I have been thinking about this application since CTIA Las Vegas. Taking into consideration the amount of driving I do as a *soccermom* with two kids in soccer, one of which is on a traveling team, I am surprised that I only have one speeding ticket in the past 10 years
So I downloaded the application last night and decided to test it out on a road here in the East Bay known for its fatality accidents. On any given day, you can find at least two cops doing traffic duty on each end of the treacherous road known as Vasco Road.
The coolest part, I think, is it is GPS based. So, as I was driving over to have lunch with my husband, I decided to give it run. Now, everything is real time, so it is impossible for me to get real time screen shots.
Below, is the screen you will see when there are no alerts around.
The "No Alerts Found" actually scrolls across the bottom of the screen until an alert pops up. On my drive, I didn't get any police activity, but did get alerts on possible 'speed trap hiding places' -- which will then pop up on the top of this screen and you can even click the alert to see who posted it and how much 'credibility' that person has. In addition, you can also vote on the alert to give it more credibility. On a couple of occasions, more than one alert popped up for 'hiding places' showing that more than one person sees that as a potential speed trap. Very cool
Below is a picture from the Trapster website, more or less showing all the alerts I received today, but on a map. If the alert is yellow, its has two votes, green is one. If it has more than two votes (i think, can't confirm) then the color is red.
You can alert/report to the Trapster community of potential hiding places of police/speed traps, areas where red light cameras and speeding cameras are located, and actual police running radars all with your mobile phone and your GPS.
Here is an additional picture of the south bay and the number of redlight cams reported. This is from the website, not the blackberry.
Trapster is a free application (not web-based, there is a client to dl to your bb) that runs on your blackberry and uses your internal GPS. It is a social community, only as strong as its user base
so the more reported, the better it becomes. I can only reiterate that you please use caution when reporting speed traps, etc. because we certainly don't want you causing an accident trying to report to the Trapster community
to learn more and register for free
and for the flamers, here is an excerpt from their 'about' page:
Isn't this fundamentally wrong or illegal or something?
As far as the ethics of it all: Speed limits are listed as fixed, but enforced as guidelines. Here in Southern California where we are located, traffic never moves at or under the speed limit. Inconsistent, selective, and subjective enforcement practices create ambiguity. This means good-intentioned drivers often end up not only with a ticket, but confused and angry about why they were chosen. Unfortunately speed traps are sometimes created and enforced as intentionally deceptive revenue generators, but this is the exception rather than the rule. We think most police just want you to slow down. You can either have them pull you over to tell you that personally, or allow your phone the chance to save them the trouble.