Radar detectors remain some of the most controversial consumer electronics among law enforcement and transportation industry circles. While they are a frequent sight on dashboards in nearly all U.S. states. In fact, radar detectors are illegal in private vehicles only in Virginia, Washington D.C., and U.S. military bases. Meanwhile, the use of radar detectors is illegal for all commercial vehicles and in many countries including Australia and most provinces of Canada. To further help drivers elude police detection when driving over the speed limit, one recent college graduate has released Copdrop, an app which navigates users around police radar traps and roadblocks. How is this a good idea?
The app, called Copdrop, was developed by Logan Greer, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s department of mechanical engineering. Logan says the dream of developing an app came to home as he mulled over the depressing realities of today’s job market and what he says was an unjust run-in with the law he had:
All throughout college I wasn’t sure I wanted to join the corporate climb. I was arrested two years ago and in my opinion it was unjust and some of my rights were violated. I’ve always had a strong aversion to authority so I wanted to empower people to reclaim their rights. A couple weeks before I graduated I made the decision to spend a month trying to start this off and it was intimidating seeing all my peers confirmed with jobs, but I had a dream that I could avoid that and I’m currently trying my best to make it happen.
Copdrop works similar to other navigation apps which allow users to submit real-time reports of traffic or obstacles, instead it focuses solely on police radar traps, laser traps, or roadblocks. Copdrop can then navigate users around the police in real time. The app is free on the Apple App Store, and is currently sixteenth on the list of free navigation apps. Since its release last month, the app currently boasts about 10,000 users. Copdrop’s designer Greer hopes that he can port the app to Android and expand the user base through advertising to help more people avoid police detection when breaking the law.
You know, I’ve got a great idea for an app, too: it’s called “driving the speed limit.” They’re there for a reason and save lives. Maybe traffic apps developed by reckless young 20-somethings aren’t the best idea after all.