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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.

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 27 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (13.034) congratulations are due for the following 4 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

adh46, Aerogen, bimal296, Morty.


Four users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 19 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: bmuskett, DennisN, disco1974, DJ1, dorsetbred, falkirk81, Feek, gree0115, hjohan13, hudsonl, jacann, jdg_32uk, Jellyroll, Oldboy, PedroStephano, Privateer, Siggy101, sjjw, 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, March 26 @ 17:01:46 EDT

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News: M60 Speed Cameras Up And Running

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The M60 speed cameras that were installed five months ago, are finally operative. There was some doubt as to their legality, hence the long delay.

A Queen's Counsel had warned Greater Manchester Police that a regulation order connected to the cameras was worded incorrectly and, if challenged by a ticketed driver, the prosecution would fail.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, March 26 @ 10:37:58 EDT

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News: Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter - bye bye speeding tickets?

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Ford is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer an system that can help a driver to avoid exceeding the speed limit.

Their 'Intelligent Speed Limiter' has a windscreen mounted camera that is able to recognise road signs and adjust the maximum vehicle speed accordingly. The data is also presented in the instrument cluster and includes the speed limit and other data such as overtaking restrictions.

Vehicles equipped with on-board navigation can also use the map data to supplement the sign recognition. The driver maintains full control, the limit can be adjusted manually and overridden by firm pressure on the accelerator if required.

Rather than use engine braking to retard speed, Ford controls the amount of fuel entering the engine and thus restricts engine torque.

Source: https://media.ford.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 26 @ 07:43:42 EDT

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News: GPS IIF-9 heads into orbit on a Delta IV rocket

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Yesterday the ninth block IIF GPS satellite was successfully launched into orbit by United Launch Alliance for the US Air Force. The navigation satellite was enshrouded in a 4 metre payload fairing as it stood on the launch pad on top of a Delta IV rocket.

The countdown to the launch started eight hours prior to ignition with the removal of the service tower. Four hours before launch the two stages of the rocket were filled with cryogenic fuel. After numerous safety checks were made the terminal countdown started four minutes before launch.

Just before launch the rocket was engulfed in a ball of flame as the surplus hydrogen was ignited. The two solid rocket boosters were lit and the rocket and GPS satellite thundered into the misty skies.

Continue to read an extract of the launch report from AmericaSpace.Com...

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, March 26 @ 07:18:05 EDT

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News: CoPilot developers to promote safer driving

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ALK, developers of CoPilot, have partnered with road safety charity Brake to promote safer driving.

The use of satnav has now become ubiquitous but as its usage has risen, it has been accompanied by accidents that were a result of misuse, drivers distracted by their satnav, drivers who lost concentration whilst entering addresses etc etc. And sadly, some of these accidents resulted in loss of life. We've all been guilty of messing with our satnav when we should be concentrating on the road ahead and who hasn't seen a driver whose satnav was planted in the middle of their windscreens?

So I think ALK should be applauded for taking a stance on road safety here. Their app already has a number of safety related features including 'Motion Lock', which prevents fiddling with the display when moving, and a 'Directions Only' option which gives only the most important navigation data.

Richard Coteau of Brake said, "Having a navigation campaign partner who cares about driver distraction and road safety gives us great insight into sat navs, such as CoPilot, and their safety, and together we are looking forward to raise awareness around the driver distraction risks of inappropriate use of technology when in car."

David Quin of ALK and Richard discuss satnavs and safety in this YouTube video.

Source: www.alk.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 26 @ 07:01:58 EDT

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

Speed Cameras


Version 13.034 - 25 Mar 2015

This sees 80 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 26 Mar 15.

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, March 25 @ 19:56:34 EDT

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News: New TomTom for Android app moves to subscription model

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TomTom have re-launched their Android navigation app with a ground up re-write. The new app shares the same updated interface as their latest GO satnav range but, notably, will now use a subscription payment model where the app is free to download but features such as navigation, real-time traffic and speed cameras will require a subscription to access.

The app comes with 50-miles of navigation, traffic and speed cameras included for free each month, ideal for low milage drivers or to evaluate the app and services. A subscription will cost 14.99 for one year or 34.99 for three years. That compares favourably with the price of the old app. The old app cost 34.99, add on a one year traffic sub at 18.99 and it's not hard to see that this is good value for those who use it a lot.

Existing owners of the Android app have not been forgotten. For 50p they will get a three year subscription, the 50p fee being imposed by Google who have no mechanism for gifting free upgrades to new software like this.

