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Used to use radar detectors in the late 1980s and early 1990s for trips up and down the Eastern seaboard. Moved to the western U.S. in the mid-1990s and started flying for long trips (Southwest Air mostly) and never looked back. Since COVID hit, I have put > 8,000 road trip miles on the car. Google Maps "speed trap" warnings was the only support tool, but just got a new Escort 360c to see if it helps.
 

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Used to use radar detectors in the late 1980s and early 1990s for trips up and down the Eastern seaboard. Moved to the western U.S. in the mid-1990s and started flying for long trips (Southwest Air mostly) and never looked back. Since COVID hit, I have put > 8,000 road trip miles on the car. Google Maps "speed trap" warnings was the only support tool, but just got a new Escort 360c to see if it helps.
Welcome! How do you like the 360c so far?
 

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Welcome! I would recommend downloading Waze right away. A phenomenal app that should be in the pocket of every enthusiast.
 

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I would recommend downloading Waze right away. A phenomenal app that should be in the pocket of every enthusiast.
Google bought Waze a number of years ago. In the past year to 18 months, Google Maps has started issuing speed trap alerts, which I assume are mirrored over from Waze. Since Android Auto integrates Google Maps with the car's heads up touchscreen, it works pretty well --- the radio or streaming audio is muted and the alert voice says "speed trap ahead" and you see a designation on the map.

I see Waze is available as a sub-app under Android Auto, so I'll give Waze a try this weekend.

The big thing I'm looking for with the Escort connected series is automated callouts from the live network (and being able to contribute back to the network in an automated fashion via the connected detector).


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Welcome! Since you’re an Android user get ready to branch out even more. You have in addition to Waze, Highway Radar and JBV1. JBV1 will work well for you in standalone mode. You will discover more about that as you read around here.
 

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I haven't found that the alerts are cross-platform. I could be wrong, but I've seen far more on Waze
 

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+1 Smason,
I haven't seen cross platform alert symmetry between G and waze... i could be wrong due to my geographical reference and local user base. There are more waze users around me.
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Also an Android Auto user..
For my SYNC3, I have to keep Waze very current or it has trouble booting to AA.. G maps is rock solid and will operate several months out of date on AA..
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but Waze is the better CM in my area.
 
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I haven't found that the alerts are cross-platform. I could be wrong, but I've seen far more on Waze
I haven't seen cross platform alert symmetry between G and waze... i could be wrong due to my geographical reference and local user base.
I assumed (not being a Waze user) that Alphabet (parent company) was having Google Maps and Waze share road hazard and speed trap callouts. Perhaps I'm wrong, and the products are still stove-piped with only a small amount of technology sharing at the developer level between the two.
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How do you like the 360c so far?
I have about 900 to 1k miles driven with the unit, a MAX 360c. About 150 miles of city/urban driving, the rest open interstate in the desert southwest. The physical detector is great; no hotspot integrated with the car, so I run an Android phone in WiFi hotspot mode. The 360c is connected to WiFi for the entire ride. The first firmware upgrade out of the box was painful (> 45 minutes) but the weekly database update isn't too bad. I really like the "overspeed" notification, which I have set to 5mph over the posted speed limit.

The unit falses on some blind-side monitors. For example, it cleanly detected every new model Dodge Ram pickup truck on the highway. Perhaps I need to engage the K-band notch filter. It also does a good job on Burlington Northern / Santa Fe railroad locomotives, which must use Ka-band radar for collision warning. I ran Waze in parallel along with the 360c, and of 4 visible state troopers on the interstate this past weekend, Waze and the 360c detected one that was stationary on the shoulder with his Ka-band radar in "always-on" mode. Two troopers were stationary and not flagged by either the detector or Waze, and the final one was traveling the opposite way on a concrete divided section of highway in an urban area and only the 360c detected it, no Waze report. To be fair, I don't think Waze handles reports of moving troopers.

I'd say the most annoying thing is that the database of stationary cameras doesn't seem to work exactly right. For example, if there's a red light camera on an overpass and you are on the interstate under the overpass, you get a proximity warning that counts down in feet, but the threat isn't pointed at your roadway.

I passed two of the non-ticket-issuing "this is your speed" radar-enabled signs, the 360c noted K-band radar for one that was a new permanent install on a pole, the other was a temporary road-side generator powered sign in a construction zone, and the 360c didn't go off. Perhaps it had been there long enough it was in the database?

The Escort Live app desperately needs full Android Auto integration. Badly. The default seems to be to have the Escort Live app annunciate the detection via the phone's internal speaker, even when the phone is plugged into the Android Auto enabled head unit. So the phone tries to shout the radar band warning over the car stereo's audio program? The app should know to mute the radio or streaming audio, and then enunciate the detection like Waze and Google Maps (which both have Android Auto integration). I don't look at the phone when it is plugged into the car's head unit, so whatever the Escort Live app was doing on screen, I never saw its features. This also means I wasn't confirming the 360c's detections to the Escort Live network, though I understand the Ka-band detections are auto-reported back into the Escort Live network.
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It also does a good job on Burlington Northern / Santa Fe railroad locomotives, which must use Ka-band radar for collision warning.
Apparently it is well known that the BNSF railroad uses deployable Ka-band speed signs to warn/aid its engineers:
https://www.rdforum.org/threads/28559/
 
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