IMHO there is nothing wrong with using Waze to report "Visible" or "Hidden" police on your drive home or to work or where ever you go... This is Social GPS people... What started as an experiment soon got picked up by Google in an Acquisition that cost Google upwards of $1 Billion (with a "B")!
I use it (Username EvilDawg if you haven't already guessed that) and am a "Royalty Wazer;" the highest rank one can achieve in the Waze app putting me in the top 1% of drivers who use Waze in California.
I also have no problem with the police trying to fool drivers into thinking there are police up ahead. It's a game to the police now and eventually either the police will stop trying to flood a very good and informative app with bogus data OR Google will disable the feature that allows users to mark a location along a road with a police unit onsite.
Honestly, this feature has saved me several tickets; I am sure of it.
What do you think? Read the story below and post a comment...
Cops are fighting Waze over a feature that lets users pinpoint where they've seen officers on a map, thus using the crowdsourced traffic app to avoid getting in trouble with the law. Now police in Miami are subverting the app by filling it with loads of bogus police sightings.
NBC in Miami reports that hundreds of local cops are reporting bogus police sightings and speedtraps to undermine the app. It's not hard to imagine that police departments across the country are probably doing this too; Waze is just as easy for coppers to use as everyday drivers. You sneaky police.
The beef between Waze and police runs deeper than avoiding traffic tickets, however. Recently, some U.S sheriffs asked the app's owner, Google, to disable the police tracking feature because it could theoretically be used to "stalk" the police. This is pretty ridiculous because if some unhinged person wants to stalk and kill cops they won't have any trouble doing it without the help of a traffic app. Waze developers respond that knowing the police are around probably just makes people drive more carefully.
The reality is that the app is probably hurting the police's ability to hand out speeding tickets—and collect the subsequent revenue—by allowing users to say where they've seen police posted up. If cops don't hit their numbers, they have to answer to angry supervisors. In that way, the police's bogus use of the app is understandable. Who wants to get yelled at by their boss? [NBC 6 Miami via Autoblog via TechDirt]