travelling.
Off...On
Speed
1-10 sensitive
volume
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Off...On
0..20...40...60...80...100%
Off...On
0..20...40...60...80...100%
Distances
With its factory setting, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT alerts you to a hazard
when you are within 250m of it; you can change this to 500m or 1000m. In
addition, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has a feature to increase the warning
distance when you are travelling over 50mph.
No
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
2-0
Alert distance
Adjusts the warning range as you
approach danger zones.
250...500...1000m
2-1
Speed distance
sensitivity
Doubles the advanced warning at
50MPH and above.
Off...On
GPS
The GPS menu also allows you to access RescueLoc so that you can
identify your precise GPS position for rescue services.
No
3-1
Property
RescueLoc
Details
Read off exact GPS position
(requires satellite acquisition) - can
be quoted to rescue services.
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
Read only
Latitude and Longitude, in
degrees, minutes and
seconds.
Unit Data
This menu provides technical information about your ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT: its serial number and firmware version.
No
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
4-0
Unit serial number Serial number of ROAD ANGEL unit
Read only; 8 digit number
4-1
Firmware version ROAD ANGEL Software version
Read only, in format x.xx
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Display
Using this menu, you can change the appearance of the display: its
contrast and the speed units in use. You can also adjust the clock and
specify whether you wan to view heading or time.
No
Property
Details
Options
(factory setting
shown in bold)
5-0
Contrast
Adjust the contrast of the ROAD
ANGEL display.
0 – 19 (10)
5-1
Speed units
Change displayed speed between
mph and km/hr
MPH....km/H
5-2
Clock adjust
Change time – ROAD ANGEL uses
GPS data; may require offset to
account for daylight saving time.
5-3
Time Setting
Adjust between showing time or
Heading
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± 20 hours in ½ hour intervals.
(+1.00)
Off...On
Adding and Deleting Danger Zones
Blackspot Interactive Ltd. are constantly updating the central database of
danger zones. You can be of great value to all ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
users by noting new information accurately, adding it to your ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT 's database and then downloading the information to
our central database. All general information is verified by Blackspot
Interactive Ltd. before it is added it to the central file.
PLEASE ONLY ADD OR DELETE DANGER ZONES WHEN IT IS
SAFE TO DO SO.
Deleting zones
You can delete any of the locations stored in the ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT database. When your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT alerts you to
the required danger zone:
1. Press DELETE.
2. Confirm the deletion by pressing DELETE again.
When a location has been deleted it can only be restored by reentering the location (see Adding new locations, below) or by
requesting a factory reset for your next update: email
[email protected] with your serial number and contact details.
Note: By using a factory reset all your personally stored
locations will be lost.
Adding new locations
You may add new locations to the FIXED, MOBILE, AVERAGE,
BLACKSPOT and SCHOOL areas of your ROAD ANGEL database. When
you update your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT these new locations will also
be downloaded to the central database, and can then be verified by
Blackspot technicians for inclusion in future updates.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT needs to be travelling in excess of 4 MPH
to calculate the heading for the location.
When your vehicle is precisely alongside the new location:
1. Press STORE once. This will confirm your location.
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2. Press DELETE and choose the type of zone you want to store.
3. Press STORE to confirm your choice.
Adding an Average Speed monitoring section
(SPECS zone)
Store an average speed monitoring area only if you are absolutely sure of
the start and finish points. When passing underneath the first ‘start’ SPECS
camera carry out the following:
1. Press STORE once to store the first camera position.
2. Press DELETE to select the location type: AVERAGE.
3. Press STORE to confirm.
4. When you are underneath the finish camera, press STORE to confirm
the finish position.
The section of average speed detection is now stored.
If you press STORE by mistake, you have the option to cancel by
pressing the MENU button.
Protecting and Cleaning
Cleaning the case and screen
Your unit is made from tough polycarbonate moulded plastic and is
designed to withstand normal daily handling. Only clean with a dry or
slightly damp cloth. Do not use solvents or a wet cloth. When cleaning the
LCD display, avoid pressing too hard as this may damage the display.
General precautions
Avoid water or very damp conditions, extremes of heat (60ºC) or cold
(-10ºC) and dropping the unit. We recommend removing ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT and its bracket from the dashboard if the vehicle is parked for
long periods in direct sunlight.
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4.
Updating the Database
Your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT is capable of storing up to 50,000 unique
danger zones (see page 6). As soon as possible after your purchase, you
should:
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REGISTER the unit. Online at www.blackspot.com (see page vii). If
online registration is not possible, please call the Registration helpline
(recorded) on: 0870 084 7439. Leave your name, address and
telephone number and we will forward a registration form to you the
same working day (Mon – Fri).
