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Haven't used a radar detector in years but I have to tell you the Waze App is almost just like one. Anyone else use Waze? Tells you where Police are, construction traffic, you can message other Waze users to find out about stuff/traffic in front of you. Its all I use now for navigation. If you haven't tried it - do. I think you'll like it.
 

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Yes, Waze is a fantasitc navigation app - just because of the alert system it has. While not foolproof (I mean *someone* has to be the first one to see the cop, so there is always a chance that first person could be you!), the "cop alert" feature really is pretty damn reliable. When I drive the PA turnpike from ~Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, it's amazing how accurate it is.

I do wish there was a way to view a route in "Itinerary" mode (to see all upcoming turns and turn distances), it is still my "go to" nav app now (via Android Auto - so it shows up on my 8.4" Uconnect screen).
 

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It's hard to beat a Valentine One.
At least I find it most helpful to know if the signal is coming from ahead or behind.
 

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It's hard to beat a Valentine One.
At least I find it most helpful to know if the signal is coming from ahead or behind.
So you really like the Valentine 1?? I have shopped around but still haven't brought myself to buying one yet. Between that and an Escort or Passport - is it worth it??
 

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Yes, Waze is a fantasitc navigation app - just because of the alert system it has. While not foolproof (I mean *someone* has to be the first one to see the cop, so there is always a chance that first person could be you!), the "cop alert" feature really is pretty damn reliable. When I drive the PA turnpike from ~Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, it's amazing how accurate it is.

I do wish there was a way to view a route in "Itinerary" mode (to see all upcoming turns and turn distances), it is still my "go to" nav app now (via Android Auto - so it shows up on my 8.4" Uconnect screen).
Are you sure the app doesn't do that?? If I understand you correctly I think it does. If you hit the top where it tells you what turn to take next - it will show you the entire route the way you mentioned.
 

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Yeah I use waze. Radar detectors are illegal in the Peoples Commonwealth of Virginia. I still have the first radar detector I ever bought in 1983, Cobra, little square box I put on the sun visor. Every automatic door opener at a Kmart set it off :grin2:

Waze reroute and early warning that traffic is backing up in front of you is SLOW, and you get stuck just past the exit ! But other than that waze is great, its kinda funny too.
I will go a different way just to throw it off, 'recalculating' .

I run through 'candy' once on waze in Richmond Virginia. Havn't seen anymore or know what to do with it. Wifee is getting good at reporting cops in the weeds quick in speed traps, like on I-77 in Hillsville VA. Northbound they always have someone . If they could lower the speedlimit there on 77, they would ! Its a trap you drift downhill and curve to the right, they wait in the medium in the weeds. Like a spider. I digress.
yeah I like waze ,its good on that big-a$$ screen in the challenger . Fun to use
Have a good one
 
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Are you sure the app doesn't do that?? If I understand you correctly I think it does. If you hit the top where it tells you what turn to take next - it will show you the entire route the way you mentioned.
Well, I shouldn't say that the app doesn't do it - but I'm pretty sure the Android Auto version of the app doesn't do it. Android Auto "dumbs down" a lot of apps and removes a lot of functionality in the name of "safety"...

Unless they recently added that functionality to the Android Auto version.

Do you use it via Android Auto or just directly on your phone screen?
 

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With my previous cars a V1 was in one car, the one I used for longer road trips, all the time. Around town, for my work commute I didn't use a radar detector. I had a NAV unit (portable) in each car but I only really used navigation when I had to be someplace that was unfamiliar to me which was seldom.

In spite of all the raves about Waze I can't get my head around the fact it is a cell phone application and requires people interact with their cell phones while driving.

Thus to avoid a ticket one risks an accident due to distracted driving.

The V1 requires no real interaction. Just a quick glance at its display when it picks up radar (or laser) energy and provides an alert letting my know the band, the direction, strength, number of sources.

Have the opportunity to observe CHP traffic law enforcement officers on the job on the section of I-580 I travel to/from work. The times I have had a chance to park and observe the process from a distance, invariably after the citation is issued the officer drives an exit or two down the freeway then turns around and sets up shop on the freeway on the other direction and a mile or two *before* where he was previously. Drivers relying upon Waze can't know this until Waze gets updated. My V1 knows instantly.
 

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Well, I shouldn't say that the app doesn't do it - but I'm pretty sure the Android Auto version of the app doesn't do it. Android Auto "dumbs down" a lot of apps and removes a lot of functionality in the name of "safety"...

Unless they recently added that functionality to the Android Auto version.

Do you use it via Android Auto or just directly on your phone screen?
I use it directly on my phone screen.
 

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I use Waze just for police detection on my daily commute. I'm looking forward to hooking it up with Android Auto but I'm on the fence about adding a radar detector as well. If I do get one, I've narrowed it to the V1 and the Escort Max 360. The later is pricier but can acquire updates without mailing in the device. In the past (more than 10 yrs ago), I just got annoyed with the false positives and turned it off but I'm wondering if tech has improved enough for me to reconsider.
 

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So you really like the Valentine 1?? I have shopped around but still haven't brought myself to buying one yet. Between that and an Escort or Passport - is it worth it??
Yes, I really, really like the Valentine One. It's one thing to know that there's radar nearby, but knowing where the signal is coming from can make all the difference.
It is very rare that when getting a signal from behind that I don't "get away" - I speed up even more, and the cop usually nails someone else before catching up to me.

In my case, the Valentine Ones I have bought have much more than paid for themselves. With the sparse traffic around here, something like Waze would be completely useless, even if I wanted to stare at a phone instead of keeping my eyes on the road.

In the past (more than 10 yrs ago), I just got annoyed with the false positives and turned it off but I'm wondering if tech has improved enough for me to reconsider.
Yes, the latest version of Valentine One is much better at sorting out the false alarms. I recently had one "upgraded" after noticing how much better the new one was. In reality, you send in your old one and get a new one at a reduced price.
Well worth it.
 

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The higher end modern radar detectors filter out blind spot sensors, automatic doors, etc. the GPS enabled units even log the location of the alert and automatically suppress future warnings for false alarms. I would always prefer a quality detector over a phone app. There have been some valid points brought up already as to why.
 

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Forgot to mention another good thing with the Valentine One; it tells how many signals it's receiving.

That has saved me when going by stationary sources, such as the "This is your speed" signs.
One of those will set off the detector, but if it shows two incoming signals there's more to it than just the sign.

I've seen someone, presumably with a lesser detector, speed up after seeing such a sign...only to get pulled over by the cop that was cleverly hidden just down the road.
 

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I use an Escort Passport Max and I run Waze while driving.
I have been in populated areas where Waze is useless, and I've had it save me where the detector fell short.
 

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Have 2 valetines bought a uniden 3 like the uniden better.
Never tried a newer Uniden, so I can't speak for that one.
I'm very used to my three Valentine Ones and see no reason to change. Yet, anyway.
 

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I had the opportunity to use Waze for the first time ever when I took a trip to Atlanta last year. It is definitely an impressive tool for LEO warnings, but one drawback I did encounter and for which I don't see much of a way to get around is the late night accuracy.

Given that I had to drive over 20 hours total, and I did each way in one shot (no stopping half way to spend the night), I spent a considerable amount of time driving at night...and a not-insignificant amount of time driving during the late, late night. The Waze app's accuracy during those late, late night hours was horrendous.

That is no doubt because there were fewer drivers using Waze that could (and would) report the presence of a LEO along the road, not to mention the fact that it's dark and they may not have been able to see them if they were hiding really well.

Nevertheless, I had a radar detector, and there were many times late at night that the fuzz buster would alert to the presence of a LEO but the Waze app had nothing showing.
 
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if the cops were smart, they'd use Waze to report "cop sightings" themselves. People would slow down thinking there were cops even if there weren't. What are you going to do, ignore them because you rarely actually see a cop where it's reported? >:)

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