Copdrop

Crowdsourced police radar detections & navigation πŸš“πŸ—Ί

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Copdrop links to police radar detectors using the iPhone microphone to show speed trap locations to the public for free. It has turn-by-turn navigation that is voice-guided and traffic-aware. Copdrop currently supports 27 radar detector models.

In 9 days, we've welcomed 6,000 users and are now Top 25 in the Navigation category!

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Hi Makers πŸ‘‹ I’m ecstatic to share my new app with you! I graduated college 3 months ago terrified of joining the corporate climb. Holstering a mechanical engineering degree, I began to grind 12-15 hours every day for the last 84 days to learn Swift and ship Copdrop. Unjustly arrested two years ago, I am passionate about our personal rights, headstrong, and highly averse to law enforcement. To learn Swift without experience, I watched YouTube videos, lurked StackOverflow, and just kept trying. It was difficult at times to not succomb to the overwhelming fear of failure when I was navigating away from a perfectly good degree and a mainstream engineering career. Many times I’d be lying there after programming all night – brain reeling and morning light blasting into the room – wondering if it would all work out like I imagined. Thankfully, Copdrop was accepted to the App Store on Thursday, March 29th. Since then, we have gained 6,000 new users while climbing to Top 25 in the Navigation category! I am very excited as this has been my first venture as a bootstrapped solopreneur. On the development front, I have immediate plans to add more radar detectors and implement custom user map icons (alligators, frogs, beach balls, and more) that will be unlocked with Copdrop points. Otherwise, I plan to spend the next three weeks reaching out within the industry and promoting this new tool. I’d love your feedback in any capacity and want to extend my deepest thanks for checking out Copdrop! Logan Greer πŸ‘
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@logan_greer1 I admire the hustle 😎
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Definitely going to be watching this project. The interesting ideology behind the idea would love to learn more. Have been using in NC where I met the development team at a local car event.

Question for Developer:

What made you start this project?

Pros:

Great app for large cities where lots of drivers use navigation apps.

Has been great in police traps throughout my midsize in NC.

Cons:

Satellite and Terrain maps needed

Leader boards would be great!

Still needs more data to work outside major cities

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Very cool Logan! Can you explain how this is different from what Waze curently does with police warnings?
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@daviswbaer Thanks! Copdrop tries to be as hands-free and automatic as possible. Waze road data is supplied by manual input, while the radar detections in Copdrop are both reported and discovered by other users automatically & hands-free (push alerts in radar zones). We hope to eliminate screen-time while driving to improve safety, and our future updates will be centered around that. My favorite difference from Waze is our "active" radar traps. I drive with a radar detector and a lot of police are simply commuting or just not interested in pulling you over at that moment. Because of this, not all police are actively shooting radar. I hoped to reduce the simple cop "sightings" aspect and focus on traffic cops who are actively tracking driver speed. We also have road event pins, but the main focus is on the "red circles" which denote a police radar zone.
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@logan_greer1 Awesome explanation. Thanks!
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Hi, well this is always useful 😎 But how is it different from Waze's feature?
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@matthieudeluze Thanks for the comment :) I answered in detail to Davis, but to summarize: Copdrop aims to be hands-free & automatic so that no user input is required. Currently, the radar detection process as well as the system for alerting you to nearby radar is hands-free. We focused on legitimate police radar instead of the simple and coarse "cop sightings" of Waze. Not every police officer you see is a traffic cop, so we wanted to associate "red circles" on the map with active speed traps where police are using radar to give out a ticket at that moment. Admittedly, Waze has speed limit data which is very useful. Copdrop has a speedometer, but adding the current road's speed limit is a huge item on my checklist.
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@logan_greer1 this is cool. Can you interface with Escort Live? https://www.escortradar.com/esco...
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@anthonyadams Thanks! Escort Live, V1 Driver, and other radar detector apps either require a detector, cost money ($40-$60 yearly), or both. My goal was to remove barriers to entry so that we could grow to a large user base. The other apps use Bluetooth to interact with the radar detector which may require buying a dongle ($100) or a special detector. As far as I know, Copdrop is the only app that uses the microphone to link to detectors which allows us to support 27+ detectors and all major brands. So a major distinction would be the cross-platform detector support. I'm not sure if we could interface with them due to the differences, but I respect them as a main competitor! :)
@logan_greer1 Many thanks for your detailed answer. Now I see the added value for safety in it. Congrats I'll give it a try for sure πŸ˜‰
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I'm excited to see newcomers to the navigation game, specifically in the form of crowdsourced police radar detections. I can't wait to see the cultural impact Copdrop brings as they continue to develop + grow!

Pros:

Easy-to-use, improves driving experience, and could challenge industry titans

Cons:

Only on iOS at the moment

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