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Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

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    Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    image The newest app in the Apple iStore just may save you some cash. Njection Mobile (NMobile) allows users to find and report current and historical locations along the roads where our friendly law enforcement officers tend to hang out before stopping us for our autographs. NMobile uses Microsoft Virtual Earth to map out where these speed traps are, specifically with regards to your position. The application ties into the every-so-useful GPS on the iPhone to locate position, then queries other user-reported speed trap locations around the map. The locations can be submitted via the iPhone or their web-based application creating the ultimate speed trap repository available to you when you need it most Ė while youíre driving. Just donít let them know youíre using your phone while driving Ė in Washington, thatís another ticket! Download NMobile directly from the iStore now.

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    Check out the feature list:

    • Speech notification of Speed Traps based on current moving direction, speed of the driver, and distance to closest point
    • Microsoft Virtual Earth display of Speed Traps (sweetness)
    • Live Updates of speed traps updated from the website or other iPhone users
    • Support for Landscape and Portrait mode
    • Speed Trap Ranking based on level of enforcement and time of day area is monitored
    • 3G and 2.5G Compatible
    • Submit Speed traps from the iPhone or on the website
    • Rate Speed traps from the iPhone or on the website

    A bit from the press release: Portland, Oregon - Njection LLC is delighted to introduce Njection Mobile (NMobile), their worldwide speed trap notification system for iPhone 3G. Designed specifically to take advantage of the 3G's unique abilities and interface, NMobile was built for drivers so they can be notified to the location of speed traps, red light cameras, and speed detection devices.

    Drivers may be alerted audibly to approaching speed traps based on several different criteria. The application uses Active Intelligence Selection System to alert users to the most relevant speed trap, based on speed, direction of travel, and current time. Users can submit and verify speed traps directly from the iPhone as well.

    Money. And, theyíre using the Virtual Earth Web Service Imagery Service for getting tiles! This is officially the first customer using the newly introduced methods via the Virtual Earth Web Service to get tiles. How did they write their Objective-C Virtual Earth Wrappers, reconstruct the Virtual Earth tiles into a fluid AJAXish experience and parse SOAP XML packets when iPhone doesnít natively support SOAP? Stay tuned for another post on that Ė itís a doozie, so donít miss it. Download NMobile now!

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    Re: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    Speed kills. A Microsoft blog is promoting a program that subverts traffic law enforcement? Looks like a Microsoft lawyer hasn't seen it yet...
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    Of course it is for the iPhone, so perhaps it is a cunning way to kill and mame the competition's customers? (joke)
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    Re: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    Well, it's not really an MS app, right? It's a third-party using MS technology.. iPhone - Available Now Just as MS is not responsible for what the financial wizards at Enron cooked up with Excel.

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    Re: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    They are actually very different.

    Enron used a legal product illegally. (like a video pirate using a VCR)

    The third party product which is being highlighted (and hence promoted) in the blog only exists to thwart traffic laws.


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    Re: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    It's not Microsoft's product... Virtual Earth, which Njection is using, is Microsoft's product. I don't think Microsoft is liable for what people do with Virtual Earth, just as they are not liable for what people do with Excel. I won't comment on the prudence of Chris's post, but it's still not their product (which is not illegal anyway). And Virtual Earth does not exist only to thwart traffic laws. I guess I do see a parallel, although I'd like to find an example of someone selling an Excel workbook to help cheat on taxes.

    One difference though is that Virtual Earth is a service as opposed to a software product. Can you envision a scenario where MS would block or shut down a third-party app using VE that is clearly illegal?

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    It isn't the third party use that I'm complaining about per se - it is the prominent mention in a Microsoft blog that seems a bit strange.

    To use the Enron comparison, it would be like a Microsoft Blog proudly exhibiting the use of Excel to cheat on taxes.


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    Can you envision a scenario where MS would block or shut down a third-party app using VE that is clearly illegal?
    Maybe I have a dirty mind, but what if there was a site using VE maps trying to match up street prostitutes or drug dealers with clients in real time. Would MS block them from using VE?

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