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News: Dramatic Fatality Reduction

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The average speed cameras on the A9 Inverness and Dunblane road in Scotland are being lauded as a success. There had been a significant downturn in accidents and fatalities on the road.

Statistics reveal that 10 fewer people, a reduction from 24 to 14, were killed compared to the three years prior to the cameras' installation in November 2014 - a reduction of almost 40%.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, April 20 @ 09:27:45 EDT

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News: Uber Using 3D Modelling to Improve Urban GPS Accuracy

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An interesting article comes courtesy of The Verge. Whilst GPS location accuracy has improved in leaps and bounds one problem still remains, the so-called urban canyon where GPS signals are often blocked by high-rise buildings and there are not enough available satellite signals to provide an accurate location due to the signal 'shadows' these buildings create.

For most of us this won't cause a huge issue, if our satnav can get us to the right street then we're happy, but for Uber this inaccuracy can be a big issue, they need both their drivers and their customers to receive accurate location information. If an Uber is parked waiting on one corner but the Uber app shows him on another then there is a risk that a ride might be cancelled if the customers struggles to locate their driver using the Uber app.

Two Uber engineers, Andrew Irish and Danny Iland, both former PhD students at UC Santa Barbara, came up with a solution for this issue and their startup business, Shadow Maps was acquired by Uber in 2016.

In essence they use 3D models of a city combined with the limited satellite signal to calculate the true position of a vehicle and then adjust the location in the app in real-time.

Source: theverge.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 20 @ 04:40:25 EDT

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News: Garmin are Shutting Down Navigon Apps - Goodbye Navigon

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Navigon have announced that their navigation apps will be removed for Android and iOS app stores from 14th May after a strategic change from their owners at Garmin. Garmin purchased Navigon back in 2011 and have, during those years, kept them as two separate brands before ceasing releasing Navigon-branded hardware a few years ago.

Any purchased apps will continue working for at least two years but any subscriptions will stop working once they expire. In-app purchases and subscriptions will stop being available after 14th May.

I, personally, have enjoyed Navigon hardware and apps over the years and have fond memories of them as a company - I remember sitting through a press release at CeBit in German with Mike B because they decided at the last minute to change it from the scheduled English...

Thanks to forum user 'GT-UK' for the tip

For more information see the Navigon Website

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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 19 @ 16:37:48 EDT

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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 30 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (16.043) congratulations are due for the following 9 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

alab, aspro, BrianHolloway, camaltby, dave1124, Fulltopuk, Ian7, OurHutch, Stuart-S


Four users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 17 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: cn1701, Coaster2, dorsetbred, gchell, Jellyroll, MaFt, morficles, Oldboy, PHILIP2908, porge, Quinny1, ron9516, RPB, snoopers5, Sparta, TuppyTrucker, waveydavey.

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, April 19 @ 16:03:13 EDT

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

Speed Cameras


Version 16.043 - 18 Apr 2018

This release sees 51 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 Apr 18.

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, April 18 @ 15:02:16 EDT

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News: Speed Cameras: Fact vs Fiction

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We see a lot of discussion about speed cameras in our forums and I also, personally, see various snippets and comments across social media about them too. However, there seems to be quite a bit of misinformation so I thought it would be interesting to do a little fact check to see how well you know speed cameras and how the law applies to you and them.

What follows are a handful of quotes I've seen online about speed cameras, speeding fines NIPs etc along with some information as to their accuracy. Have a read and let us know if you've learnt anything new or have heard any other so-called 'facts' about speed cameras.

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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 18 @ 09:58:30 EDT

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News: Man Caught Dismantling Speed Camera

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A man who tampered with a speed camera in Bendigo, south-east Australia, has been arrested.

He allegedly removed a part of the speed camera which was attached to a vehicle and placed it on its bonnet.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, April 18 @ 08:50:50 EDT

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News: Fake Camera Erected in Shropshire

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Speed cameras tend to get a bad press, but it may come as a surprise to some that a large percentage of the population support their use.

Take for instance the recent case of someone liking them so much that they went to the trouble of erecting a fake one - a yellow camera atop a yellow pole - on the A458 road through Cressage, a village in Shropshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, April 17 @ 11:05:56 EDT

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News: European Enforcement Initiative

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A week-long, Europe wide speed enforcement operation commenced yesterday.

Police forces across Europe have started a week-long speed enforcement operation where their officers will use a number of speed detection methods across all types of roads.

According to the organisers, the purpose of the operation is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, and to remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, April 17 @ 10:51:48 EDT

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News: Speed Camera Torched

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An arsonist targetted a speed camera in the Birmingham area last night. A tyre was placed over the fixed device in Wolverhampton Road, Brandhall and set alight.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, April 13 @ 05:58:59 EDT

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News: TomTom sees future in autonomous vehicles

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Despite the endless news coverage, self-driving cars are not going to be an everyday sight on our streets just yet. There’s a long way to go in developing the technology required and TomTom is investing heavily in developing the high definition maps that these vehicles will require.

As personal navigation device sales continue to decline, TomTom is looking to place itself at the core of autonomous vehicles and its background in map data gives it a head start albeit facing stiff competition from HERE and Google.

TomTom's concept is RoadDNA. This innovation provides precise lateral and longitudinal positioning using LIDAR data to efficiently determine a vehicles position

Trucks equipped with software and maps from TomTom that will automatically adjust speed when they approach a curve or hill climb are expected later this year. Initially aimed at reducing fuel consumption, the technology will form part of that required for self-driving vehicles in the future, where that will be.

Source: www.tomtom.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 13 @ 04:36:46 EDT

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News: India successfully launches navigation satellite

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The India Space Research Organisation (ISNRO) successfully launched their IRNSS-1I navigation satellite yesterday.

Launching from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh atop the PSLV-C41 launch vehicle, IRNSS-1I is the eighth satellite in the IRNSS program. This launch marked the 43rd flight of the PSLV-C41. After a flight lasting 19 mins the 1425kg satellite reached its sub-geosynchronous orbit and separated from the PSLV.

IRNSS-1I is now the latest member of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in and around the Indian mainland.

Source: www.isro.gov.in

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 13 @ 04:20:01 EDT

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Articles: 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 16 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (16.042) congratulations are due for the following 4 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

BrianHolloway, CAA_0411032203, can40swuk, no1ice


Two users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 10 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: cn1701, dalek, delboyuk1984, disco1974, JPV, PeterJD, porge, prv, technik, topref.

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, April 12 @ 11:01:06 EDT

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

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Version 16.0421 - 11 Apr 2018

This release sees 26 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 12 Apr 18.

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, April 11 @ 14:04:19 EDT

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News: Speed Tickets Issued To Parked Cars

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It has been reported that speed tickets have been issued to parked cars in New Orleans since 2011.

When a speeding car passes certain cameras, vehicles that just happen to be parked within said camera's vision, sometimes get ticketed instead.

One man, Donald Schultz, has had it happen 11 times outside his home.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, April 11 @ 06:46:45 EDT

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