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Now that you have found us we hope you will find our forums a friendly and helpful place to ask questions and receive answers. With over 450,000 registered users, we have one of the busiest satnav forums.

We offer unbiased reviews of all manner of GPS devices and you can be sure that we have tested every device we review, no PR re-hashes here, just honest opinions and in-depth experience from our team of respected editors and moderators.

We also produce the PocketGPSWorld Speed Camera Database, a speed camera warning service compatible with a huge range of satnavs. It is the most comprehensive database of its kind and now covers 40 countries. Don't take our word for it, take a wander through our forums and see what our customers think of our database and our service. Their feedback is better than any marketing spiel we can come up with.

And finally, don't be afraid to ask, if you need satnav help, want to install speed camera alerts, or just need advice on a purchase, we're here to help. Don't be shy, just head to the forums.

News: Dutchmen Sentenced For Speed Camera Horror

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Two Dutch men who attempted to blow up a speed camera in Voorschoten, Holland in 2011 were given 45 months and three years respectively in prison.

They attached a firework bomb to the speed camera with the intention of returning later to detonate it. But in the meantime, the police had been notified by a passerby.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, December 19 @ 13:04:23 EST

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

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Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 23 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.123) congratulations are due for the following 5 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

ChrisGorringe, Mollox, Pedrolami, redsquirrel, Vikingr.


Five users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 13 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: 3dBell, BAZZA77, Cirieno, dartmoorwanderer, gsfalco, hudsonl, MrSoapsud, rbecking, Roycave, Siggy101, Skippy, SpikeyMikey, Steelbreese.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, December 18 @ 13:46:36 EST

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News: Nokia HERE reinvents maps for self-driving cars

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An interesting article from Wired.co.uk who have been given a demonstration of Nokia HERE (formerly Navteq) mapping data that has been reinvented to cater for the future of autonomous, self-driving cars.

We're all familiar by now with the multi-layers of street data captured by mapping companies to enable them to create navigable digital maps. The base road layouts, lane information, turns, bridge heights, speed limits, POI info etc.

But the future, with the onset of self-driving cars, means these maps need to be upgraded and Nokia HERE has been working on high definition mapping with centimetre level accuracy, and data on lane closures and other traffic issues that is updated constantly.

It's a massive undertaking that begins with a laser generated scan of the roads, with 700,000 points of data per second captured using lidar. This data allows a 3D map to be created with high resolution.

Whether you can't wait for self-driving cars or dread their arrival, they're coming and sooner than you might think. We already have cars able to identify and park in a spot, adaptive cruise control that accelerates and brakes with the traffic ahead and it's technically possible to have autonomous vehicles now. But the supporting infrastructure will need to be upgraded and these high definition maps will form a key part of that.

Source: wired.co.uk

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, December 18 @ 08:35:34 EST

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News: Jaguar Working on In-Car Projectors and Ghost 'Follow Me' Cars

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Jaguar has released a video showing ideas it has for future in-car tech including screens built-into the car pillars transparent to reduce blind spots and a full windscreen heads-up display that shows hazards, a 'Follow Me' ghost car for navigating and also points of interest.

The system uses a network of cameras to provide 360 coverage with the images displayed on the A and B pillars to remove potential blind spots. The system also detects potential hazards such as pedestrians stepping off the kerb and flags them on the windscreen as an alert.

A '360 Virtual Urban Windscreen' allows the display of other data such as the 'Follow Me' feature. This provides a virtual ghost car, much as we saw some years back in Route 66's satnavs, allowing the driver to focus on the road ahead.

Some of the tech being suggested here does not yet exist, but all of it is possible, at a cost.

Source: newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, December 18 @ 07:54:45 EST

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.123 - 17 Dec 2014

This release sees 30 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 18 Dec 14.

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, December 17 @ 09:39:30 EST

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News: Not Enough Deaths To Warrant Speed Cameras

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Following the death of 58 year old Ashwin Patel, a thousand people signed a petition asking for Greenwich Council to implement traffic-calming measures to the road.

Mr. Patel died whilst standing outside his shop in Hillreach, Woolwich after being hit by a car.

Greenwich council duly wrote to Transport for London (TfL) asking for speed cameras to be installed on the road.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, December 16 @ 10:25:33 EST

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News: SatNav Blamed for Car Getting Trapped

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Despite a clear "Car Trap" sign indicating that it probably wouldn't be a great idea to proceed down a guided busway, a female motorist decided that her satnav was in charge.

