Trapster mobile applications alert drivers as they approach police speed traps, red light cameras, speed cameras, and other roadway hazards. The software is available on most smartphones such as iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm and Nokia.
The start-up was in close touch with NAVTEQ executives as a semi-finalists in the 2008 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge (Americas edition).
Trapster brings to NAVTEQ a precious resource in terms of crowd-sourced speed camera information as well as passive GPS probe data gathered from its users. This acquisition is however valuable for NAVTEQ as far as the mapping company can retain the (free) community spirit that made the service a success. In the one hand we have a small start-up run by a serial entrepreneur off a Californian beach and in the other hand we have a large, Chicago-based, dark-suit-and-tie style corporation; an interesting mix that we will follow closely.