Money Roundup: Anti-Speeding Apps Edition

by Michael on Jul 7, 2013 · 3 comments

While on the road over the past couple of weeks, I played around with a couple of apps that are designed, in part, to help you avoid speeding tickets. One was called Trapster and the other was Waze. Overall, I was impressed with aspects of both.

Trapster bills itself as a “speed trap sharing system,” but the alerts were typically stale, with most being “known enforcement points” that weren’t unmanned. The bright spot was that it shows you the current speed limit wherever you are and lets you set an audible alert for whenever you exceed the speed limit by X mph.

In contrast, Waze is more of a real-time, social GPS. You can use it for routing, and it does reasonably well with this, but it really shines when it comes to alerting you to road hazards (cars on the shoulder, objects in the roadway), traffic slowdowns, and active speed traps — as opposed to historical enforcement points.

To me, the ideal mashup would be if Waze added the configurable speed alerts offered by Trapster to their laundry list of other features. The only downside (aside from possible driver distraction) is that Google recently bought Waze and one wonders what they’re doing with all that location data…

And now… Here are some articles that caught my eye this past week:

That’s it. Hope you had a great weekend.

1 Lance @ Money Life and More July 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I totally tip for delivery, but if I go get it…no way!

2 Martin July 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Those apps sound interesting. I typically drive slowly, but sometimes forget myself with heavy foot and find myself speeding. I will review those apps, they may be useful, because ending up with a $260 ticket is definitely unpleasant and I for sure can do better with that money.

3 Little House July 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

I have a radar detector in my car that alerts me if there’s radar in force (ie. if there’s a patrol car somewhere nearby). But I’d like to know of road hazards ahead of time. I’ll have to check out Waze. There seem to be apps for everything!

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