I tried the new Speed Trap Database on the Wash,DC to NY area trip this weekend (I-95, NJ Turnpike, I-195 & GSP) on my 9500ix.
Let me first say that, in my opinion, it's a great concept in need of some additional refinement. I have driven this route nearly once a week for 3 years straight and manually recorded the location of speed traps (by mile marker) prior to getting a 9500ix. So, I have a pretty good working knowledge of where the traps are routinely set-up.
This weekend's result were as follows:
1. I got only two speed trap warnings on the entire trip, both in locations where I never had seen or recorded a speed trap (and there were none located on this trip either),
2. I got no alert in 5 locations where there is virtually always is a speed trap (including on this trip).
My suggestion would be that:
1. Escort could provide for users to upload their User Marked Locations of Speed Traps, so that the Database Provider can collect the User Marks and sort out the most frequently marked trap areas for verification and incorporation in the downloadable database. I'm not sure how the locations are selected now, but I'd like to know. Perhaps those users who allow upload of their marks could be given a month or two of additional database service annually for their input into the database.
2. Escort could provide for a male voice warning on User Marked locations (including traps & cameras) vs the female voice on database provided warnings, so that the user will konw whether the location is being provided by the database itself, or is something the user input him/herself.
These are just my thoughts and what I hope is some constructive user feedback, to continue to push the limits on a great product.