Police Heat Map
What about a feature that shows popular police trap locations. There are locations in my town that are popular with police to setup speed traps. If those areas could glow blue like traffic areas glow red, I think that could be a great feature. If you could use the information that wazers report, then that info could be processed through an algorithm that show the high probability areas.
Possible already exists. Add speed camera in the are where police frequently setup mobile speed traps
Map editor: Could use the speed camera option. Only it doesn't give option to set it as mobile camera.
Slawek Kotynski commented
Additionaly, the icon could stay longer, in proportion to the number of reports, in the place where such reports were repeatedly reported.
How about the glowing blue area with intensity to show probability, obviously but show high probability spots and times… Like collect the locations with time stamps to predict what times there will be high probability of police sitting with radar
Whenever I have tried to add in on the map that there is police pulled someone over or a booze bus or something else to do with police, unless I’m posting it exactly where I am that the police are there then I can’t do it. I don’t want to go on my phone while I’m driving to post that the police are somewhere on the roads but if I post it when I pull over down the road then it says the police are at whatever my location is at that point and then I can’t delete it if it’s wrong. Seems a bit silly to me to not have that option.
I think that a great addition to Waze would be an icon showing where police frequently sit (but aren’t reported to be sitting currently). For example, if police are commonly reported in one spot over a long period of time but aren’t reported to be there right now, put a warning sign there. I know of a few spots near me where police commonly sit and are reported on Waze, but I sometimes see them there without Waze reporting it. This would just give people a heads up that police are commonly there, so to be weary of that even though nobody in the area reported one to be there now.
Yoda teach you i will commented
To Withhold Seth,
I agree with most of what you say, We ARE NOT Gov. piggy banks!
Yoda teach you i will commented
Not sure about OTHER countries, however in AUS. Waze has removed the "Message bubble" on Police reports!!!!
IS WAZE HERE FOR THE PEOPLE OR MERELY A LAP DOG FOR THE GOV. MILITARY FORCES?
The message bubble is a GREAT Idea, if Police are at an accident, motorists are prepared to A: avoid the area or B: slow down!
RADAR TRAP! people can check their speed for compliance etc!
hey now #deleteJosh commented
Please add "common police locations" for e.g. where police have been reported in the last 6 months or so (not necessarily currently reported).
This would give the same effect as speed cameras, make people more careful in problematic areas (police usually monitors in such areas).
In my view this would be beneficial even for police too, same effect as cardboard patrol cars, or even parked empty police cars which is also common.
this is a great idea, that could be switched on or off by the user. If I'm traveling out of my area, this would be very handy. I know where these vermin sit around my commute.
PhoenixofMT Wazer commented
As a former Trapster user, I can attest that "known hideouts" are pretty useless. They can hide out in dozens of places in a small area, and you never know when they'll be there. The end effect is a LOT of clutter on the map. I looked at the Trapster map of San Francisco once, and the "known hideouts" were packed 2-4 per block! I don't know how it could possibly be useful to be told that the police may be hiding in any of a dozen places in the next mile. I don't need an app to remind me that I could get in trouble if I break the law on a given stretch of road. If you're that paranoid about police, I don't see why you need technology to reinforce, or more probably amplify your paranoia. Just remember that they are hiding behind every bush and billboard and you'll be fine.
Rui Delgado commented
If we could add the popular trap location for the country that we want, like in tomtom, igo, sygic, etc. Would be great
Sherlock McGyver commented
I also agree with Gamma, the patrol officer who commented on how "speeding is infrequently reckless". Even speeding at what is consider "reckless by speed" is hardly reckless. Speeding in statistics is hardly even worth mentioning as a cause of accident, let alone death. Also, if government would simply set a maximum Federal speed limit for all states not-to-exceed, and require car manufacturers to govern all vehicles sold in the US at that limit (perhaps about 90 mph, or so) then they would do far better than all of the needless patrols and ticketing for profit. Once cars become more connected, this will even be outdated, and cars will self-regulate their speeds based on geofencing, which will know what zone the car is in based on GPS, know the desired speed limits and be able to govern on-the-fly.
Sherlock McGyver commented
That's a great idea to have as an Advanced Option. Show the locations that police are often reported based on historical data. Genius. DO IT!
I would think this would be something for the Live Map to show... just for statistical purposes.
dr j commented
I realize that the "heat map" concept has been mentioned in the past and there are frequent postings about this concept. I did not find in my search of suggestions a practical algorithm to make this useful.
I think that the postings of random cars on side of road and detritus in the road result in too frequent notifications that are distracting. I do not think that simply adding alerts for every known speed trap is useful.
A useful modification would be to alert users of locations with frequent police sightings in the past say 30 days only if there are not at least 2-3 reported wazers less than ten minutes away from the driver.
Withhold Seth commented
Waze, please provide ▪MOAR▪ detailed information to commuters
Waze needs to show moving sheriffs, travelling police, moving highway patrol to increase the safety of those they serve.
Show direction, velocity, acceleration, frequency, heat map, color coded aging of alert, credibilty, disallow removal by those within close proximity who are stationary, disallow removal of other alerts by those respectively stationary near other [recently] active alerts, disallow removal by those who only mark not-there, grant higher confidence to faster than herd commuters, provide ETA based on which percentile group of commuter, tie traffic alerts to marked police for better estimation of dissipation (with color coding).
○ sheriffs are in conspicuous vehicles in high contrast black & white
○ sheriffs wear uniforms to stand out from everyone else
○ finding sheriffs without waze is not difficult
These high visibility vehicles inspire panic in hand-to-mouth commuters oft resulting in
• unexpected breaking
• truly reckless behavior
• slowing without break lights
• rubber-necking caused mass delays increasing risk of rear-endings
Sheriffs driving both slower than the herd & slower than outdated posted limits benefit no one, obstruct commerce.
These facetious requests to censor map information is inanity & unamerican. Currently Sheriff Association is the whine festival.
♢ criminals intent on harming sheriffs will listen to police radio to find sheriff's location.
♢♢ should we ban radio use?
Less information obviously will not stop crime. Better information allows better decisions. Please don't treat everyone like criminals. Innocent until proven guilty? Remember!
More restrictions makes no one safe. Gun licensing and firearm right-suppression undermine right to life from conception to natural death, and demonstrably increases crime. Everyone has a RIGHT TO THE TRUTH.
The road is less safe with absurd limitations.
%▶ if safety: 9 mph
%▶ if pollution reduction or efficiency: 92 mph
Fast driving is not reckless. Slow driving can be reckless.
▶ roads are built for commerce
▶ commuters pay taxes
▶ cities don't exist to be profitable
▶ citizens aren't a money tree
Waze helps tax payers effect prudence.
● police should be pursuing those who perpetrate violence against others after a crime.
● police are not performing their sworn duty well by collecting artificial undemocratic taxes.
● highway patrol was created to help commuters with road-side difficulties prior to the age of wireless phones.
■ more information better
■ censoring is not better
■ do not treat everyone as a criminal
■ say NO to impoverishing efficiently driving commuters
■ fixed limits are outdated per se
■ dismiss with prejudice sheriff association inane request
May God bless America and its internets.
PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED EVEN US PATROLLERS COULD NOT CIRCUMVENT WITH WAZE OURSELVES
COMPLAIN TO YOUR MUNICIPALITY: STOP FLEECING TAX PAYERS. SPEEDING IS INFREQUENTLY RECKLESS
IT WOULD HELP ME KNOW WHERE NOT TO SIT FOR TRAFFIC...