October 21, 2014

Android Does Get You out of Tickets!

This is a guest post from Aaron Kasten of AndroidSwag, your source for tons of Android collectibles and clothes. You can find AndroidGuys t-shirts and decals, among other great and unique Android items.

If you didn’t already know about Trapster and the Speed Trap feature of Waze they are a great way to prevent being caught speeding.  Users submit a location of a known speed trap the next time you are approaching one of the user submitted traps you receive a notification.  They work great for prevention.  But what about when you’re already pulled over by Johnny Law?asd
Today on my way to get my car inspected (it was over due),  a policeman drives by and decides he should pull me over as I was pulling into the shop.  Fortunately it was pretty obvious I was there to get my inspection so that part of the ticket was easy enough avoid.  However, I had mistakenly left my freshly printed insurance card sitting on the printer at home.  OH NO!! Not only would I need it to get out of an insurance ticket but I would also need it to get the inspection!
Using my Android super phone (Nexus One) I quickly navigated to my insurance providers site. I logged in, browsed through a few pages, found the link to print my cards and BAM!  It opens as a PDF!  I was pretty nervous whether or not the officer would even accept it.  At first he said no, stating it was too easy to forge.  (Like the stupid piece of paper I printed back home isn’t?) Sensing I was about to get a ticket I showed him that I was indeed browsing my providers site. I showed him the link to download the cards and finally the PDF of the card itself.  At this point he was pretty impressed and decided not to right me the ticket, he did tell me I should still carry my insurance in printed form.
The best part of all this for me was when I realized the site had several flash elements that would have prohibited me from showing him the insurance cards on say… an iPhone
Has your phone gotten you out of a  bind?  Leave a comment below!
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