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This is a website and a smartphone app.
The idea is simple.
Users download the app to their smartphone.
Whenever they are driving, if they see a police car,
they tap the app. This sends their location -
anonymously - to the website.
In return, when they approach a location where a
car is known to have been recently (as data
ages, points are removed from the plot) they
receive an alert.
Users gain points if their sighting reports are
confirmed by another user.
The app also allows users to enter a description
and registration of any unmarked police vehicles
The site is financed by advertising; sighting alerts
include a small advert.
Users can also subscribe to access deeper levels of
In a similar spirit...
[normzone, Aug 03 2013]
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||I don't think it has quite reached app level, but a friend of mine has/had a speed trap spotting update to his satnav maps, with the subscription fee for the information waived for those who submit camera/polis locations. Being in passenger in his car with this thing going involved lurching from hyperspeed to sunday driver and back again every 67 yards.
||Police notes apps tallying their favorite spots, relocates. Cat-and-mouse free-for-all.
||oooh, have a bun. I thought of something similar,
based on numberplate recognition and GPS but
shelved it because I thought numberplate
recognition was beyond a smartphone. But it
turns out it's totally baked <link>. So it's a
complete goer. Have your smartphone on your
dash, tap it when you recognize a police car,
either regular or unmarked. This then feeds into
the database. From there you can build up zones
of probability, not unlike electron orbitals, only
with sharper corners and a vastly different
||I'd expect that human police officers get into
patrol habits, and there are boundaries between
forces. It'd be interesting for both law
enforcement personnel and velocity enthusiasts.
||"Hmm... this particular locale seems to be an epicenter of a lot of cop orbitals. High crime area?"
||"Nope, 24-hour donut shop..."
||[+]Similar to what the CB radio and "Smokey and the Bandit" were to the 70's.
Who will play the Bandit and what will he drive in the remake using this system?
||// Who will play the Bandit //
||Either Daniel Craig or Nicholas Cage, possibly even Vin Diesel.
||// and what will he drive in the remake using this system? //
||Not Nicholas Cage. Anybody but Nicholas Cage.
||Daniel Craig is entirely too straightlaced for the part. I could see Vin Diesel, but that's kindof baked anyway in FF ad infinitum. Maybe Jason Statham would work...
||There's a GPS navigation app called Waze that has a
lot of this functionality built in, including the points
system for reporting police (and other traffic hazards)
and having your reports confirmed by others. It's also
pretty good at routing you around traffic, since it gets
crowdsourced traffic data in real time from others
using the app.
||financed by dunkin donuts ads