This, as you have probably worked out, resulted in her car, a Mini Cooper, getting trapped - it was left perched on the raised middle section of the route.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, December 15 @ 07:52:00 EST

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News: 1000s Of Drivers Could Have Prosecutions Reversed

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Thousands of motorists could have their speeding tickets revoked as a result of incorrect road markings. The markings form part of the process that enables some speed cameras to measure the speed of a vehicle.

After receiving speeding a ticket, David Erasmus, 55, noticed that the white road markings related to the camera which caught him looked too close together.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, December 13 @ 08:58:34 EST

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 31 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.122) congratulations are due for the following 8 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

Allan_whoops, Christian001, gbrevern, GerryWhite, johnnym100, tiddler, willyone, Yiam.


Four users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 19 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: 253, Andy_P, DennisN, EMCOR, Eyebeear, hudsonl, jamesjay, johalareewi, MaFt, MrSoapsud, n_golding, pillboxman, richardh, Sammy2710, scholes24, Skippy, TieJustice, yeramihi, young-goat.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, December 11 @ 09:58:18 EST

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News: Tesla announce deal with NavInfo for Chinese map data

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US Electric Car manufacturer Tesla has announced a deal with mapping company NavInfo that means Chinese Tesla Model S owners will finally be getting satnav on that gorgeous 17-inch display panel.

Normally Tesla uses Google maps, but these are blocked in China so owners of the $75,000 to $105,000 luxury EVs have had no satnav as Tesla were forced to remove the feature.

Under the terms of the deal, Beijing based NavInfo will provide mapping data for the Model S which will also feature voice and text recognition as well as a soft keyboard and Pinyin input.

The mapping is expected to be available early next year with update 6.0.

Source: navinfo.eu

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, December 11 @ 07:41:33 EST

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News: Amazon Loses Patience with FAA Re. Drone Trials

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Online retailer Amazon has plans to roll out a fleet of semi-autonomous multicopters which will deliver small packages direct to your home.

But its research and testing is being thwarted by the US Aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who have been dragging their heels on rules regarding commercial use of these types of vehicles.

Whilst its not difficult to see why the FAA is reluctant to give the green light to what could be hundreds of these things buzzing over our heads, Amazon has lost patience with the regulator which has, so far, only granted approval for flight testing to a small number of organisations, and Amazon is not one of them.

Amazon has now threatened to move its testing and any future operations overseas, they are already conducting tests at a research facility in Cambridge. Despite concerns over the safety of these vehicles, which rely on GPS for navigation, and a multitude of other sensors for orientation and stability, Amazon thinks Amazon Prime Air, as it will be known, could cater for deliveries of sub 5kg packages, which makes up more than 86% of its business.

Source: Amazon.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, December 11 @ 05:58:23 EST

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News: Portsmouth Man Uses Nike+ To Map Out Marriage Proposal

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A Portsmouth resident turned to a jogging app for help when he proposed to his girlfriend.

Ben Chudley used the Nike+ app to map his runs and spell "Will You Marry Me" which he posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday. Ben's girlfriend Olivia Abdul saw it and accepted.

Ben has mapped a number of other runs to create images of his runs including a dinosaur, a seahorse and even spongebob squarepants.

Source: Facebook.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, December 11 @ 05:05:36 EST

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.122 - 10 Dec 2014

This release sees 46 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 11 Dec 14.

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, December 10 @ 20:30:06 EST

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News: Transport Secretary Lobbied To Halt HGVs in Somerset Village

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The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Somerton and Frome has persuaded the UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to meet the bosses of the UK's Satnav companies in a bid to stop HGVs driving through his county's rural villages.

David Warburton lobbied McLoughlin for over a year about his concerns that large trucks were unsuited to travel through Somerset's quieter areas.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, December 08 @ 11:21:59 EST

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 36 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.121) congratulations are due for the following 10 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

3dBell, CA_0201142217, CAS_0630180728, Chilternphil, Gimbo, johnnym100, Monkey0Magic, nonnie75, willleo, willyone.


Three users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 23 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: CA_0722001856, CraigC_UK, dorsetwurzel, foshy, Fraserp, gilessmith, hal1but, johalareewi, lonesome, marmitebcfc, Motormouse, Mr_T, MrGumby, MrSoapsud, NAleksander, NdBuk, richardh, RichardM, Rick-uk, scholes24, snifflebag, steve-r, TuppyTrucker.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, December 04 @ 08:26:39 EST

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