Feature Request - Integration of Bluetooth Radar Detector

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Re: Feature Request - Integration of Bluetooth Radar Detecto

Postby MGODLEW » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:40 am

itcommute wrote:I am unsure what their having a patent would have to do with Waze's ability to collect data from a Bluetooth connected device. If patents regarding use of Bluetooth connected tech were such a concern, then by the same logic, no program on my phone should be allowed to use my Motorola headset, or Logitech keyboard (both bluetooth).

Patents have everything to do with it. Keyboards, Mouses, Bluetooth headsets are designed to have open compatibility. The iRadar isn't. So unless you design an Open-Sourced radar detector that you will be selling to the public and providing Waze with the source code I don't see this happening.

itcommute wrote:I guess what I am saying is, unless their patent specifically stipulates that nothing is allowed to connect to or use the data from the iRadar device, then where is the problem? If there were such a problem, I am sure Google (current owners of Waze) could come up with some agreement with Cobra since its ability to interact with Waze would be mutually beneficial. Waze would have another means of collecting useful data, while Cobra would benefit from getting their product name out there as an item consumers will want (because they can use it with Waze)

Google & Waze are actually 2 separate companies. While yes, Google is the parent company & even though you have a good idea I wouldn't get my hopes up about Waze implementing this into their app. Generally speaking, if it wouldn't help at least 80% of the users there is little chance of something like this becoming possible.

itcommute wrote:On another note, I encourage you to download the iRadar application and try it out so you can see just how awful it is, an how Waze could do it much better. The application is available for free download on both Android and Apple devices, and will work without the presence of an iRadar unit.

I've used it, it is awful.. Hence why I am a Wazer :D
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Re: Feature Request - Integration of Bluetooth Radar Detecto

Postby itcommute » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:25 am

I am unsure what their having a patent would have to do with Waze's ability to collect data from a Bluetooth connected device. If patents regarding use of Bluetooth connected tech were such a concern, then by the same logic, no program on my phone should be allowed to use my Motorola headset, or Logitech keyboard (both bluetooth).

I guess what I am saying is, unless their patent specifically stipulates that nothing is allowed to connect to or use the data from the iRadar device, then where is the problem? If there were such a problem, I am sure Google (current owners of Waze) could come up with some agreement with Cobra since its ability to interact with Waze would be mutually beneficial. Waze would have another means of collecting useful data, while Cobra would benefit from getting their product name out there as an item consumers will want (because they can use it with Waze).

On another note, I encourage you to download the iRadar application and try it out so you can see just how awful it is, an how Waze could do it much better. The application is available for free download on both Android and Apple devices, and will work without the presence of an iRadar unit.
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Re: Feature Request - Integration of Bluetooth Radar Detecto

Postby MGODLEW » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:14 am

I think Speedster has a patent for iRadar?
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Feature Request - Integration of Bluetooth Radar Detector

Postby itcommute » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:24 pm

I am the owner of a Bluetooth-connected radar detector called an "iRadar" manufactured by Cobra. I have the IRad 150 model, which connects to both Android and Apple devices. Unfortunately after being spoiled by your application, I tried the map application for this device supplied by Cobra, and let's just say it is severely elementary compared to Waze.

It would be great if there were a way to allow the use of these devices within Waze so that I don't have to use their crappy application. Better still, some additional reporting info could be provided by the device, such as the type of speed detection used by reported traffic cameras or police when a Wazer makes a report and radar or laser are detected.

There are other models of Cobra that connect in this way, and I imagine there are other radar detector manufacturers that have a smart-device connection.

Perhaps Waze could at least teach Cobra a thing or two about community-based traffic applications? :mrgreen:
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Allow radar detector apps alerts audio to overlay waze

Postby abwoof99 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:01 am

I'm on a motorcycle and no way will I give up my waze, but I just wish waze would allow audio alerts via bluetooth from a radar detector, or if so, someone please tell me how.

I bought a new max360 assuming it's bluetooth would be the bomb, but running its app with the setting still give alerts if in background (or whatever it's called) checked, with waze of course running on top, I did not hear any alerts from the detector app :( and had to return it for being useful on a bike.
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