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  • Trapster, Speed Trap Finder App, Hits 4.0


    Trapster has just gone to version 4.0 of its iPhone app with a number of new features and enhancements. With over 3 million users and 1.2 million traps reported across the planet, the worldwide "speed trap sharing system" claims to have the most up to date information on police hiding spots and road hazards, using a peer-to-peer approach (hence the reference to Napster).

    The app provides what it calls "virtual radar technology" to keep you apprised of what the global community of users is seeing. Trapster uses your phone's GPS and a Google Maps overlay to sync with the database, and gives you spoken warnings if you're near a speed trap or accident. If you see something you want to warn other motorists about, it allows you to add a hotspot by simply tapping your iPhone as you're passing by.

    Trapster allows you to tag hotspots as "police often hide here", "red light camera", "speed camera" and "mobile speed camera" in addition to construction sites and accidents. Based on the number of users who note a particular hotspot, the confidence level is rated with a green, yellow, red, or grey flag. Users who note hotspots that end up highly rated gain credibility points with the system.

    Version 4.0 adds a new feature called Patrol, which displays how recently another Trapster user has driven down the same road as you, helping you gauge the credibility of reports. And Caravan mode shows the locations of other users in real-time, and this mode as well as Facebook Connect and iPhone-to-iPhone connectivity allows you to share your experiences with your friends and contacts.

    Trapster offers a lot for the price: free on the App Store. A drawback noted by many users is that the constant GPS and data network usage eats up battery life, so a car charger is definitely recommended.

    image via appcraver.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Trapster, Speed Trap Finder App, Hits 4.0 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      wow thats cool

      Let me take out my key and turn you on
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      just got it!! has helped me so much around my cop ridden city and on road trips
    1. pingywon's Avatar
      pingywon -
      I have been using Trapster for a good while now and love it!

      It has slowed me down more then a few times
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      the phone has "nice" signal strength in that picture.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      ^^ rofl!!
    1. Myque's Avatar
      Myque -
      Come to my country, you will love signal strength
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      the phone has "nice" signal strength in that picture.
      And it's on the Edge network, not 3G.

      Wonder if that's a joke esp considering it's right by Apple's Cupertino headquarters.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      im going to give this a shot. useful at least in the fact that its free.

      eh...well i tried it. too slow and cumbersome. buttons are small. i'll end up getting into an accident just trying to function the darn thing.
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Tried this app. It's very cool, but it sucks my battery like there's no tomorrow.
    1. corgi1's Avatar
      corgi1 -
      Got Trapster today and tried it out driving home from work. After less than 30 minutes of using it in the car with the iphone also plugged into the charger, the back of my phone was hot to the touch.
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      the phone has "nice" signal strength in that picture. :d
      lol!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      It works ok but I rather rely on my actual radar detector
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      It works ok but I rather rely on my actual radar detector
      I agree. It's too much of a hassle to be running this app while you drive. I use Slacker Radio and my 3G can't run them both at the same time. So I definitely rely on my radar detector, as cops always find new places to sit on.

      However, if you have a radar detector and you get hit by a laser, it won't do anything as they have your speed by the time you get an alert. They're a must for K and Ka bands though!
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      It works ok but I rather rely on my actual radar detector
      I thought cops are only allowed to use radar on interstates and highways. They have to use VASCAR (which is just some basic Physics 1 knowledge) on local streets and on inner city roads.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      You might be right, I'm not sure. Around here the cops only hangout on the interstates and highways.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      You might be right, I'm not sure. Around here the cops only hangout on the interstates and highways.
      Ah yes, that would make sense to be in possession of one of those there. If I didn't live in the sleepy town of South Park, I might actually try this Trapster out. Only pull-overs I've gotten were from plain stupidity (doubling the speed limit right after making an illegal left with a cop RIGHT behind me)
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      CoPilot has very good Safety (we're not allowed to call them speed) camera notifications so I'll stick to that.
    1. mynameisjordan's Avatar
      mynameisjordan -
      I never really liked trapster but that's probably because of where I live... I would most likely use it if more people in my city used this app.