It's a big change for sure. Some will no doubt balk at the subscription model but this new pricing structure makes sense and the inclusion of traffic alerts is a huge bonus.

The new app is available on Google Play .

Source: www.tomtom.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Wednesday, March 25 @ 08:37:33 EDT

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News: 4500 Ticketed By New M4 Speed Cameras

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Nearly 4,500 drivers have been issued with speeding tickets by new M4 speed cameras that went live in January.

The cameras, which are situated on the Port Talbot stretch of the motorway, monitor average speeds within a two-mile 50mph zone - the aim, together with safety, is to improve traffic flow along the M4.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, March 20 @ 07:21:08 EDT

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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 25 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (13.033) congratulations are due for the following 2 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

bertxuk, blsnip.


Three users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 20 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: CA_0722001856, DennisN, Dodgyd, Fatcats, Gretel, Jellyroll, Lincol, Steelbreese, TuppyTrucker, andrewdwork, axemfoxem, daveed03, dorsetbred, hudsonl, pillboxman, poppasmurf_bewdley, rayrichards, snifflebag, teb, 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, March 19 @ 08:52:52 EDT

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

Speed Cameras


Version 13.033 - 18 Mar 2015

This sees 66 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 19 Mar 15.

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, March 18 @ 20:21:13 EDT

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News: Sat Navs Removed From Cost Of Living Index

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The Office for National Statistics has revealed that traditional sat navs have been removed from the cost of living index - an index that measures differences in the price of goods and services to calculate inflation.

Our changing shopping habits mean that personal sat nav devices have been relegated as we increasingly turn to the vehicle's integral factory-fitted system or free map apps on smartphones and tablets.

It is certainly not the case that sat navs per se are becoming less popular - some luxury cars are now even being built with multiple sat navs so that passengers in the back seats can follow the journey.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, March 17 @ 11:33:45 EDT

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News: TomTom GPS Sport Watches now compatible with Nike+ App

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TomTom have announced support for the Nike+ App in its range of TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport GPS Sport Watches.

Users of the watches will now be able to connect to Nike+ and track their progress, challenge friends, share their activity and earn NikeFuel points.

"This is the next step in a partnership with Nike that began in 2011 with the launch of the Nike+ Sportwatch, which was powered by TomTom," said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director and Founder, TomTom Consumer.

Source: www.tomtom.com/sports

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 12 @ 11:56:54 EDT

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News: 1992 - Failed attempt to destroy GPS

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May 10, 1992. Two activists broke into a facility at Rockwell International in Seal Beach California and used axes to attack a GPS satellite which was being readied for launch.

Although still in its infancy back in the early 90's, the activists, Keith Kjoller and Peter Lumsdaine, were attempting to target the US NAVSTAR GPS satellite network. They were part of a group known as "The Harriet Tubman-Sarah Connor Brigade" and wanted to protest at the use of GPS for precision warfare.

Of the nine satellites at the facility, one was almost destroyed with damage totalling more than $2 million. For their actions Kjoller and Lumsdaine received 18 months and 2 years in prison respectively after filing guilty pleas.

Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 12 @ 11:43:45 EDT

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News: Launcher takes shape for next Galileo launch

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Next month's Galileo launch is progressing to plan at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

With final testing of the satellites underway, the first two stages of the Soyuz ST-B launch vehicle plus its four stage boosters were assembled last week. The next step is the addition of the fourth stage, the Fregat, that is responsible for transporting the two satellites to their final orbit. It was this stage that is believed responsible for the failure of the last two Galileo satellites to reach their proper orbits.

The two satellites will now be transferred to the fuelling facility where they will get their tanks filled for their 12-year lifespan. Launch is scheduled for 27th March.

Source: www.as.int

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 12 @ 11:31:57 EDT

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News: Satnav error sends coach on 400-mile detour

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Coach journeys are rarely pleasant affairs, hour on hour squashed into a tiny seat, holding on for dear life and trying not to breath in the fetid air. But one group of skiers have more reason to detest them than most.

A coach taking 50 people from Belgium to the French ski resort of La Plagne in the French Alps ended up in another La Plagne altogether, the La Plagne located in the Pyrenees, a picturesque village, 400 miles to the west of the one with all the snow.

After 24 hours on the coach I can only imagine the mood of the passengers when they were told what had happened. Still, the Spanish Tapas provided courtesy of a Belgian radio station will have helped soften the blow.

Source:www.rfi.fr

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 12 @ 11:21:45 EDT

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