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.
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 Once cars become more connected, this will even be outdated, and cars will self-regulate their speeds based on geofencing, which will know what zone the car is in based on GPS, know the desired speed limits and be able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.
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...
Just adding some votes and a comment, to hopefully move this up the development priority list. After all, how difficult to develop a simple algorithm to report "police frequently reported in this area"
Leonardo Lombardi commented
I don't get why there is a police report feature in the first place.
What's the reason for reporting? To alert someone that is committing a crime, so he doesn't get caught. This is wrong.
When a police was marked on a road segment for example 2-3x a month, next month can be there a grayscale icon of cops as warning. By us we have places, where police likes to be often. Or let wazers to choose, for how long period they want to show places, where police was standing in past.
A nice idea but forgive my ignorance when wondering if cops will catch on and use the app to declare consistent "not there"'s.
Also when considering color-coding these zones please keep the color-blind in mind. Sounds ridiculous but it makes reading these maps torturous.
Bob Buranich commented
Yeah , and im sure waze could could use the past report to get a idea of what times the cops are there at a day by day bases for on the likely hood of a cop being at that spot.
I think Waze should take the user data and generate their own "known speed trap" locations for automatically generated warnings. This should require repeated posting of police in an area within a period of time, including those being Thanked to show that they are valid postings. Waze has the data to do this already and making it automatic will prevent abuse.
awesome idea! a open hotspot "heat map" would be cool too!
I like this...wish I had another vote to give!!
death Bye post commented
implemented completely waze could create a plugin system or offer adding mobile applications
death Bye post commented
I love everything in the first and second comments!
Heat maps would be great.