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Is there any way to get the factory GPS unit to tell me when I am approaching an intersection that is covered by "photo enforcement". My Tom Tom keeps up with all of them and lets you know. Not that I'm out there randomly breaking traffic enforcement laws, but I am concerned for others who might be....that's just the kind of guy I am. All the books and crap that I got with the new truck don't seem to cover the unit. Also it appears that I have to pay $500 to buy something which will allow me to update the maps? I am technically challenged but am about to turn off the factory screen and stick my Tom Tom to it. I have already found that the factory unit's directions are not always the most direct route but it will get you there eventually. Love the rest of the truck but this thing is beginning to really aggravate my ass.
 

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Oh, and now that I've aggravated myself don't even get me started on the fact that I pay good taxes for Police services and the benefits, retirement packages, cars, etc. etc. when all we really need is a few $20 cameras around town to catch "criminals".
 

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Cost of installing a redlight camera is about $80,000. Cities only do that to make money. Catching criminals doesn't pay, as a general rule. Means they have to pay to jail and prosecute them. Traffic cameras are easy cash.
 

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I really just have the Waze app on my phone and have it set up on the dash, plays out through the bluetooth and it's pretty accurate.One time I've even had it tell me there was a random truck parked up on the side of the road ahead
 

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I really just have the Waze app on my phone and have it set up on the dash, plays out through the bluetooth and it's pretty accurate.One time I've even had it tell me there was a random truck parked up on the side of the road ahead
My wife uses that. It's based on Google Maps, plus use input. So people are entering stuff into it as they see it. She'll slow down all of a sudden and tell me there's a cop car up ahead. She has her bluetooth earpiece, I don't hear the warnings. One time she slowed down and was watching the road real carefully for several miles. I finally asked why, and she told me someone posted "pothole" in Waze. (never did see the pothole)

I'm not sure whether to appreciate the app or not. I don't like that other drivers are putting things into it while they're driving. I realize some of that is voice input, but I can't believe no one texts it in or uses on-screen app menus. Also, if you have friends using it, you can see where they are at any given time. You may or may not want that. Maybe I just want slightly more privacy than most people.
 

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My wife uses that. It's based on Google Maps, plus use input. So people are entering stuff into it as they see it. She'll slow down all of a sudden and tell me there's a cop car up ahead. She has her bluetooth earpiece, I don't hear the warnings. One time she slowed down and was watching the road real carefully for several miles. I finally asked why, and she told me someone posted "pothole" in Waze. (never did see the pothole)

I'm not sure whether to appreciate the app or not. I don't like that other drivers are putting things into it while they're driving. I realize some of that is voice input, but I can't believe no one texts it in or uses on-screen app menus. Also, if you have friends using it, you can see where they are at any given time. You may or may not want that. Maybe I just want slightly more privacy than most people.
That's very true, it does leave a lot of open doors for people to literally put anything. I can definitely say I've had experiences much like your wife where I've slowed down looking for something that essentially wasn't even there.

As for the friends seeing you thing, there should be a privacy setting that allows you to change that. That's really creepy
 

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Not sure if Garmin has an option to show you where the cops are and since Uconnect is based off it, I assume the system won't have that function either.
 

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No, the GPS's don't show cops. Waze is actually a front-end app on top of Google Maps. It uses Google's mapping and gps stuff, but also a geo-database for people to load notes into it. It's bad enough for drivers to be menu/button pushing on a cell phone in their hands. Can you imagine if Uconnect had it, so you'd have to reach to the dash, on top of already being distracted, to enter all kinds of junk?

Here's a link to the Waze app page. Gives you an idea of how it looks/works.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze&hl=en

Btw, my daughter used Waze on a recent trip from Chicago to Savannah, GA and back. We all share a 10GB data plan. She used 6GB running Google maps for that time. Didn't do much of anything else on her phone. Maps uses a lot of data as it's constantly having to update. Waze does the same. I bring that up because it's a significant difference from GPS systems where the maps are pre-loaded, like TomToms and Garmins. Just food for thought.
 

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No, the GPS's don't show cops. Waze is actually a front-end app on top of Google Maps. It uses Google's mapping and gps stuff, but also a geo-database for people to load notes into it. It's bad enough for drivers to be menu/button pushing on a cell phone in their hands. Can you imagine if Uconnect had it, so you'd have to reach to the dash, on top of already being distracted, to enter all kinds of junk?

Here's a link to the Waze app page. Gives you an idea of how it looks/works.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze&hl=en

Btw, my daughter used Waze on a recent trip from Chicago to Savannah, GA and back. We all share a 10GB data plan. She used 6GB running Google maps for that time. Didn't do much of anything else on her phone. Maps uses a lot of data as it's constantly having to update. Waze does the same. I bring that up because it's a significant difference from GPS systems where the maps are pre-loaded, like TomToms and Garmins. Just food for thought.
Holy cow I never realized it used that much data... that would actually explain quite a bit as to why my phone bill had been acting up during those periods of times when I used it frequently :|
 

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Unlimited data plans my friend, unlimited data plans. I'd be stranded or stuck in heavy traffic all the time if not for the constantly updating Google map. I have a normal GPS (not Garmin) too but it hasn't been updated in a while but it should still verbally notify me when a red light camera is coming up.

For Garmin owners, and maybe an insight into the Rebel system. The Garmin GPS doesn't come with red light camera warning unless you subscribe to them: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/shop-by-accessories/digital-downloads/safety-cameras/cyclops-safety-cameras-u-s-and-canada/prod69781.html

Maybe you can ask them if it'll work on the Rebel.

Thanks for the Waze tip everyone. I'll download it and give it a try.
 

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Verizon's no longer listing unlimited data plans. AT&T is offering unlimited right now only if you have cell service and DirectTV from them. And then they warn you it will be throttled after 22GB.
 

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Unfortunately down where I am, I think only WIND mobile offers unlimited date. *After 6GB usage, it becomes ridiculously slow. Pretty much stuck with the maximum 6gb from Fido unfortunately.
 

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Guess I'm pretty lucky that I held onto the Unlimited Data plan from Verizon when I did and got grandfathered in. Yeah they raised my rates by $20.00 in Nov., but still at $40.00 a month for unlimited is still a good deal all things considered.
 

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never got a photo enforcement ticket.
my radar picks up the speed / photo enforcement and my usual safe driving protects me against the red light cameras.
 

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Yeah, it's tough to get out of all tickets. Was riding with a friend once in his truck, and he was flying down the road, country road in TX. Came over a low bridge and there was a cop parked in a low spot on the other side. The cop asked him why he was driving so fast. He busted up laughing, and told the cop "Because I didn't know you were there!" Got the cop laughing, too, and the cop let him go without even a warning.
@TheGreatRam - That's a nice mockup. It's impossible to get a photo of the real thing, or I'd share it. :)
 
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