Here's an idea I've had rattling around for quite a while.... Don't see myself having the $$$ anytime soon to fund such a development, esp having no real software scripting abilities myself.... But anyhow I think this is a great concept and wanted to share and see if any hacker/coder types are up to the challenge. You could probably turn this into a pretty profitable operation:
Target Audience= Anyone having a GPS-capable (real GPS, like those requiring a separate bluetooth-connected GPS receiver), and a high-speed (EDGE/UMTS or 1X-RTT/EVDO) digital data-capable mobile phone.
Initial Application= Windows Mobile OS, followed by Palm, Symbian, Apple, etc.
Concept= Similar to those "traffic light camera" or "speed camera" mirrors that use GPS to tell you when you're nearing a known traffic camera or speed camera, this concept goes 1 step farther. Using and integrating with a freely/publicly available mapping database such as "Google Maps Mobile" or Microsoft's "Live Search", create software that links to one of the aforementioned databases via a digital cellular data connection. Using a bluetooth GPS receiver (or GPS built into your phone if you have a newer phone with true GPS installed), this new software will work very similar to a simple Navigation system but with one extremely important difference... (Note, I believe both services already have the ability to update/map your position real-time using a GPS reference and cellular data connection for access to the map database and traffic information! Anyhow, now onto that difference that makes this such a cool idea!....)
This software would then log into an internet-hosted database created as part of a free (advertiser-subsidized) or fee-based (monthly subscription) service. The software does two KEY things!
1) Provide a "hot key" (or on-screen "ALERT!!" button for touch-screen devices), where this key or soft button is intended to allow the end user to depress the button whenever/wherever the user spots or passes by (or is caught by) a speed trap. When the button is depressed, the software collects exact GPS coordinate information, and sends that information back up to the internet-hosted server!
2) The software, when connected to the online server/host, receives database information containing all known speed trap alerts and their coordinates within a 5 or 10 mile (8.04 or 16.1 Km ) radius surrounding the user's most recent GPS coordinates. Using this (real-time updated) database of speed traps (which could also contain traffic accident or road construction alerts), the software will notify the user when they are approaching the coordinates of any known speed traps, even ones that were just identified moments earlier by someone on the road just ahead of the user!!!
By integrating the above software into a free/online-hosted mapping service, icons could even be placed on the map as it is updated real time!
Additionally, given a hosted database of speed limit information, the software could even offer the ability to tell the user what the POSTED SPEED LIMIT is when an alert is sounded to "slow down"!....
With a service like this, the more people it is available to, the more effective it is. Hence, it is likely to perform better as a subsidized/free service that is paid for by advertisers. (Example, Google could offer advertisers the ability to send a coupon out to a potential customer that is passing near a business they might be interested in, where an on screen icon could start flashing and automatically pop up when a user is stopped at a traffic light (GPS is stationary). The user could then view details (or possibly "hear" details) of the offer, and decide to go there (a "click through") or pass on the offer ("no sale"). Users could also be given the option to pay a nominal monthly fee to eliminate advertisementsfrom popping up, etc.)
Anyhow, I know this is a great idea but for now its just a pipe dream!
Anyone willing to take a stab at some beta software to perform some of the above??