The app has a feature called "Training Mode". When you send a Safetygram from Training Mode, it still uploads to BusyCop.com, but it goes to a different section, where we know not to take it seriously. Training Mode Safetygrams do not have to be of a "real" event. You can event annotate them with bogus data, to get practice using the system.
Training Mode Safetygrams do not show up on the Live map, or on the heat maps.
It's easier than writing it down!
Even the latest cell phone cameras have a lot of trouble picking up license plates. It's even worse in low light. And, having a plate, or even a partial plate, is very helpful to the process that we use to match up Safetygrams. So, it's best to shout out the plate.
Also, it helps if you use a Phonetic Alphabet. Our moderators have a hard time telling apart letters that sound the same, like "B" and "D".
Please don't drive crazy to get a look at a plate. If you don't catch it, no big deal!
Live Safetygrams: If a moderator is available (and they think your Safetygram is noteworthy enough), they will annotate your Safetygram, in order to make the plate available to everyone with a minimum of delay. Of course, you are welcome to revise their work.
Manual Upload Safetygrams: You are responsible for annotating these (usually at the time of upload).
What? That never happens!
Actually, the easiest way to duplicate a Safetygram is to manually upload it (a second time) from the BusyCop Dashcam app. You can annotate the new Safetygram with the second plate.
Your subscriptions apply to whichever devices are associated with your BusyCop.com account. You associate a device with your account by logging in, via the app, from that device.
Note that a subscription may only be cancelled by the Google account that purchased it (subscriptions are purchased using Google Play).
Only Live Safetygrams show up on the live map, and only if they are recent. Other types of Safetygrams can be found via the "Search" function or the "Rankings" function.
You can use the BusyCop Dashcam app to "manually upload" recent recordings (please do not attempt this until your vehicle is safely stopped), or you can upload Safetygrams as .mp4 files.