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Topic # 58084 6-Mar-2010 21:10
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I was thinking yesterday while driving quite a distance for work about how in the future, speeding tickets could be handed out. Not that anyone wants a speeding ticket, but sometimes they are inevitable.
This brought me to the idea of cars in the future all with GPS as a standard feature. When the cars are first registered, the plate number and owner details are recorded in a database/system that also tracks speed, location of vehicle - in case of it being stolen, etc. Of course licence plates can be removed so the plate details would have to be recorded somewhere else on the vehicle. Maybe in a microdot format which is then sprayed in various locations on the car body.  As for the speeding side of things, if somehow the GPS was set to allow a maximum speed of say 110km (They may be able to do this already, I only use the GPS on my Nokia 5800) and if any speed over the 110km was then recorded, the tracking system would register it and the owner of the car would be sent a ticket.  It would have privacy issues, but if it was set up so only speeding was recorded, and not being able to follow someone's daily driving, e.g. from home to shops, work etc.  The only way the vehicle could be "followed" would be if it was stolen.  And a system like this would free up traffic officers, remove the need to have roadside speed camera's and other means of catching speeders.

Of course, something along these lines may exist already, but just my thoughts when out travelling for work.

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  Reply # 305116 6-Mar-2010 23:05
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This is assuming you have any control over how fast your car is traveling by the time we get to this stage?

And that they make them impossible to hack. As soon as someone makes their car go 10,000KM/H, any speeding ticket becomes invalid.

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  Reply # 305123 6-Mar-2010 23:35
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The only possible reason for doing this that I can see is for revenue collection.

There are privacy issues, as you will need to know the speed, direction and location of the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle was traveling outside the defined speed restrictions - and I'm not entirely convinced that a point measurement would be sufficient evidence.

How would one prove that the vehicle was in a particular drivers control - i.e. same as speed cameras, so you cannot attach demerit points to the fine.

Furthermore - this system would rely on a having CPE (customer premise equipment) ... aka "something that can be monkeyed" with.

At least with being pulled over by an actual police officer you get a reminder right then and there that you were not obeying the rules.

With speed cameras - you *should* see the unit (so even if you get caught, you know about it).

Remember, all the pressure to not exceed the speed limit is advertised about safety. I suspect that's why hidden speed cameras were ditched?

Never mind that the speed limit may exceed (sometimes excessively) what would constitute a safe manner in which to drive ...

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  Reply # 305132 7-Mar-2010 00:07
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There is already a system in place called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA). This system can control your speed automatically by slowing the car down if you go over the speed limit.
Google  for more info.
Your idea would be more about Revenue collecting rather than road safety, as most accidents happen below
the speed limit, which in turn is an arbitrary  and unscientific number on a pole.

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  --  Abraham lincoln

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