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tulloch
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, only the camera present information would be really useful. A quick search reveals at least two other apps that claim to do this, one free and one that charges less. That might suggest that it is not very difficult or expensive to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tulloch wrote:
A quick search reveals at least two other apps that claim to do this, one free and one that charges less.
But how does the accuracy of their data stack up compared with ours???
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally know of only one other which claims to do this - TomTom. I have their Live Services and was once notified of a live camera on the M4 - they kept it live for several days.

Which suggests it's easy (and cheap) to talk about, but not easy to accomplish!

Maybe you'd like to send me tenner and your mobile phone number and I'll text you with live mobiles for a year. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of the two I found Road Pilot looked to be the best one. How reliable the real time reporting is I couldn't say. No such system reliant on "the crowd" will ever be perfect.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better to be advised on where they might be rather than an unreliable 'they are there now' Very Happy
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tulloch
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having thought about it there is no great advantage in knowing if one is live. You ought to treat all possible locations in the same way, they are generally out of sight until it is too late anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or, as I said 5 years ago, not entirely with tongue in cheek,

"If we can't predict where the mobiles could be, they could be anywhere! So we should all drive below the speed limit, at all times, just in case. And then, there's no need for the rest of the camera database. And for those who say they drive below the limit but use the camera database to warn them of potential accident blackspots - let me tell you, these days, everywhere's a potential accident blackspot."
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tulloch wrote:
Of the two I found ......
If the other one is Waze, I find it quite accurate. You can get lots of silly notifications as well though, such as "Twig On The Road" or other such silliness as people try to rack up their score. You just need to filter the Wheat from the Chaff.

CamerAlert in the background and Waze in the fore works best for me.
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