Trapster announces Windows Phone 7 app coming soon [Pics + Contest]

For those of you who remember Trapster (see site) on Windows Mobile (see our review from 2010), you'll be excited to know that an official Windows Phone 7 version is right around the corner. If you haven't heard of Trapster yet, well, it's basically a social-network for us daily road warriors, a way to communicate the important stuff to other drivers, via you smartphone:

Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards

Their system has not only proved to be successful, but very popular  with nearly 12 million registered users as it's available on iOS, BlackBerry, Android and 3rd party GPS devices (Garmin, TomTom). In fact, we're told that July is the target for release for the free app, meaning this a lot closer than "in the works". The WP7 version, developed by Chaotic Moon Studios, supports all the latest bells & whistles found on other platforms:

  • Live Tile
  • Search
  • Directions
  • My Trips (share trips with others)
  • Caravan (see your Trapster friends on the map)
  • Audio Player Controls
  • Real Time Traffic

And to celebrate the occasion, in conjunction with the fine folks at Trapster, we have 10 license plate frames up for grabs with a simple task--simply Tweet the line below by midnight (EST) on May 14, 2010 and we'll randomly choose 10 winners:

@Trapster announces #WP7 app is in the works on @WPCentral

We're excited about this major title coming to Windows Phone 7 as it's just another feather in the hat for our fledgling OS, plus we who doesn't want to drive safer (and not get a speeding ticket?).

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Personally, I think any app that encourages you to use your phone while driving is dumb. It will encourage authorities to come up with ways to totally disable your device while in a moving vehicle. And I expect one day someone with drop a $100M lawsuit on one of these guys and that will end things pretty quickly.I know, its your choice to use it. Just like the warning on the side of cigarette packs.
  • So Phone not okay, but GPS and radio are fine? Seems rather arbitrary, no?I understand no texting or calls, but I'm certainly using my phone for turn-by-turn directions or traffic info.
  • Or, better yet, what about when a "co-pilot" uses it. I did that just the other day for someone when we were going to a new area of town and lost our way. Got us on track easily without needing to stop and waste gas or time.My sister's car has a built-in GPS and I think it disables input when the car is moving, which I think is so silly because not even a passenger can input in that situation.
  • Hey, we know that there are all kinds of distractions when driving, from reading the paper to eating a cheeseburger, not to mention our electronic cockpits. But I stick my GPS to my windshield and set my location before I start moving (which is a device requirement BTW, and a good one). Same goes for checking traffic before you get started, or inevitably once you get stuck in it. But an app that encourages you to input and extract information while driving, I just don't get it.
  • it's been a while and nothing showed up !where's the app ! :D
  • I agree lol Where is this app!