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Postby vinval1 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:59 pm

When there is a notification for police ahead it asks if he is there. The notification disapears at 0 feet. How am I supposed to respond that he is not there if it disappears at the instant I would see him?
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Re: are police there?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:10 pm

vinval1 wrote:When there is a notification for police ahead it asks if he is there. The notification disapears at 0 feet. How am I supposed to respond that he is not there if it disappears at the instant I would see him?

Post your hardware/OS info. I've never personally seen this happen. I see the hazard/police notification near .6 miles or so I think.
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Re: are police there?

Postby aigarslv » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:12 pm

I think that police/hazard questions do need a bit longer delay.
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Re: are police there?

Postby Spil » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:12 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
vinval1 wrote:When there is a notification for police ahead it asks if he is there. The notification disapears at 0 feet. How am I supposed to respond that he is not there if it disappears at the instant I would see him?

Post your hardware/OS info. I've never personally seen this happen. I see the hazard/police notification near .6 miles or so I think.

Actually, this happens all the time. Yes, the notification shows up around .6 miles, but it disappears the instant you reach the zero mark; thus, the OP's complaint that "not there" can't be selected once you know for sure whether or not the police are actually there.
aigarslv wrote:I think that police/hazard questions do need a bit longer delay.
I agree.
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Re: are police there?

Postby CBenson » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:33 pm

Spil wrote:
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
vinval1 wrote:When there is a notification for police ahead it asks if he is there. The notification disapears at 0 feet. How am I supposed to respond that he is not there if it disappears at the instant I would see him?

Post your hardware/OS info. I've never personally seen this happen. I see the hazard/police notification near .6 miles or so I think.

Actually, this happens all the time. Yes, the notification shows up around .6 miles, but it disappears the instant you reach the zero mark; thus, the OP's complaint that "not there" can't be selected once you know for sure whether or not the police are actually there.

Hmm, interesting. I usually get the countdown after I reach the zero mark. I haven't used waze on my Casio C771 recently but thought I used to get the countdown on it as well. I wonder why yours disappear the instant you reach the zero mark and mine don't. I'll have to try the Casio and see what happens here.
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Re: are police there?

Postby RoyaltyWoody » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:14 am

I've sometimes had them disappear as I approached. However, my guess was that someone else had already marked them as "Not there"... whether or not it was true. (Could be the police are using Waze and marking themselves as "Not There"... in order to keep their presence somewhat of a surprise.)
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Re: are police there?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:32 pm

DaveHolzmann wrote:(Could be the police are using Waze and marking themselves as "Not There"... in order to keep their presence somewhat of a surprise.)

That's been suggests before and not something I think can be easily done, but I've not tried this, so I'm not totally confident. The only way to tap "not there" is to have the police "ahead of you" on your route. So if they were running Waze, they'd have to be moving to tap Not There. They could have some coordination going on with someone else doing it for them, but I doubt they are going through that amount of effort.
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Re: are police there?

Postby Spil » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:18 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
DaveHolzmann wrote:(Could be the police are using Waze and marking themselves as "Not There"... in order to keep their presence somewhat of a surprise.)

That's been suggests before and not something I think can be easily done, but I've not tried this, so I'm not totally confident. The only way to tap "not there" is to have the police "ahead of you" on your route. So if they were running Waze, they'd have to be moving to tap Not There. They could have some coordination going on with someone else doing it for them, but I doubt they are going through that amount of effort.

In addition to that problem ... if they're just sitting there and not moving, Waze will shut down after the inactivity timeout (which is 5-10 minutes, don't remember for sure), so they'd have to keep re-starting Waze. Also, they would be polluting the speed data for the segment that they were last on before pulling off behind the billboard or onto the U-turn ... so Waze could potentially see that as a "traffic jam" and send you a different direction (thus adding to your trip time, but still keeping you from getting the speeding ticket that you deserved ;)).
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Re: are police there?

Postby Daknife » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:37 am

I really don't see this as being that big an issue. I can always see the spot the police are supposed to be at before I get there. Yes it disappears once you get to the zero spot, you are passing him at that moment and no longer have an opportunity to slow down or move over, it's too late by that point. So mark your thanks before you get to him and you are fine.

When I have a police warning pop up, I wait until I get within half a mile or so and then start looking for him. As soon as I see him I mark thanks. (I still feel the 2000 yards is too far out as often by the time I get to where I could even begin to see him I've been distracted by that annoyance called other vehicles on my road/in my way :lol: and forget to look for him).
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Re: are police there?

Postby aigarslv » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:02 pm

In Latvia some police officers use Waze and CityGuide, if they see that they have been spotted, they just move to the next spot :)
It is easier than marking not there.
HOWEVER - when we had portable speedcams - a lot of their operators did make comments like not there etc. to get more money ;)
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