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gonytours

Travel apps

by gonytours »

Does anyone have any recommendations about phone apps for either Android or the iPhone that warn of traffic accidents, speed traps or road construction? 

From a brief search I found Trapster (www.trapster.com) that seems to have a lot of users and a lot of good reviews. Has anyone ever used this? What do you think? Any other suggestions?

I'm going out of town in a month and just want to prepare for a quick and safe trip, especially with a couple kiddos in the back seat.

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RE: Travel apps

by PHeymont »

First, let's define speed trap a little narrowly as locations that use false or misleading or missing signs to trap motorists who believe they are driving within the limits--that's different from locations set up to stop people intentionally violating limits. I don't know about apps for that, but AAA has (or used to) a list on their website.

The app you cite does not make that distinction; it says that "Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards." It also uses misleading statistics to promote itself (see chart below). It reports 20 million reports as 20 million users, without indicating how many distinct users (as in 10 people making 20 reports each=200 users) and gives an absolutely absurd figure of nearly 7,000,000 traps--that must surely include multiple reports of the same locations.

As far as traffic and road conditions, I mostly use Google Maps/Navigation, which does a pretty good job of keeping up with traffic conditions.

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RE: Travel apps

by naania1432 »

There are plenty of travel guide apps on Aptoide app store.

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RE: Travel apps

by markcarlton »

Hello,

 

I've been using various apps while traveling, but the most helpful was the Cross Fire app or Fogo Cruzado created by Amnesty International. It's a local app for Brazil, but when you travel to this country, you need to be careful about the dangers in the streets and the gangs fighting and shooting all over the places and regions..

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RE: Travel apps

by markcarlton »

Of course, it's just a local app. But mostly, people who used it truly appreciate the opportunity to keep away from unsafe places. They suggest also a sync with Google maps, but that's just an idea so far in the article https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-security-app/brazil-apps-track-gunfire-as-rio-de-janeiro-violence-spikes-idUSKBN19P2C3write my project for me in the coming updates of the tech community. Waiting for updates soon.

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