US: Phantom Alert’s speed camera database for PNDs

Phantom Alert is selling a software download for portable GPS devices that warns users of any of the 5,000 or more traffic cameras that can issue traffic tickets via the mail.

The Phantom Alert works with most Garmin, TomTom and Magellan personal navigation devices (PNDs), to alert users as they drive along their route of speed cameras, red-light cameras, known speed traps and DUI checkpoints, and school zones in the U.S. and Canada. Phantom’s database contains more than 110,000 such locations, it said.

Speed and red-light cameras are becoming commonplace in cities such as Chicago, New York, Washington and Phoenix. These cameras generally snap a photo of offending cars and issue a ticket to the owners by mail. In total, more than half the U.S. states have camera concentrations in some cities or counties, according to suppliers of radar detectors.

Users connect their PND to a PC (via USB) and download the software. Depending on the type of PND, users can drag and drop the file into the PND interface or save it to the unit’s point-of-interest (POI) “loader,” which accepts third-party POIs.

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