• Feb 19, 2010
Trapster 4.0 for iPhone – Click above for image gallery

Some of you might be devout Traspter users already, if so, you're likely aware that the 4.0 release of the popular speed trap and red-light camera app hit iPhones last month with a host of tweaks. Major updates for both Android and WebOS are in the works, and we suspect that the Windows Series 7 Phones will get some Trapster love when it's released this holiday season.

Included in the iPhone update were three new features – Caravan, Road Hazards and Patrol – which expand the usability and increase the accuracy of the data. Caravan brings Trapster users together by allowing other drivers running the app to be seen on the map and if you're "friends" with the user, you can see their location displayed in real-time, send them messages via audio, text or pictures and provide them with turn-by-turn directions.

The Patrol feature makes life on the street slightly safer by displaying a blue line across the road, which glows brighter when the road has been frequented by other Trapster users and degrades over time if no one has reported speed traps recently. The Road Hazard functionality expands the database beyond traditional traps and red light cameras to include 12 new types of reports, allowing drivers to let other users know about potentially dangerous situations ahead.

We've taken 4.0 out for a brief spin and can happily report that all the new features work as advertised, although the interface is beginning to grow cluttered with Trapster's recent software expansion. For Android users, this might be less of an issue in the future, as Trapster is considering offering some of these new features as separate apps, taking advantage of the platform's background notifications and its ability to run simultaneous apps. In the meantime, you can get the latest version of Trapster from the Apple App Store (iTunes link) and follow the site's blog for updates.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      No mention of the Blackberry version?? Trapster on my Storm2 has saved me from at least a few tickets already...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an iPhone, and I wonder how good this app is? The reviews on the iPhone seem to be written by a public relation person of the app (meaning the app is Fatastic!! The best app out there Hands Down!!)

      Or they are they are poor to mediocre reviews, which I think are written by real people who are not paid by Trapster.

      So, what's the truth?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think its a great app. I use it all the time. The push notifications are nice. On an older iPhone, it can be a little slow, but 4.0 did offer some speed improvements. Its already saved my butt once.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, by the way, what's the best radar detector out there? Is it still Valentine One? I hear the main complaint is that it gives off a lot of false positives. That is better than false negatives, but you might ignore real threats or you might end up driving slower anyways due to all the noise, which defeats the purpose of having a radar detector in the first place.



      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just amazed at these "Moise Free America" people. I'm skimming through their site, jaw agape. It's a whole organization dedicated to the "get those damn kids off my lawn" types. Their solution to all life's problems is "shhhhh, be quiet", and they want whole new big government initiatives formed to enforce it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        DOH! I hate when I comment on the wrong article....
      • 4 Years Ago
      zamafir forgot to take his anti-depression meds this morning. Don't mind him. I think this is great! With each update, more innovative features are included. Just when I thought the program has reached his ceiling, they break through it. My only issue is that the Palm Pre version has yet to be updated to how awesome the iPhone version is. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      And, banned/illegalized in your state in 3... 2... 1...

      I thought some states ban such stuff or make them illegal to use-- radar detectors and non-reflective coatings/covers for license plates?

      California being one such place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Radar detectors are legal for non-commercial drivers in every state except Virginia; they're nothing more than a fancy antenna.

        I've yet to find a radar detector that I like better than my Valentine One. Trapster isn't a substitute for a good radar detector, but it is a fantastic supplement to one. I've been using Trapster on my iPhone since it was first available, and this latest release has been a nice update.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh.