TomTom Speed Cameras - Country Coverage and Verdict

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Of course, the most difficult cameras to avoid are the brand new ones and the mobile ones which regularly change position. To guard against these, TomTom’s community reporting function comes into play. This allows you to press a single button to send a message that there is a new camera at the current location. You can swipe left and right to choose between reporting a new fixed or a new mobile camera.

TomTom Speed Cameras

If you are notified of a camera which no longer exists at that location,

you can report that, too. The reporting button changes from an addition

to a subtraction when a location warning is in progress, so clicking it

will have the opposite effect. Your reports are uploaded to TomTom’s

servers, and the latest data is downloaded.

TomTom Speed Cameras

It’s

worth noting that although you can obtain safety camera databases for a

number of European countries for use with TomTom Speed Cameras, there

are some notable exceptions. Switzerland and Liechenstein have outlawed

this information for some years now, and in February 2012 France did

too, although sat-nav software is allowed to warn of “danger zones”

where cameras might be, offering a randomised hypothetical location. In

the UK, though, there’s no controversy, and services such as Speed

Cameras provides are considered an additional safety provision.

Verdict

Since

its release, TomTom’s Speed Cameras hasn’t garnered the best user

reviews on the iTunes store. But we didn’t find any omissions in its

listing during our testing around London and the Home Counties. The

issues mostly revolve around how quickly new mobile camera locations are

added to the database. With a system that relies heavily on user

reporting like this, you need user participation to make the service a

real success, and it’s early days for Speed Cameras. There are also free

alternatives that have a decent reputation, such as CamerAlert from

PocketGPSWorld.com. TomTom Speed Cameras has a great interface, and is

well worth the £1.49 trial. But we’d recommend trying the other options

too before purchasing the annual subscription.

Score in detail

  • Value 7
  • Features 7
  • Design 10
  • Usability 9
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