•
Download the latest version of the update software.
•
Download the latest version of the database. You cannot update your
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT until your registration has been processed –
this can take up to 24 hours online. Allow 3-4 days for registrations
using the recorded form request service.
We recommend that you update your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT on a
regular basis, as safety camera locations are constantly changing. With
new locations being added and old cameras being removed, we
recommend a monthly update. If you are a high mileage motorist, using
unfamiliar roads, you may want to update your database weekly. You
should also update the database before you set off on a long trip.
To update ROAD ANGEL COMPACT, you will need to install the supplied
software (also available as a download from our website) on a PC with
Internet access. The software is supplied with full installation instructions.
This also explains how to set up the USB communications between your
PC and ROAD ANGEL COMPACT.
System requirements
•
IBM PC or 100% compatible
•
Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
•
Internet Explorer version 5.5 or above
We do not support Apple Macs
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Updating
1. Connect your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT to the PC using the USB
cable.
2. With your Internet connection active, start the ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT software.
3. Click on the Synchronise button.
4. Your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT is updated from the central database.
Any additions you have made to your database are downloaded for
confirmation and possible inclusion in future updates.
You may need to configure your firewall or Internet Security software
to allow the update software access to the Internet. Please refer to
your product support guide.
PLEASE VISIT THE SUPPORT SECTION OF WWW.BLACKSPOT.COM
WHERE YOU WILL THE LATEST ON-LINE UPDATE SOFTWARE AND
INSTRUCTIONS.
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5.
Troubleshooting
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT fails to power up
1. If the cigar socket is ignition-wired, you will need to turn the ignition on
to power up the ROAD ANGEL COMPACT.
2. On the plug in the cigar socket, check that the LED is illuminated. If it is
not, please check that the plug is located properly and then test the
internal fuse. If this is OK, then no power is reaching the socket –
consult a qualified auto-electrician.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT lights up but does not acquire satellites
1. Check the position of your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT in the car: it must
have a clear view of the sky to acquire GPS data (see page 15).
2. Are you in a built-up area? If so, move to an area clear of tall buildings
or overhanging trees.
3. If this is the first time the unit has been switched on it may take up to 45
minutes to acquire a signal.
4. Power down the unit and reboot by detaching and re-attaching the
power lead.
5. Has the vehicle got a UV screen? Place ROAD ANGEL COMPACT onto
the roof of the vehicle and wait for it to acquire satellite data; once
acquired, place back into the car and see if it can hold the signal. If it
cannot then an external antenna is required. Please visit
www.blackspot.com for details. If you have a Ford Focus or Mondeo
with a Quickclear windscreen, ROAD ANGEL COMPACT will work if
placed on the far right hand side of the dashboard.
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ROAD ANGEL COMPACT loses the satellite signal (the display goes from
registering speed to
)
1. This may happen temporarily owing to tunnels, tall buildings, bridges or
dense foliage. When you are clear of the obstruction, ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT should re-acquire satellite signals in a few seconds.
2. Have you moved the unit within the vehicle? Reposition ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT to its original position.
3. You may be experiencing poor GPS coverage – very occasionally one
or more satellites are out of sequence and the signal temporarily drops
out. It should be restored within minutes.
No audible signal
On powering the unit, irrespective of the volume level, the unit will
sound. If you can hear this then the volume has been adjusted to
minimum.
a) Press MENU to move to Alert screen.
b) Press DELETE to open the Camera alert volume setting.
c) Press DELETE to edit the value.
d) Press DELETE repeatedly until the display shows the required value.
e) Press STORE to save the setting.
I am not getting a warning on all fixed cameras
1. Has the unit been updated recently? Carry out an update to add all the
new locations (see page 29).
2. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has a directional feature that allows it to
ignore cameras that are enforcing the speed limit in the opposite
direction.
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I am not getting sufficient warning as I approach fixed cameras
Increase the Alert distance setting:
a) Press MENU twice to move to the Distances screen.
b) Press DELETE to enter the menu.
c) Press DELETE to edit the Alert distance (see page xxiv).
d) Press DELETE repeatedly until the unit shows the required value.
e) Press STORE to save the setting.
Sometimes when I am driving I get a warning for a camera that is not
there?
1. Has the unit been updated recently? The camera may have been
removed from the database.
2. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT may be warning you about a camera on a
parallel road very close to the road you are travelling on. If this is the
case, the proximity bars may switch off before they go all the way to
maximum. This problem is more likely to occur if your ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT is set to a long alert distance setting; to reduce this:
a) Press MENU twice to move to the Distances screen.
b) Press DELETE to enter the menu.
c) Press DELETE to edit the Alert distance (see page 19).
d) Press DELETE repeatedly until the display shows the required value.
e) Press STORE to save the setting.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT displays the message 'Please Register..' when I
power it up
Your ROAD ANGEL has not been updated. You need to register (see
page 7) and update your ROAD ANGEL COMPACT (see page 30).
ROAD ANGEL flashes the message 'Alert Data Out Of Date'
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT has not been updated for 30 days. You need
to update ROAD ANGEL COMPACT as soon as possible.
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6.
Background Information
About Global Positioning Satellites (GPS)
Operational since 1990, 24 satellites orbit the earth at a height of 11,000
miles. At any given point on the globe, at least 4 satellites are in view at
any one time. Using sophisticated aerials and triangulation techniques,
units such as ROAD ANGEL COMPACT are able to compute your exact
position with great accuracy.
Speed Cameras and Black Spots
This section describes the type of cameras and road hazards covered by
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT:
Gatso
The most common type of speed camera –
used in fixed positions mounted on poles at
the roadside. Measures vehicle speed
using radar and, if the speed limit has been
exceeded, photographs the rear of the
vehicle. Uses a flash unit inside the camera
cabinet or mounted on a gantry to
illuminate the offending vehicle's rear
number plate. ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
relies on up-to-date database information
for detection.
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TruVelo
Measures vehicle speed using sensor
strips in the road and photographs the front
of a speeding vehicle, along with the driver.
Uses an infra-red flash. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT relies on up-to-date database
information for detection.
SPECS
Takes a digital photograph of your vehicle
at the ‘start’ point and then another a set
distance further down the road. If your
average speed is greater than the speed
limit between these two cameras you are
automatically prosecuted. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT relies on up-to-date database
information for detection.
Watchman
Measures vehicle speed and, if the speed
limit has been exceeded, takes a
photograph of the front of the vehicle,
including the driver. Can be accessed
remotely allowing operators to download
live video, stored images or data. ROAD
ANGEL COMPACT relies on up-to-date
database information for detection.
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Speedcurb
Measures the speed of vehicles in the
monitored section of road using pressure
sensors in the road surface. If the speed
limit has been exceeded, it takes a
photograph of the rear of the vehicle. Uses
a flash module for night-time operation.
ROAD ANGEL COMPACT relies on up-todate database information for detection.
Traffiphot
Uses pressure sensors in the road (similar
to Speedmaster – see below) to measure
vehicle speed and photographs the rear of
any speeding vehicle. Not to be confused
with red-light cameras. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT relies on up-to-date database
information for detection.
Speedmaster
Semi-permanent (fixed location but only
used part-time), system that uses pressure
sensors in the road to measure vehicle
speed. Connects to a camera on a tripod
for evidence of any offence. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT relies on up-to-date database
information for detection.
Black spot
A specific location, identified by the police
and local authorities, where a high number
of accidents have occurred e.g. a difficult
junction. Mobile speed enforcement units
often target black spots. ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT relies on up-to-date database
information to identify black spots.
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Congestion
Drivers must pay in advance or on the day
of travel to enter the designated zone
during the scheme’s hours of operation.
There are substantial penalties if you do
not pay the congestion charge.
Primary Schools
You can set up ROAD ANGEL COMPACT
to alert you whenever you are within the
proximity of a primary school.
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7.
Accessories
The following table lists the accessories available for ROAD ANGEL
COMPACT. Please visit the ROAD ANGEL COMPACT online shop at
www.blackspot.com for more details.
Item
Details
Additional Laser Sensor
Plugs into ROAD ANGEL's auxiliary socket; alerts you
to mobile laser devices including safety camera team
and hand-held devices.
Dash Pad
Adhesive pad for mounting New ROAD ANGEL directly
onto dashboard.
Dual Lock
Two-piece, recloseable fastener.
Windscreen Mounting Kit
Includes mounting bracket, four anti-vibration dampers
and two clear suction cups.
12v Cigar Plug
Cigar plug to Power Road Angel Compact
USB Cable
Used for either powering the unit in the car or
connecting to PC for updates
Optional External Antenna (2m)
Connects to ANT socket on New Road Angel – for use
in vehicles with UV screens or for discrete mounting.
Blackspot Interactive Ltd. has made every effort to ensure that all the
information contained in this manual is accurate and reliable. However,
the information is subject to change without notice.
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