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Warnings in the AmiGO app

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Our aim is to give warnings for all situations which can be dangerous, including any roadside cameras which can result in a fine or other penalties such as license points. Warnings are given regardless of whether you have are following a route or not. However, with a planned route the warnings may be more accurate. Warnings are visual and audible.

In the AmiGO app, warnings can be divided into Camera warnings and Hazard warnings.

Camera warnings:

  • Fixed speed camera: A static camera, which is activated based on the speed of your vehicle..
  • Mobile speed camera: A temporary camera (laser, radar, handheld or on a tripod) which is activated based on the speed or your vehicle and whose existence has been confirmed.
  • Likely mobile camera: A mobile speed camera whose existence has not yet been confirmed.
  • Red light camera: A static camera which is activated based on traffic light colour, in some areas combined with speed.
  • Traffic restriction cameras: A static camera which is activated for a number of other restrictions such as no-right-turn cameras, bus-lane cameras, etc..
  • Average speed zone: Two or more static cameras which measure your speed over a stretch of road and is activated when the average at the last camera is over the limit.
  • Speed enforcement zone: Multiple static cameras spread over a stretch of road which are activated based on your driving speed, but not the average.

Hazard warnings:

  • Jam ahead: A warning when you are approaching a traffic jam where the speed is much slower than that of the traffic driving towards it.
  • Danger zones (only when driving in France): A warning for a potentially dangerous stretch of road, including fixed speed cameras.
  • Risk zones (only when driving in France): A warning for a temporary, potentialy dangerous stretch of road, including mobile speed cameras whose existence have been confirmed.
  • Likely risk zones (only when driving in France): A warning for a temporary, potentially dangerous stretch of road including mobile speed cameras whose existence have not yet been confirmed.

The AmiGO app also provides warnings for Speeding, i.e. driving above the speed limit.

For each of the warning types you can turn them on and off in the AmiGO app or restrict them to only warn you in certain situations. Go to the Settings menu to adjust these options.

If you turn a warning type off the app will no longer provide warnings for this type, and they will not be displayed on the map.

Reporting, confirming, and deleting cameras

How do I report a missing fixed or mobile camera?

Please report all cameras we've missed by pressing the Report button as close to the actual location as you can get. Your fellow community members will appreciate it.

I have reported a fixed camera, but the next time I drove past it, the app didn't warn me. Why not?

For fixed cameras our expert moderation team investigates all reports individually. Sometimes, due to the high number of reports, it may take up to a week to confirm that your report is a real speed camera, which is active. Please bear with us. Ultimately these manual checks make the warning service of higher quality than a purely community based approach.

Why does the app ask me to confirm that cameras are still there?

We ask the community to help us to verify the location of all speed cameras, so any new or removed cameras can be processed quickly in our database. In some countries, we only ask for a confirmation the first time you drive past a camera, in other countries we will ask the question each time until you answer it. You are not obliged to respond to the question, but the service gets better if you do.

Sound and Spoken Warnings settings

I do not hear any warnings

Android™ version only: If you are using Bluetooth®, please try changing the sound output channel by going to the Settings menu and select Always use device speaker.

How can I adjust the warning volume?

This can be set using the phone up/down volume button while in the app.

Android™ version only: The sound files we use have been specifically made to allow the most flexibility for most people’s requirements when driving. We use the standard Android Device Media volume setting.

How can I use spoken warnings instead of beeps?

Go to the Settings menu and select Speed cameras and Audio Warning. Here you can choose between Voice, Alarmand None. You can choose between the same options for Hazards.

Android™ version only: If the option Voice option is not available, this is because your device is not enabled for text-to-speech. In some devices, depending on your Android™ version and phone language, text-to-speech (TTS) comes pre-installed, in others you will need to enable it and download the speech data for the selected language(s). Please see your device manual for details on how to do this.

How can I force the sounds to be played through the device speaker even when I have the app connected to a Bluetooth® unit? (Android™ version only)

This depends on the particular brand and model of your phone. By default, warning sounds are played through the same channel as your phone’s ringtone. On most devices, this uses both the phone’s speaker and the connected audio system, but some phones play ringtones only through the audio system.

If you want the app to play all sounds through the audio system, go to the Settings menu and select Always use device speaker.

Legality

Is it unlawful to use this app in my country?

As a driver it is your responsibility to make sure that you adhere to all legal requirements while driving, so that includes the use of apps. You can turn speed camera alerts on or off at any time and the app will still work for traffic information. The legality of the Speed Cameras service in several EU countries is unclear. You use the service at your own risk and TomTom accepts no liability arising from its use.

As a driver you should be aware of the fact that speed cameras are disabled in certain countries and take this into account when crossing any borders.

In France, we support Danger Zones and Risk Zones instead of speed cameras. See the Warning Types section for more information. The app is certified by Infocert that it is legal to use in France.

Permissions

What permissions does the AmiGO app need?

The AmiGO app uses the following permissions:

  1. Location: TomTom AmiGo uses your location to show you speed cameras and traffic-ahead information.
  2. Photos/Media/Files and Storage, to temporary store map and traffic data on your internal storage / SD card to give you a better experience.
  3. Wi-Fi and Network connections, to connect to the Internet.
  4. Change your audio settings, to control the volume directly from the app.
  5. Bluetooth®: to pair with your Bluetooth® car kit / Bluetooth® device. TomTom AmiGo automatically starts and stops based on a known bluetoooth device being connected/disconnected to save battery.
  6. (iOS version only) Microphone: TomTom AmiGo allows you to report speed cameras using voice.
  7. (iOS version only) Accelerometer: TomTom AmiGo requires access to your accelerometer data to collect information about your drive.
  8. (Android™ version only) Draw over other apps, for using the Overlay mode to show the app on top of other apps.

Why does the AmiGO app need access to my media files and SD card? (Android™ version only)

We use the device memory to store our local data. Depending on your device, this could also be on the SD card in your device. Don’t worry - We don’t access any of your private media files even though the permissions message of the Android operating system makes it look like we will. The TomTom AmiGO app only accesses its own files.

Can the app work without any of those permissions?

No, the app needs all permissions mentioned above to function correctly, except for the “Draw over other apps” and “Bluetooth®” permission.

Read aloud warnings

What are read aloud warnings?

Instead of beeps you can switch the app to read aloud warnings when receiving a warning. You will then hear warnings such as” Red light speed camera, 50 mph”.

Are read aloud warnings on by default?

Yes.

Can I have read aloud warnings and beeps at the same time?

No, currently that is not possible.

How do I enable read aloud warnings?

Make sure you have enabled Text-to-speech (TTS) in the settings of your Android operating system, and downloaded a supported voice. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to your smartphone documentation.

Are read aloud warnings available for my language?

Not all Android smartphones support all TTS languages. This can also depend on the installed Text-to-speech (TTS) engines. Please refer to your smartphone documentation for more information.

What if I still don’t hear read aloud warnings?

If read aloud warnings are still not working after you have selected your preferred settings, please make sure you restart the application completely

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