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after reading the MANY posts about how crappy the Valentine One is, I decided to use this ap during my trip over the weekend from Tampa to Knoxville. For the record, I tried to also use my V1, but it showed 2 alerts from the time I started up our Denali until I turned it off in disgust a few hours later. I had turned down the volume, thinking we might be able to see additional warnings above 2. But I digress.

I have used the WAZE ap before on my iphone, but when you're driving, it's not as good, as you can't watch the screen continuously. This time, with my wife as navigator, we used it quite successfully. You just download the ap, open it up, register, and you're ready to go. I plugged in the destination, and it did the rest.

First of all, I was SHOCKED at how many other users we encountered along the way. We were going north on I 75, and I doubt we went more than a minute at a time without passing other WAZE users. Usually, there were multiple other users headed in the opposite direction. We only saw one officer of the law during the whole trip that we didn't already know was there, and we watched him pull into the median and set up to catch the next speeder. We of course posted his location, saving many other users behind us. During the trip up, I was leery of its capabilities, and watched my speed pretty closely, since the V1 wasn't working.

The trip back to Florida, however, is a different story. We left early, so there weren't many users on the road yet. By the time we hit Atlanta though, the roads were busy, and the WAZE users were everywhere. During this trip, we saw 2 separate police cars that weren't listed. Both were getting in position, and we posted them. I'm not kidding when I say that we were warned about at least 15 cops on the return home. Granted, a few times the officer wasn't there anymore, but only a few. The other times, that ap saved my bacon, as we were in a hurry to get home.

Disclosure - my parents were about 30 minutes behind us on this trip, and my dad complained that there were too many false positives. I would suggest, and did, that there were FAR fewer false positives than with any detector I've ever used.

Next time we drive to Miami (from Tampa), I'm going to have my wife use this ap, and see if I can break my record on the way down.

I highly suggest the use of this ap, if you have a navigator with you. It also has a bunch of really great other features, but you can read about them on the ap itself. It's free. Enjoy.
 

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Waze is just ok for me. I'd say they are 50% on police alerts (in my area). My complaint is that it got me pretty far out of the way on one of my vacations to (and from) OBX. Very disappointed in that aspect, and bought a $100.00 Garmin that works perfectly on the same trip.
 

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To be honest, I didn't really use it for directions that much, because I knew where I was going. I was using it for police location, and thought it was very good.

Also, we were on the way to a family function, and had 3 other carloads of people also traveling up to TN. It was cool to be able to see where they were in addition to where we were. My mom was already in TN, and she got to watch our progress all day. I know, sounds boring, but it saved me having to talk to her and tell her where we were 20 times.
 

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I use it all the time and I'd wage that when it reroutes you, it's usually spot on. As someone who has been in the transportation industry for over 18 years, I hate to admit how much l like it...
 

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I'm going to have to defer to Jim's experience here. I will admit that Waze directs me properly around my house, but north jersey and NYC are pretty well established. The obx routing was a real nightmare though.
 

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I'm going to have to defer to Jim's experience here. I will admit that Waze directs me properly around my house, but north jersey and NYC are pretty well established. The obx routing was a real nightmare though.
Are you sure? I'm finding that when I think it's routes are nuts, that my normal route had a bad back up. What I really like is that it figures out routes you like and will adjust to it if you insist on that route. It also sees little detours that savvy commuters might take to avoid tricky lights, or such. It's really fine tuning my normal driving and detour patterns...
 

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with regards to Waze, do you need to look intently at your phone, or have a co-pilot? I have no problem glancing at my phone while driving, but if I need to concentrate on my phone, it will be a problem.
 

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I don't have the need to look at my phone while driving using Waze, which I am quite high on. Elvis shouts out the warnings, "Police Ahead, baby" and that is all I need.Whether a false or not, it is generally reliable.
 

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Are you sure? I'm finding that when I think it's routes are nuts, that my normal route had a bad back up. What I really like is that it figures out routes you like and will adjust to it if you insist on that route. It also sees little detours that savvy commuters might take to avoid tricky lights, or such. It's really fine tuning my normal driving and detour patterns...
I'm sure Waze has never failed me at home, but the OBX trip was bad. I followed Waze all the way (because I had no map or navigation to help me), and it did eventually get me there (and home). However, it took an addition hour to get there, and 2.5 additional hours to get home. The weird part was that it routed me different ways in each direction. Through really far, out of the way rural (and bad neighborhood) areas. It was just weird. Maybe, the roads from North Carolina to the Outer Banks are not well mapped? My Garmin works great though, so I don't know.
 

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I was really posting to rave about finding the cops. I've found that almost all GPS solutions are sketchy at some point. Garmin, the GPS in my Vette, the V, Escalade, Denali, iphone, have had issues with all of them at one time or another.
 

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I just downloaded the WAZE app. Do you have to be on a route to have it tell you where the radar cops are?
Is there a setting that has to be activated?
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Just thinking out loud, but if you had one of those double DIN or flip up screens on the dash, could you not feed the phone screen to it? With Blutooth or cable perhaps?
 

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I just downloaded the WAZE app. Do you have to be on a route to have it tell you where the radar cops are?
Is there a setting that has to be activated?
Thanks,
Tom
As you drive along your desired route Waze will warn you about cops being in the area...as long as they have been reported by other Wazers. I don't know of a way to "ask" Waze where cops are, say, 20 miles outside of the city limits on the Interstate, for example.
 

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I've been using Waze on extended road trips and intercity driving mostly for police radars. Many truckers use it so it's usually really good on the interstates. Not so good in rural areas with few vehicles driving on the roads.

It shines the best in a busy city with thousands of drivers.
 

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Tons of users in MA. Although, on my really early mornings, I may be on my own. But...I know where the State Police camp out for pretty much every stretch of highway so I'm good...
 

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I just downloaded it the other day for traffic info about a freeway stoppage. The local radio stationshad nothing about the accident, but local wazers tagged it. Will have to play with it more, but it at least worked for that.
 

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I been using waze for 2 years never let me down I always report things have around 50,000 points. Cops hate it they want to shut it down but technology is too advanced
 

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I have a novel idea. Instead of watching phones, apps, and radar detectors, why not watch the roads, the road signs, and other drivers while systematically scanning the surrounding area for LEOs? We can name this activity "attentive driving".

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Good luck using that app driving through my town. Due to all of the construction on the main drag and people trying to bypass it my towns police put up barricades blocking through traffic while constantly changing the locations supposedly 2 times a day due to people using WAZE.
And they are using any excuse to write tickets to any one that is not local just to slow it down.
The NJ state police are also participating
 
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